HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Setting sag is usually pretty straightforward, but the DYAD
RT2 requires a little more effort than most shocks. The DYAD
is a high-pressure shock and uses a special shock pump that
Cannondale supplies with the purchase of the bike. All of the air in
the negative chamber has to be let out, then added to the positive
chamber. Once air has been added to the positive chamber, air
can be added to the negative chamber to complete the process.
To see if the sag is properly set, a small part of the shock shaft
will be exposed at the top when you sit on the saddle. Cannondale
built a sag guide into the shock to simplify the process slightly.
Moving out: Once we set the sag we dialed in the reach and
saddle position. Cannondale specs the bike with an incredibly
short 40-millimeter stem and wide 780-millimeter bars that gave
us a very compact position we loved.
Cornering: We couldn’t get enough when it came to cornering
on the Jekyll. The geometry felt playful and aggressive, and the
wide bars and compact reach gave us plenty of leverage. The
rebound on the DYAD feels very unique and seemed to allow the
rear wheel to stick through corners. The stout thru-axles on the
linkage added to the frame’s stiffness and gave the Jekyll a confident feel when pushed hard into corners.
Climbing: Considering that enduro racing can include quite a
bit of climbing, race bikes need to be able to make it to the top
quickly. With the DYAD switched into the Elevate mode, the rear
end felt stiff and responsive. The whole frame responded when we
were out of the saddle and pedaling hard up steep punches. The
close stem did put our weight over the front end a little too much
at times, though. Riders who plan on climbing more aggressively
might want to consider a slightly longer stem.
Descending: We had heard quite a bit about just how well the
Jekyll could rip downhill, so we were eager to see just how fast it
could descend. With the DYAD in the Flow mode and the Pike wide
open, the Jekyll feels like it’s gliding at high speeds. The Jekyll
has a slightly steeper head angle of 67 degrees, which doesn’t feel
unstable, but it gives the bike a more aggressive position to handle
technical sections of trail.
It was difficult to ignore just how stiff the frame and rear triangle
felt, which gave our testers a little more confidence at high speeds
and over technical sections of trail. The short stem and wide bar
combo gave the Jekyll a very playful feel that allowed our testers
to have plenty of fun. The compact feel of the Jekyll made it easy
to throw the bike around and push it to take almost any line that
You’ll need it: The Carbon 2 comes stock with 180-millimeter
rotors in the front and rear that gave the bike a racy feel. Riders
doing more trail riding than racing probably won’t need much
more stopping power. The Guide RS brakes were a confident
match for the Jekyll.
on the Jekyll
uses a 15x110
thru-axle (like what
is used on some front
forks) and provides a
healthy amount of stiffness between the frame
and rear triangle. This
translated to quicker response
out of corners and confident
handling over technical terrain.
All the big stuff: Speed is generally your friend through rock
gardens, and the Jekyll is quick to provide it.