Enduro bikes are arguably the most talked about machines in the bike world. They’re what young riders are saving up their hard-earned cash for and daydreaming about.
Companies are working hard to keep up with that excitement
by building bikes that weigh close to what a cross-country bike
does but have the geometry and suspension to handle the
most technical downhill trails.
Cannondale has a reputation for creating bikes that forgo
industry standards, often inventing technology to reach optimum performance. The Jekyll is a product of Cannondale’s
tireless commitment to innovation. Love it or hate it,
Cannondale isn’t afraid to rattle the cage a little when it comes
to building a new bike. This is their enduro bike.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
With studs like Jerome Clementz winning the Enduro
World Series on the Jekyll, there is no doubt that Cannondale
designed this bike for racing. Like most Cannondale bikes, the
Jekyll is suited for riders looking for the most efficient bike for
their discipline. With 160 millimeters of travel, the Jekyll offers
seasoned and aspiring enduro racers versatility.
This is one of two carbon models that Cannondale offers,
with the Carbon 1 just above it, which comes with the Lefty
SuperMax fork. Our test bike comes stock with a RockShox
Pike, which is a little easier for some potential converts to
stomach. Retail is $6070 from your local dealer.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Jekyll Carbon 2 uses a full-carbon front and rear triangle made from Cannondale’s proprietary BallisTec Hi-MOD
fibers. BallisTec Hi-MOD is a denser carbon which Cannondale
claims still provides a lightweight frame and rear triangle. The
frame tubing on the Jekyll is impressive to look at. Most tubes
are oversized, but the downtube has a dramatic shape that
gets bigger as it nears the bottom bracket shell. In going with
the theme of stout tubes and junctions, the head tube is 1.5
inches in diameter to accommodate a Lefty fork. Cannondale
does make a headset reducer so riders can run non-1.5 forks,
such as the Pike that came stock on our test bike.
BIKE TEST / CANNONDALE JEKYLL