Cannondale Jekyll 27.5 Full Suspension

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Product Description

The most successful Enduro platform in the world evolves into an all-new race weapon with the 2015 Jekyll. Working with Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz, we made his winning bike even winning-er with all-new geometry, SuperMax front suspension, a new Fox DYAD rear shock tune with increased travel, and of course, 27.5” wheels. You don’t have to be Jerome to appreciate its perfect-for -Enduro dual nature - you just have to want the most versatile all-mountain bike out there.

Enduro racers, or all-mountain shredders who want to climb fast, but want to descend even faster across the whole range of mountain terrain.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chris

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2014

Strengths:    Cannondale support and warrantee. Amazing torsional rigidity. Dyad shock. 650b.

Weaknesses:    Weight. Highish bottom bracket.

Bottom Line:   
I managed to bend a seat tube on a 2011 jekyll. Cannondale kindly warrunteed the broken frame. Cannondale said this is their first such breakage and they took good care of me. I should state that I am 250+ lbs. I got the new 650 frame due to Cannondale no longer stocking the 26” in my size. 650 wheels really do make a difference. Hey do roll better. Enough to justify $1600 ($2200 MSRP) in new parts? I would say yes.
I built up my bike very similar to the Cannondale spec. As good as the bike is, the best new addition is the Rockshox Pike. Simply amazing. The 50 mm stem aids descending but does have a mildly negative effect on climbing. I also went with 35mm clamp, 800mm wide bars. These parts combined with the amazing dyad shock make for a mini downhill bike.
The Jekyll is an amazingly stiff frame. The stiffest 6” frame I have tried (mine is aluminum but beats the carbon frames I’ve tried too.) The head angle is raked out enough to make it a monster on the descents. It is not as downhill specific as some even shallower bikes like the Trek Slash…but the Jekyll is more fun on rolling trails. I will admit the Jekyll has lost some climbing ability due to the increase in travel…..but that’s a 10% climbing handicap, exchanged for a 20% descending bump (in this writer’s humble opinion.) The dyad shock is amazingly composed, feeling very similar to a coil on the descents. The Jekyll has really allowed me to push myself more, advance my skills, and put a smile on my face more than any bike I have tried.
The only drawbacks are a mildy porkish weight (31lbs with big tires but otherwise light build), and an unstylishly high bottom bracket. The bottom bracket is not freakishly high, but enough that I add additional sag to my dyad shock ( to the shocks credit, it still behaves wonderfully)

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