WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The most obvious change from last year’s Jekyll is the new
Fox suspension that replaces the proprietary Lefty fork and pull
shock; however a closer look will show this bike is packed full of
brand-new, top-notch components. Cannondale decided to use a
Fox Float 36 with 170 millimeters of travel to match its new Fox
Gemini shock. The Jekyll also features an X01 Eagle 12-speed
drivetrain, along with WTB wheels, a Race Face dropper post and
a Cannondale carbon handlebar. The Jekyll has burly Maxxis tires
ready to take on any racecourse and a pair of SRAM Guide brakes
to keep this wild steed under control.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Moving out: What first caught our attention when tossing a
leg over the new Jekyll was its Hustle/Flow switch mounted to the
handlebars. The Hustle mode not only limits the travel to 130
millimeters, it also reduces the shock’s air volume, giving the
spring rate a more progressive feel. Cannondale claims this mode
isn’t just a switch to aid riders when climbing; it’s a setting that
should be used on smoother trails, allowing the rider to pump
speed out of the corners and over rollers. The Flow mode, on the
other hand, leaves the Gemini shock wide open, allowing riders to
blast down the steepest and most technical descents.
Setting sag: The Jekyll’s adjustable-travel shock may sound
complicated to set up, but our test riders found that not to be the
case, and it’s certainly easier to set up than last year’s. We quickly
set the rear sag to 30 percent, leaving the shock in the open Flow
mode and the three-position compression lever in the open mode
as well. From there, we adjusted our fork to 25-percent sag and
made a few clicks of adjustment to our rebound and low-speed
Climbing: Although the Jekyll is designed to win enduro stages that consist mostly of downhill segments, the Jekyll doesn’t shy
Hustle and Flow: The all-new Gemini shock, which was
a collaboration project with Fox, features a two-position
remote-actuated switch that puts the Jekyll in either of its two
modes. Hustle shortens the shock’s travel and dampens the
shock, while Flow opens the floodgates, allowing riders to
shred down the trails.
Cable management: Cannondale used internal cable routing
to help keep the Jekyll looking clean; however, the extra cable
going to the Hustle and Flow switch gave the front end of the
bike a messy look. We would highly suggest spending some
time organizing the cables for a sleeker look.