Cannondale has recently given a complete overhaul to both their enduro and long travel trail bikes – the Jekyll and Trigger. Settling on 27.5” wheels and telescopic forks, they are up against a few very well sorted machines from both Europe and further afield. We take a look at the new jekyll.
Words: Sean White, Callum Philpott Images: Cannondale
CANNONDALE TRAIL/ENDURO BIKES – A BRIEF HISTORY:
Rewind to the year 2009 and we featured two Cannondale trail bikes in our first ever Dirt 100 line up – The light and low slung, short travel Rush and the much loved 140mm travel Prophet. Class acts that sat next to established designs from Orange, Specialized and Whyte. The following few years were a touch quiet with this brand until the rebirth of the Jekyll name on a longer travel enduro machine, raced to success under the powers of Jerome Clementz and Mark Weir. This category now had strong contenders from Europe (Cube, Canyon, BMC, Commencal and Lapierre) but the full carbon big hitter equipped with Cannondale’s unique Lefty SuperMax fork impressed us with its low weight and all out speed: ‘As soon as you stand on the pedals and feel the position it’s a green light to go charging – just ridiculously fast everywhere – absolutely insane’. A hit in the 2015 Dirt 100, the Jekyll was designed around the Lefty fork but was also a winner with a Pike up front.
This new Jekyll, launched in the spring of 2017 will carry forward as a 2018 model and beyond. With 165mm of rear travel and running a 170mm fork up front, the latest enduro bike from Cannondale will face competition from some very well dialled bikes. The YT Capra, Radon Swoop, Orange Alpine 6, Transition Patrol and Evil Insurgent are such well-honed designs (and incredible value in some cases) that any returnees to this category need to be thoroughly developed and sorted – and equipped for action too.