The Cannondale Jekyll Carbon range is comprised of versatile mountain bikes that can help you face tough terrain and a diverse array of off-road situations. With adjustable travel and light carbon frames, these bikes offer suppleness blended with pedalling efficiency for those who are serious about success. In short, they’re the DBs.
Cannondale Jekyll Carbon 2
The Cannondale Jekyll Carbon 2 features a BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon frame that is stronger than more basic carbon alternatives while still preserving that all important lightness in order to help ease the load for the rider. It benefits from an all-encompassing ECS-TC system which basically allows for improved lateral stiffness, thus giving the bike more feeling than other full-sus bikes and eliminating any kind of vagueness from the handling.
At the front is a Fox 32 Talas RL fork with custom lockout threshold and up to 150mm of travel, while the rear shock is the Fox DYAD RT2. These work together to allow you to switch between two distinct travel modes on the fly.
The first is known as Elevate, which gives you a tight 90mm of travel to help during climbs and sprints, eliminating some of the sag that can hamper less versatile bikes of this kind. The second is Flow, which opens up the full 150mm of available travel in order to help you handle the big hits on descents or technical cross country jaunts without any trouble.
SRAM X7 and X9 components are utilised to provide the drivetrain for this bike, ensuring that it remains light and agile while still offering smooth shifting and unbeatable rider control. The Avid Elixir 7 carbon disc brakes follow this line of thought, with large 180mm rotors at the front and rear giving you the confidence in the bike’s abilities that you need to get out and about regardless of the conditions.
SunRingle BlackFlag Expert+ rims and hubs are matched with Schwalbe Hans Dampf Snakeskin Trailstar tyres, which gives you a wheelset that is well suited to this multipurpose, multitasking mountain bike.
Cannondale C2 components make up the seatpost and handlebar, with the Fi’zi:k Gobi XM saddle helping you to remain comfortable and well positioned while you test the bike to its limits.
Cannondale Jekyll Carbon 1
The same BallisTec Hi-MOD carbon frame is present on the Cannondale Jekyll Carbon 1, along with the Fox DYAD RT2 rear shock and adjustable travel. However, the front fork has been swapped out for the Fox 32 Talas RCL FIT, which gets a Kashima coating to make sure that it can operate more smoothly over a longer period. On a mountain bike this kind of durable feature can be an obvious benefit.
While there are still some SRAM components in the transmission you get Shimano XT and XTR kit to lower the weight further and compliment the rest of the bike’s setup. Avid Elixir 9 carbon hydraulic disc brakes are a sensible addition, particularly if weight saving is a key concern.
Mavic CrossMax ST rims and hubs use the same Schwalbe tyres as on the second tier Jekyll Carbon, while Cannondale has swapped out a number of other components in order to make this model all the more appealing.
Firstly you get the RockShox Reverb seatpost which adds yet more shock-absorbing potential to the bike without compromising stiffness. There is also the Truativ Noir handlebar at the front, allowing you to guide the bike without encountering any issues.
Both of these bikes are going to appeal to serious riders with dreams of dominating on any surface and their adaptability allows them to work well irrespective of the situation at hand, giving them an all-mountain setup that deserves to be experienced at first hand.
Cannondale Jekyll Carbon 1 2013 Specifications
- Front Fork: Fox 34 Talas CTD, FIT, Factory, Kashima Coated, 160mm travel
- Rear Shock: Fox DYAD RT2 Dual Shock, 150/90mm
- Front Derailleur: SRAM X0, Direct Mount
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR Shadow+
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: 36/22T
- Cassette: SRAM PG-1070, 11-36, 10-Speed
- Shifters: SRAM X0
- Brakes: Shimano XTR Trail, 180/160mm
- Wheels: Reynolds Carbon AM
- Tyres: Schwalbe Hans Dampf Snakeskin Trailstar, 2.35″ Tubeless Ready