Cannondale’s Enduro bike arrives with 160mm of travel, 27.5 wheels and a Lefty SuperMax fork that is ready to rumble.
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This is Cannondale‘s Enduro bike and we were disappointed that it could not be included in the Mtbr Enduro Compare-O testing. It simply wasn’t available back in January and we just got back from testing the first production models of these bikes that will hit showroom floors in June of this year.
It’s 160mm of front and rear travel on a brand new 27.5 platform for Cannondale. It was developed with Cannondale’s proprietary technologies like the DYAD shock and the Lefty fork and although we cringe at the word ‘proprietary’, we are not universally opposed to it as long as it delivers an inherent advantage. And that it does. This Jekyll is indeed a special bike and it is worthy of consideration if you’re looking for that bike that will allow you to overdo what you thought you were capable of.
Video: Enduro World Champion gets right to work developing the 2015 Jekyll
The Jerome Clementz and Mark Weir connection
Racers just get paid and they’ll ride whatever right? Well, it goes beyond that, specially here. Jerome Clementz is his own corporation and and he manages his own team with girlfriend and teammate Pauline Dieffenhaller. They take care of their own equipment, get themselves to races and produce their own materials and videos. It’s a cool model that allows them to provide a service and a product to their sponsors. Of course, it’s all predicated on winning so he has to have a bike that allows him to win. And as you’ll see in the video above, Jerome is deeply involved in research and testing of these Cannondale bikes.
Mark Weir is in the same boat. And although he cannot join the twenty year olds anymore in the gravity-oriented podiums, he offers an R&D mind that is extremely valuable to Cannondale. In addition, Mark Weir has a circle of shredders in Moeschler, Cruz, and Osborne and he’s recruited them in this quest to develop good bikes with Cannondale. Cannondale has not been a force in Trail and All Mountain bikes and they’ve invested heavily to change that.