MTB Mag – | [Test] New Cannondale Jekyll

Cannondale has completely overhauled its Enduro bike, the Jekyll, unrecognizable from previous models. Having become much more downhill-oriented, I was able to try it out on the trails at home and on those of Massa Marittima.



The test model is the top of the range Jekyll 1, priced at € 6499, while the Jekyll 2 costs € 4599. For the available colors and mountings, I refer you to the Cannondale website.

The rear stay with the chain return and the shock absorber incorporated in the down tube.

The return wheel also has the teeth for the retention of the chain, while the chain guide is not the most silent (but it is not essential).

The Fox X2 hidden in the down tube.

The crankcase is detached from the down tube because the shock absorber also moves slightly forward. It can be removed, but it is not recommended because dirt and stones raised by the front wheel would damage it

The passage of the cables is internal and guided.

The wagon, in addition to being massive, is attached to the front triangle inside the bottom bracket shell, ensuring high rigidity and giving the engineers the possibility to vary its length depending on the size. It will be hooked forward or backward, depending on the size.

The suspension system is a classic 4 link, with joint on the chainstay.

The down tube from another angle.

Logos and decals are minimalistic.

SRAM Code RSC brakes with 220mm front and 200mm rear discs.

Cannondale DownLow dropper seatpost 125mm (S), 150mm (M, the one under test), 170mm (L-XL).

Detail of the really massive bottom bracket shell and the protective casing.

Threaded bottom bracket. The mechanic thanks.

No handlebar suspension blocks.

Fox Factory Kashima top-of-the-range suspension, paired with cheaper components like the SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain. Attention was paid to the downhill performance rather than the stunning assembly. The price suffers, but also the weight (15.9 kg on our scale, without pedals, in size M).


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