Bike Check: Marco Osborne’s EWS ready Cannondale Jekyll

Fox and Shimano equipped race rig

27.5 Enduro
Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

Marco recently won the TDS on this Cannondale Jekyll. He’s also running this same build while chasing the EWS series. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

Yesterday, we checked out Mark Weir’s Cannondale Jekyll. Today, we’ll take a quick look at Marco Osborne’s. If you’re unfamiliar with Marco, he’s the youngest member of Cannondale’s Enduro race team.

Born and raised near Tahoe, he got his start on a hand me down from Mark Weir. Under the tutelage of Mark, Ben Cruz, and Jason Moeschler, this Norcal local has become a podium threat at enduro races around the world.

Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

Shimano Saint brakes offer ridiculous power. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

If you’ve ever ridden down an EWS course, you’re well aware how long and brutal they can be. That’s my many racers, like Marco, tend to opt for DH brakes.

Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

These WTB grips match the Cannondale frame accents perfectly. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

WTB Padlock grips add security from slippage and increase comfort.

Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

50to1. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

The red dirt caked around the fender and fork is typical of the Tahoe area.

Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

Orange is the new black. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

Unlike Weir who is on a GRIP damper fork, Marco is running a Factory series Fox 36. As you can tell from the scuffs, it’s been put through hell and back.

Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

To learn more about the Gemini shock, check out our coverage of the Jekyll here. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

Out back, Marco is running the stock Gemini shock. During races, he can easily switch between the two riding modes to help conserve energy or put down more power.

Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

America. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

Every year, WTB sponsors a mountain bike clinic for veterans through the Semper Fi Fund. This limited edition saddle was sold to help raise money for the program.

Marco Osborne Cannondale Jekyll 2017

More of that red dirt. Photo by Jeremiah Newman

The big difference between Mark and Marco’s bikes is the drivetrain and tire selection. Marco is sponsored by Shimano, so he’s running a 1×11 drivetrain and an E13 Guide. He’s also opted for a faster rolling front and rear tire, while Weir is running the burliest tires you’ve ever seen.

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  • Preston says:

    “He’s also opted for a faster rolling front and rear tire,”

    I guess we can make it out from the photos, but seems like a good place in the text to say what tires he is running.

  • Sansome says:

    WTB
    Front Vigilante
    Rear Trail Boss

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