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Cannondale Jekyll 2 review


Cannondale has always appealed to a niche audience thanks to use of unique technology. On this bike though, they’ve delivered exactly what enduro-minded riders want.

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  • Kevin Hill says:

    Can anyone speak to the Editors Note about the running change from Float X EVOL to DPX2?

    Cannondale website (as of 4/27/18) still shows Float X EVOL as spec. I read this review a while ago, but assumed it was just a mistake since no other reviews spoke of it and neither did any Cannondale info. However, today I was listening to an older MTBPodcast (Episode #46 from 2/22/18), and at 1:05:57 in the episode they say the same thing – that Cannondale “just switched over; they had a rolling change in production over to the new DPX2…” What gives?

  • Kevin Hill says:

    I got the official word from Cannondale on the Float X – DPX2 question I posted above. It is true. Cannondale is making a rolling change; however, the only way to guarantee a DPX2 is what arrives for you, is to wait for Model Year 2019 bikes.

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On Track with Curtis Keene: The final chapter


The conclusion of another Enduro World Series season brings victory for only a select few. Sometimes the race doesn’t go as hoped, but it’s all about a love of riding. Watch as Curtis Keene presents a recap.

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Video: Richie Rude is the Silent Shredder


Armed with a wry smile and cunning skill on the bike, he is a man of few words. He prefers to let his riding do the talking. Richie Rude is the silent shredder.

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Curtis Keene and the Rules of Enduro


Press play to find out about Curtis Keene’s comeback, the amazing Sam Hill, and suspension choice in this fascinating look inside the world of enduro racing at the highest level.

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Ibis Mojo HD4 review (updated)


The much-loved enduro-slaying Ibis Mojo HD3 has gotten a makeover for 2017. Now appropriately dubbed the Mojo HD4, the just released rig is even slacker — and more capable — than before.

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  • mikerotch says:

    money does buy happiness. now where do i get $8k?

  • b0bg says:

    I’ve been on this bike for about a month now and am definitely in love. This bike climbs as well as my 4yr old Tracer275, weighs less, and is substantially more composed in rocky, rowdy descents. Supremely happy with this bike in the rocky dusty norcal summer trails.

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Curtis Keene’s Specialized Enduro 29er race bike


Curtis Keene has ridden some of the best looking bikes on the EWS this year. For the final race of the season, Specialized built him this showstopper.

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Santa Cruz Aluminum Nomad Review


Always dreamed of owning a Nomad but couldn’t afford the price of admission? Santa Cruz recently dropped an alloy version and complete builds start at just $3,600. Here’s how it stacks up against its carbon counterpart.

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  • loll says:

    For the aluminum model, it should be available in raw aluminum color. Reference what Intense Tracer aluminum did. This is the easiest way to fix the aethestic problem on the aluminum model and make it appealing look wise compared to the carbon model.

  • Dickachu says:

    Does it come with made in china sticker?

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Pivot Mach 6 Carbon and Aluminum released


With its new, slacker, 65.75 degree head angle, steep 74 degree seat angle, and Pivot’s long travel, downhill-influenced linkage, the 155mm travel Mach 6 Carbon is specifically designed for enduro racers.

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Cody Kelley’s Yeti SB5.5 enduro bike


Cody Kelley is fast becoming a popular name in enduro due to his killer style, flowing locks, and infectious good humor. Here’s a close look at this race bike of choice.

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  • Suns_PSD says:

    I suspect both riders are on the 31.8mm Fatbar Lites because they have more give than the 35mm bars.

    If these guys don’t need the extra rigidity offered by 35mm bars, then I certainly don’t.

    I enjoy the bike checks with the air pressures and all, lots to take note of.

  • Saris Mercanti says:

    @Suns_PSD Renthal claims they worked hard to match the flex and ride characteristics of their 35mm bars to their 31.8mm bars….But I have a sneaking suspicion you might be right.

    Glad you’re digging the bike checks! I have a few more I need to publish.

  • gg says:

    Yeah great article, shortish yet detailed and on topic.
    Nice pics and great looking rig.
    More please !

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Robin Wallner’s Ibis Mojo HD4 enduro bike


Robin Wallner is a former World Cup DH pro who recently made the jump to enduro. In his second season, he’s been consistently pushing into the top 10. Here’s a look at his Ibis Mojo HD4.

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DT Swiss Interbike 2017


With three main MTB wheel families (XC, all-mountain, enduro) and multiple price points within each family, DT Swiss has all your riding bases covered.

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  • Larsv says:

    The guy looks a bit confused.. So many names/numbers and wheelsets!

    I wonder why DT still uses the 1200/1501/1700 numbers. Wouldn’t it just be easier to ditch those numers and rename them to their classic hubs number? 180/240/350. They would save money on decall plastic too. 🙂

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2017


Straight from Interbike in Las Vegas, here’s Pivot front man and lead designer Chris Cocalis running through the company’s hottest bikes, starting with a very special 10-year Anniversary Edition Mach 5.5.

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  • Scotch Hennesy says:

    I’ve been riding and racing mountain bikes non-stop since 1990. The years of turning pedals in the hills have put me on top of the very first Manitou fork, ATAC stems, Anza bar ends, Cannondale HeadShocks, Triple rings down to single rings..etc. Of all my bikes throughout these ever changing years, my Pivot Trail 429 is by far my fave. I sold my Cannondale Scalpel team model in order to buy this amazing ride. I gained some weight for sure; but inherited a work of art that is so much fun to climb and descend on. I’m a loyal Pivot guy for many years to come.

  • Marty Arnwine says:

    I may have to sell a kidney for it, but damn that 10 year anniversary 5.5 is a sweet ride!

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Bolle Trackdown enduro helmet


Bolle is primarily associated with eyewear, but they’ve recently made a push into cycling helmets. Their newest is aimed at the enduro segment and has some unique features.

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Whyte Bikes Interbike 2017


The Whyte Enduro team will have a secret weapon in 2018 – the S-150 Works is their “out of the box” race bike for all-round events. Find out about that bike and much more.

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Yeti SB5 Lunch Ride and SB6 Team Replica roll out


Two new special edition bikes join family of highly capable trail tamers. Plus a look back at one of the sport’s most famous downhill bikes.

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Privateer versus factory life on the EWS


What’s the difference between privateer and factory life on the EWS? Find out in this episode of On Track with Curtis Keene.

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2018 Specialized Enduro: longer, adjustable geo, new spec


For 2018, the Specialized Enduro doesn’t look that different, but the Big Red S has lengthened the reach, integrated a hidden flip chip, and added some clever new spec features.

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  • Chris says:

    Why don’t these companies just license the technology from Bionicon and get actual meaningful geometry adjustment on the fly. This flip chip seems like a poor substitute akin to a quick release seat post.

    • GuyOnMTB says:

      BIONICON-System is used by BIONICON exclusively for their bikes and do not license their technology out to other manufacturers. This is how BIONICON has stayed in its own bracket; “on the fly adjustable geometry fs”.

      The last review of the Edison EVO was back in July 2015.

  • Kevin says:

    “Housed inside the shock extension is a flip chip, which can be rotated to adjust the bottom bracket height”
    You guys didn’t actually look at an ’18 Enduro for this ‘article’, did you?
    If you had, you would’ve seen straight away that there is no ‘flip chip’ that gets ‘rotated’ ala Trek.
    It’s simply a thick washer(spacer) that you install between the shock and extension for the ‘high’ position, or REMOVE the washer for the ‘low’ position.
    Anybody with a ’17 can simply go to their local hardware store and pick up a roughly 5mm thick(I haven’t measured mine, so this is just a guess) washer for 29-cents(+/-), and save themselves $19.71.
    It should also be notated that, to remove/install said spacer(or as you call it, a ‘chip’) you have to remove the shock and extension(yoke) to get at the thing

    • Mike says:

      @Kevin its not as simple as buying washers from the hardware store. The 2018 shock yoke is shorter than the 2017. The spacer installed makes the new yoke the same (or close) length as the old one.

      Also, Specialized calls it a flip chip too. Although it seems silly because as it was stated, you do have to entirely remove the rear shock to do so.

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Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6


We caught up with Richie Rude before the Whistler EWS and took a look at his gorgeous Yeti SB6.

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Kona Process carbon spy shots


Kona has a new carbon Process in the works. It features a new suspension layout, lower standover, and a water bottle mount inside the front triangle.

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Ibis Mojo HD3 vs HD4


Struggling to decide between the Ibis HD3 and new HD4? Click the link for Jeff Kendall-Weed’s hot take on these two very capable trail bikes.

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Santa Cruz Hightower LT first ride review


Launched last year, the original Hightower was the epitome of versatility. The new 150mm LT 29er is more focused and has no plus tire option.

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  • Dtimms says:

    Why is it risky to not have plus size compatibility on an Enduro bike? Only plus bikes I have seen on the trail (or test rode) were all hardtails. You don’t see plus bikes in enduro races. I don’t think plus bikes are the future like the industry is trying to tell us.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >>Dtimms

      Plus bikes are not the future and no one is claiming that. But they are a good option for folks in sandy, loose conditions and some folks overwhelmingly prefer them. Some want to purchase the Hightower Plus with 150mm and this LT will not meet their needs.

      Not the end of world as there’s something to be said about narrowing the focus of a bikes sometimes.

  • PaulN says:

    438mm would be a nice high BB capable of any log rollover….

  • Marshall says:

    Hi Francis, Thank you for cool the review. I’m in the market for a 29er and was wondering how the Santa Cruz High Tower and/or High Tower LT compare to the Ibis Ripley LS? Which one would you buy if you mostly ride in Marin and Lake Tahoe? Other spots I charge are Skeggs, Demo Forest, Annadel and Downieville.

    • boogie says:

      seems a bit overkill for anything in Marin – but would be right at home in your other destinations. This is way overkill for China Camp, Tamarancho, etc.

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Enduro World Series heads home to France


The Enduro World Series heads to its spiritual home of France this week for round No. 5, the Natural Games Millau EWS driven by URGE bp.

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2018 Intense Carbine 29er first ride review


Intense ups the ante with a bigger, more aggressive 29er enduro rig with 155mm rear travel. Geometry is thoroughly updated with a 66 degree head angle and all the modern numbers. Read on to see how it performs.

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  • A. Rider says:

    “The new Intense Carbine is a 155mm/160mm travel 29er that follows the trend of seeking more speed, whether going uphill or downhill.”

    Hmm… When did that become a trend?

  • Barney says:

    Hey mtbr.com,
    I’ve got this revolutionary idea for you. How about you test the lower spec regular versions of new bikes and leave the silly million dollar models alone?!
    Shocking, I know, ….but maybe then your review would be relevant to 98% of the population..? (call me crazy)

  • 3MTA3 says:

    What Barney said!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    While the $10k bike is cool and all, most of use still find the $4k bike too expensive, but at least more in line with 98% of the MTB community.

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2018 Scott Genius first look


With 150mm of travel front and rear, the Genius sits squarely in the sweet spot for most riders. For 2018, it’s also received a number of key updates, including the capability to be run 29er, 27.5 or 27.5 plus.

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Bike Check: Marco Osborne’s EWS ready Cannondale Jekyll


Yesterday, we checked out Mark Weir’s Cannondale Jekyll. Today, we’ll take a quick look at Marco Osborne’s.

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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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