Feature Bike 25/02/22 - Cannondale Jekyll - Is this the ultimate enduro bike?

Feature Bike - Cannondale Jekyll

See you at the bottom
Even though Jekyll boasts a unique combo of go-fast tech that’s never been seen before, it’s not a bike that talks. It’s a bike that goes.

Where it thrives
Steep, fast, rowdy mountains

What it’s built for
Enduro racing, bike park sessions, high-speed mobbing

Descend into Greatness
It’s a hell of a climber but come on. Jekyll was born for the downs. Every part of it is crafted for the sweet embrace of speed, every element designed to help you wring a bit more of velocity’s nectar from those steep, chunky, high pucker lines you love.

Best. Suspension. Ever.
4-bar meets high pivot meets idler pulley meets size-specific kinematics. For real. If you’re not up for suspension buzzword bingo, just know that it grips, floats, and pedals like nothing else. It’s always up for getting down.

The Gravity Cavity
The shock tucks cleanly into the twin spar downtube, keeping the bike’s centre of gravity as low as possible. Wicked stability, instant line changes and one-of-a-kind look.

Built for You
Well, not you specifically. But someone just like you. With Cannondale’s Proportional Response design, everything – from the suspension layout to the geometry, even the length of the chainstays – is completely customized by size, for performance built just for you.

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Our Thoughts
The bike that you can see in our feature bike is mine! That’s right I have been riding the Jekyll for just under 4 months now and I’ve changed a few things along the way! My first alteration was the wheels, I switched the stock wheels that came with the Jekyll straight out of the box for my wheel of choice, the Bontrager Line Elites. These strong high engagement point wheels are perfect for the riding I do and are in my opinion, Bontrager has some of the best value for money wheels on the market.

The second part I changed out was the tyres. From new, I switched from the stock Maxxis tyres over to my preferred set of Schwalbe tyres, Magic Mary, and Big Betty. However, as of recent, I have opted to try out a brand-new tyre brand, Michelin Tyres and I’m happy to say that I am blown away! These tyres grip and they give you a real nice hard sidewall for extra support when running lower tyre pressures.

The final component that I switched on was the suspension. The bike came with a Fox factory 38 and X2 air shock, and what unreal bits of kit these are, the amount of tuning and adjustment is just mind-blowing and I don’t have a bad thing to say about the suspension setup on this bike, in-fact for the money, Cannondale did a number on this one! But I’m a diehard Rockshox fan and love me a coil so I made the switch to a super deluxe coil and Rockshox Zeb Ultimate and so far, they both work like butter and the rear end feels even more dreamy than before!

The components that came kitted on this bike top it off and give it that value for the money edge, The Hollowgram flat top carbon bars give a stunning look to the bike all while being super comfy on those chattery descents. The GX drivetrain yet again powers on through with that huge 10-52 T cassette you can climb up anything you throw at it.

 

My biggest surprise was the brakes, I have never really even been a fan of SRAM brakes however the CODE RSC brakeset that came on this bike blows my mind and I have to say. Best brakes I have ever used! They are powerful when you need them to be but give you an awesome range of modulation when you are making your way down steep technical descents and want to avoid locking up your wheels.

Finally, the frame, the most important part of the bike! This thing is amazing, from the looks to the performance, Cannondale cracked this one! From the first ride, I haven’t been any less than impressed. No more hanging up on square edges and the amazing feeling this bike gives when you pump into a feature, and it just accelerates gets me every single time! Not to mention the fact that this bike is practically silent, so far, I have experienced no chain slap and hearing the ground beneath you, rather than a clanging of bolts and chains really will never get old!

My closing thoughts on the bike are …… This thing ROCKS, every time I ride, I am blown away by how responsive, playful yet planted it feels, it’s great to see Cannondale getting stock back into the radicle bike design not to mention the stunning paint job on this thing!

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Specification

Frame165mm travel, Carbon, Proportional Response Tuned, Guidler idler pulley/chainguide, BSA 73, ISCG05, tapered head tube, Ai Offset
ForkRockshox Zeb Ultimate 170mm
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB Bottom Bracket  
StemBurgtech Enduro Stem 35mm 
HandlebarCannondale 1 Riser, Carbon, 30mm rise, 8° sweep, 5° rise, 780mm
SaddleFabric Scoop Shallow Elite
SeatpostCannondale DownLow Dropper w/ Matchmaker lever, 31.6, 125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L-XL)
Rear DerailleurSRAM GX Lunar Eagle
CrankSRAM X1 Eagle B148 CL55, 32T
Shifters

Sram GX

CassetteSRAM XG-1275, GX Eagle, 10-52, 12-speed
ChainSRAM XO1
RimsBontrager Alloy Line Elite
Front HubBontrager Line Elite Boost
Rear HubBontrager Line Elite Boost 108 super drive
TiresMichelin Wild Enduro 29 x 2.40
Disk RotorsSRAM 220/200mm CenterLine rotors

Find your ride today!