The weapon of choice for serious stage races, if you are campaigning a Cape Epic, JoBerg2C, Sani or FNB Wines2Whales this is probably what you want to be riding. Iconic in appearance, thanks to its Lefty fork, the Scalpel is exceptionally light for a dual-suspension mountain bike, at only 10.2kg. Its frame is made from a high-modulus composite and its handmade US carbon wheels, from Utah-based specialist Enve composites, make it roll faster than anything else. Shimano’s XTR Di2 electronic drivetrain means that trail debris and conventional cable strain won’t cause your gears to skip and shift. If you love grinding gravel for hours on end, this is the bike for you.