TRICKS, TIPS, UPGRADES?
The Jekyll Carbon 2 is light, stiff and has a solid build kit. We
would have liked to see a higher-end set of wheels, especially
given the price. Riders who invest in the Carbon 2 won’t have any
issues with what comes stock, but will see a big increase in performance if they upgrade to a lighter set of wheels. The medium
size comes stock with a 125-millimeter-travel dropper, but we
would definitely recommend going to 150 millimeters of travel if
your saddle height allows.
At nearly $6100, this is hardly a “budget bike,” despite the fact
that Cannondale puts a “ 2” on the downtube. For that price, we’d
like to know that the bike is in it for the long haul. The pull shock is
difficult to set up and is simply not replaceable with anything else
on the market. It also doesn’t really offer any performance benefit.
It seems to be different simply for the sake of being different. As a
result, we feel it’s a “feature” that holds this bike back.
The Jekyll has a range of personalities on the trail—from stiff,
aggressive climber to burly downhill shredder—and it would be
hard to ignore the successes that enduro racers have achieved on
this machine, especially if you’re looking for your next race bike.
In addition, despite the long-travel and enduro-oriented ride, the
Jekyll offers versatility (that might be a little overkill at times) that
even less aggressive trail riders might appreciate in a do-it-all
30. 5 pounds
Medium ( 18”)
RockShox Pike 160mm travel
Fox DYAD RT2 160/95mm travel
W TB i25 rims 27. 5", Formula hubs
Schwalbe Hans Dampf 27.5x2.35
SRAM Guide RS
Cannondale Si, 30-tooth SpideRing
Cannondale C1 Carbon riser, 780mm
SRAM XG-1180 10-42
None (weighed with HT T1 pedals)
CANNONDALE JEKYLL CARBON 2
Bottom bracket height
Top tube length
Head tube angle
Seat tube angle
BIKE TEST / CANNONDALE JEKYLL
The steeper, the better: Even with a slightly longer reach, we
were shocked at just how easy it was to shift our weight over
the rear wheel on steep sections. At times we would have liked
a longer dropper than the 125-millimeter-travel one that came
stock, but in all, the Jekyll thrives on steep pitches.
SpideRing: To keep the weight
down and integration up,
Cannondale designed their own
narrow-wide chainring to match
their light and stiff Si cranks. We
didn’t experience any dropped
chains during our testing, but
more aggressive riders might
want to add a chainguide as an
extra insurance policy.