2018 Cannondale Jekyll

Departing from tradition and going with popular third party components


2017 Sea Otter Classic

2018 Cannondale Jekyll

Cannondale is offering a very compelling package with 165mm travel in rear and 170mm in the front.

Cannondale has always had a knack for doing things different with components like the Lefty Fork, DYAD shock and Hollowgram cranks to name a few. But with the new Jekyll, they went with conventional category leader components and many folks are taking notice.

They’ve always taken their own path designing their own components with little regard towards convention, popularity and looks. But that course eliminates a big chunk of the customer base as well as many folks won’t consider buying a bike with a Lefty fork or proprietary rear shock. The majority of buyers who are not Cannondale loyal fans want a bike that’s upgradable and configurable with third party component suppliers.

Cannondale heard the pleas and created what looks like a very marketable and attractive bike. Many have taken notice and have put their Enduro bike purchase on hold until they’ve had a good look at the new Cannondale Jekyll.

2018 Cannondale Jekyll Geometry Chart

Geometry for this 27.5 wheeled bike is highlighted by a 65 degree head angle, 75 degree seat and 420mm stays.

The model on the video is the Jekyll 2 which gets a BallisTec carbon front triangle with SmartForm alloy rear end. A Fox Float 36 / Float X Performance Elite suspension, WTB Frequency Team i29 wheels, SRAM Eagle XO1 group with same Descendant carbon cranks and Guide RS brakes rounds out the key components.

Price is $5,999.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • OK says:

    No waterbottle? This isn’t serious!

  • Keith says:

    My eyesight is shite, and I can still see at least one set of bottle bosses – towards the bottom of the seat tube.

  • TonyB says:

    There’s a single woterbottle mount under the pivot link. Cannondale calls it a “perfect bottle placement” but I’d rather not reach in there during ride. Besides, it does not seem to have clearance for full size bottle (like thermal Polar/Camelbak). I guess enduro riders better get ready to endure thirst;)

  • Dan says:

    Do “enduro” riders actually ride long enough to get thirsty?

  • meeseeks says:

    Why no righty?

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