Cannondale Jekyll Freeride Full Suspension

4.67/5 (123 Reviews)
MSRP : $4049.00

Product Description

The Go Anywhere, Ride Anything, Two-Bikes-in-One Superbike. Indulge both sides of your personality – no potions needed. With the revolutionary DYAD shock, Jekyll is back with a vengeance and rewriting the rules once again.

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Pierre a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2012

Strengths:    Good geometry, climbed pretty well

Weaknesses:    flexy front fork, funky feeling complex rear shock, chain slapper of a bike, made the down no so much fun

Bottom Line:   
I was not able to dial this bike to my linking for long steep climbs followed by steep rocky drops all the way down. Tried for over a week to no avail, it just was just not confidence inspiring.

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Favorite Trail:   Okanagan area

Duration Product Used:   2 weeks

Purchased At:   Demoed at The Bike B

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro, Trek Slash, Kona Satori, Trek Remedy

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    Plush suspension
Cheap (used)

Weaknesses:    Proprietary shock (working great now & easy to rebuild but it may be a challenge to replace if this is ever necessary)
Head angle is a bit steep compared to more modern all-mountain bikes
Changing SPV pressure on the shock is harder than it should be

Bottom Line:   
I bought my 2004 Jekyll 1000 in 2010. I mostly ride it for less than 2 hours at a time in technical forest singletrack. It is great for jumps / drops of 3 to 4 feet, probably more but I personally wouldn't say use it for fast and technical downhill riding.

I have rebuilt the shock and the Lefty. They are both relatively simple to rebuild at home without special tools.

This bike can be set up very plush for roots, rocks and downhill and you are still able to control the amount of suspension activity during on climbs and fire roads by twisting the rebound knobs on the shock and fork. They are both easy to reach from the saddle.

I prefer a plush feel to the suspension and the suspension can be set up to float over chatter bumps - wonderful!

Because of the orientation of the valve checking the SPV pressure in the shock (the lockout / anti-bob feature) requires you to disconnect the shock from the swingarm. This is not difficult but it is fussy and it would be great if you could just connect the pump like you can do with the compression valve.

I have the shock mount set to the "Freeride" end of the adjustment which slackens the head angle and lowers the bottom bracket. However, with the bottom bracket set at about 13.25 inches the head angle only slackens to about 70 degrees which is 2 to 3 degrees steeper than today's "All-Mountain" bikes.

However, with the 1.5 inch headset you could buy a fork with a conventional 1 1/8 or tapered steerer and use a Cane Creek angleset headset for another degree or so of slackness. Not sure I will bother doing this with an 8 year old bike.

With the bottom bracket @ 13.25 inches pedal strikes are infrequent but can occur when pedaling over roots/rocks. I don't suppose this is much different from more modern bikes. I have replaced the large crankring with a bashguard though because 1. I can't imaging using the large chainring for the riding I do and 2. the large chainring will take a beating if the bottom bracket is low.

Despite the bottom bracket being set low standover height and seating position seems a bit high (medium frame - I have a 30" inseam).

The bike is extremely reliable. It needed some work when I bought it but just regular maintenance / rebuilding that had been put off for a while. It has never left me stranded.

The rims work great tubeless with Stan's and seem to be bulletproof.

I think the brakes are powerful for 6" rotors but sometimes I would like more bite, especially at the back.

I do detect some lateral flex from both the front and rear wheels during hard cornering and deflections. I'm not sure if it's at the axle or the rim / spokes. The rear quick release is only 9mm and newer bikes have larger axles and are more stiff in this area. The frame and swingarm mount are very thick and stiff and the welding is beautiful.

The black charcoal finish is very durable (despite several crashes) and classy.

It weighs a bit less than 29lbs as I have it set up. This seems very competitive with current "All-Mountain" 5 inch full suspension bikes. (Actually both front and rear suspension are over 5 inches, the rear suspension is 5.5 inches).

This bike is a great buy used for a technical cross-country / all-mountain / enduro rider because it is reliable and easy to maintain / rebuild and most Cannondale parts for the bike are still available.

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Favorite Trail:   Puslinch Lake

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   private seller

Bike Setup:   Shimano Saint dual-control brake/shift levers (I broke one of the original XT levers by over-tightening it)
New Shimano M760 XT rear derailleur (the original XT snapped in the mud)
Maxxis Minion single-ply DHF tires (60a durometer rear, super-tacky 30 front) - run tubeless with Stan's
Thompson lay-back seatpost
BBG bashguard
ODI Rogue grips
Easton monkeylite handlebar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hk_Wrex a All Mountain Rider from las Vegas, NV

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2012

Strengths:    Strong , climbs amazing , descends amazing , fairly light for what it is

Weaknesses:    none thus far

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for an all around trail bike to get you up and down a mtn. this is the bike. it has seen tons of DH trails and rough rocky trails and took some bad crashes. Awesome bike

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Favorite Trail:   Snakeback

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Mcghies Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   giant Trance

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lee a Weekend Warrior from Newcastle Australia

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2011

Strengths:    XT dual control brakes/shifters, balance of uphill and downhill ability, looks horn, lack of maintenance required to keep it running, suspension, tubeless wheels.

Weaknesses:    Does not comme with full length shift cables, low spec cranks

Bottom Line:   
This bike does it all. Before this I rode a Giant NRS 1 (still ride it occasionally) because of its pedalling efficiency, but soon began to find its downhill limits. Since I got the 2004 Jekyll 1000 the Giant has been ridden mostly on the road because I can still climb everything on the Jekyll, and it is so good down hill. XT dual control brake/shifters are awesome. You can easily change gear while braking, brakes require no bleeding/adjusting, and shifting is great since I put full length cables on. 130mm Lefty fork with TPC is super stiff, good at climbing and great at descending. 135mm Manitou Swinger shock with SPV resists bobbing nicely, gets heaps of traction when climbing, and feels terrific down hill. This bike is perfect as a do it all trail bike. It climbs well, it descends well and it requires only basic maintenance between rides. Bought the bike new in 2004 and have no plans to replace it with something new.

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Favorite Trail:   Awaba MTB Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $5100.00

Purchased At:   St Ives Cycles

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   FSA V drive external bearing BB cranks, 400mm Ritchey seat post (soon to be Gravity Dropper Turbo), full length shift cables, 8" Shimano front disc, Maxxis High Roller UST front tyre, Maxxis Larson UST rear tyre, mud flap protecting front derailieur

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a0metal0edge a Cross Country Rider from lost wages

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2011

Strengths:    Great starter bike. This will get you by until you have the cash for the right bike. Single pivot is really good to learn on. Really a tough bike.

Weaknesses:    "V" Brakes, Manitou Black Fork, Fox vanilla shock is not good for a all mountain/ xc frame. Proprietary shock is hard to change or find replacements for.

Bottom Line:   
I am new and can tinker, bad combo. I tried building the bike into an freeride bike but really the truth of the matter is this bike is a great xc/ all mountain frame. If you want to buy an old jekyll look for one with an air shock (rp2, floaT). The vanilla on mine hurts my back. Bottom line is its a GREAT BIKE TO START ON! :))

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Favorite Trail:   Cottonwood/bootleg

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 44 tst2, Truvative hosfelt cranks, maxis high roller on mavic wheelset. raceface atlas, hayes elcamino, crank bros 5050, wtb pure v, sram x9 9 speed set up with long cage derailure.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jekyll a Weekend Warrior from toronto,ON,Canada

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2010

Bottom Line:   
great all around bike...have spare road tires

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   sporting life

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by evmeter a Cross Country Rider from Dublin, Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2010

Strengths:    Solid frame, responds well.

Weaknesses:    brakes, cranks, bottom bracket

Bottom Line:   
Great bike - even after all the years ahs been a blast to ride and never let me down. Takes all the abuse and keepsn rolling.

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Favorite Trail:   Downeyville

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Sierra Bikes

Similar Products Used:   HD Super V but broke the frame - the replaced as advertised no charge.

Bike Setup:   Race face, thompson seat, XTR, Looking for new brake set-up...suggestions welcome

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sergio Güell a Cross Country Rider from Alajuela, Costa Rica

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2010

Strengths:    Excellent bike for my country. High stability. Fast, smoth, GREAT !!!!

Weaknesses:    Not found any yet !!!

Bottom Line:   
If you could have it , GO FOR IT !!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Los Pinos

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   A lot of several MTB brands bikes for more than 30 years

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jezmar a Weekend Warrior from Mexico City

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2009

Strengths:    After several mods, the bike can be built very light. Its an amazing frame, it take everything, climbs like a goat and descents as fast as you want.

Weaknesses:    the cable guiding is a mess, my shock have the first version of propedal and climbs very well, butt sometimes it feels very linear and needs imo high pressure (180psi)

Bottom Line:   
this bike is a do-anything, xc, long rides, it take dh courses some drops... it represents the All Mountain. Previously I had a 2005 Minute 1 with spv evolve but it felt very rigid, good for climb bot no for go down, with the 44 the bike transforms completely.. other than the shock I thik my bike is still between the new era of AM bikes.

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Viansi

Similar Products Used:   Scott G-Zero, Giant Warp, ...

Bike Setup:   right now!! Marzocchi 44 ATA, Sram X9, XT cogs, SLX crank, Elixir 185/160 on Hope's Pro II

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The JD a Weekend Warrior from Gainesville, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2009

Strengths:    Frame is solid holds steady even with the beating I have put on it. Factory components are decent for casual riders and the options to upgrade are limitless.

Weaknesses:    Front fork if a fatty is really weak in performance. The lefty is a step up but still a 100mm travel can only offer so much.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike outperforms the kona's and treks I have tested. I cant say enough about the frame design even 5 years after being made its styling and feel fit me better then the scapel, rush, and other bikes in the category.

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Favorite Trail:   San Felasco

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Bike Setup:   Easton Carbon fiber handlebar, seatpost. Juicy brakes, carbon pedals. Lefty 100mm fork, Fox rear shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Gross a Racer from Columbia, Md

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2008

Strengths:    This bike is a cross country racers dream. It cuts through single track like a razor, climbs like a goat, and eat up bumps like pacman. What more could you ask for.

Weaknesses:    None!

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the baddest bikes that I have ever built. A full suspension,single speed that weighs under 23lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   Rosaryville State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Hand built

Similar Products Used:   I ride Cannondale exclusively, so I have ridden EVER cross country bike that they have made since 1992, and this is one of my favorites.

Bike Setup:   This bike started out as an experiment, and turned out to be the best riding bike that I have ever built. First of all, there is no such thing as stock for me. I like to build my own from the frame up. So this one started with just the Jekyll frame and Manitou rear suspension shock. Since I am more of a cross country rider, I went with the Headshock instead of the lefty. Plus, you get a lot more variation in wheel choices with a standard front wheel. Then I added the following components:
Easton EC90 Handlebars
Control teck carbon seatpost
Avid BB-7 brakeset w/ Avid Ti levers
Mavic SLR wheelset

and here's the really trick part. I am running this bike as a single speed! So I used a Truvativ single speed crankset, endless bikes rear cog, and a super trick YESS full suspention single speed chain tensioner. It was tricky to setup, but it works like a CHAMP! The entire bike weighs a scant 22.9lbs w/ pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jason gorto a Weekend Warrior from howell NJ

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2008

Strengths:    good in all conditions. snow, sand mud, dirt and pavement. all components are nice and durable so far.

Weaknesses:    brakes are a little weak

Bottom Line:   
the guy i bought it from barely used it so it is in mint condition. so far i really enjoy riding it a lot.. i have been riding just about every day and it is solid on hills, in the snow and is a lot of fun off road and on. i reccomend this bike to anyone who needs a fairly inexpensive full suspension bike w/ good components. I also really like the brushed aluminum frame it looks harp!!!

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Favorite Trail:   huber woods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   first full suspension used. i have a trek 6000 hardtail also.

Bike Setup:   easton handlebars, ritchey comp seatpost, gel saeat but mostly stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marco Hermes Peruzzi a Weekend Warrior from La Spezia, Liguria, Italy

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2008

Strengths:    Amazingly light in climbing up-hill and in the same time extremely strong and safe in down-hill (be careful, not extreme down-hill, not with this bike!). The best bike in All-mountains/enduro.

Weaknesses:    I can't find, may be the same old story of "too-customized" spareparts of Cannondale (Lefty and Shock only for Cannondale p.e.)

Bottom Line:   
A bike for everyone, the Cross-country rider and the weekender enduro free-rider. I think the best Cannondale ever built.

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Favorite Trail:   5 terre and liguria's Trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Hot Bikes - sp - Italy

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll 1° serie, Cannondale F800 CAAD5, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Viner Vy Pro

Bike Setup:   upgraded to Jekyll 2000: Front derailleur XT, Rear der. XTR 2008 Shadow, Lefty Max spv 140mm, brakes XT 2007 disc,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brandon a Weekend Warrior from wilmington NC New Hanover County

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2007

Strengths:    frame is sick and strong, fox float RL, mavic 117 disc rims, hayes hfx9 disc brakes,XT drivetrain is perfect.i might as well just say the whole thing is rad. XC/freeride geometry adjustment. will take pretty big tires( i had panaracer FIRE FR 2.4 on it at once)

Weaknesses:    the way the cables run cause it rub the frame pretty bad. i have noticed some spots at the bottom of the down tube that i had to address(wraped a peice of bar tape around the tube) seat post is too long to do freeriding my lefy MAX fork has no compression adjustment. so it you are doing freeride type jumps and drops, the fork will bottom out as you start to go over 6 feet. my LBS said it would probably be alright because it was a coil spring shock and not an air shock.

Bottom Line:   
i have beat the crap out of this bike. i bought it used about 8 months ago and it looked real clean. now id is dirty. i would not consider myself as an XC racer but i do race sometimes. this bike is awsome for racing. i also do dirtjumping and lite freeriding. because i am new to MTB that pretty much means i am flat on the ground just about as long as i am in the air. i crashed this bike so many times it's not funny. i have never had anything break(on the bike). i have had to dig it out of the dirt from a few crashes also. my bottom line is this. this bike is nimble enough for the most experianced XC racer and strong enough for those who really want an ALL MOUTIAN/Freeride bike. i would maybe not go too huge with the lefty fork but it has not blown out on me yet.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Clay @wilmington NC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $625.00

Purchased At:   used from private seller

Similar Products Used:   jamis dakar, kona Dawg, trek liquid

Bike Setup:   fox Float RL, lefty MAX fork, nokian 2.1 tires. XT drivetrain, hayes Hydro brakes. wellgo B-67 freeride platform pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Graham from Victoria, B.C. Canada

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2007

Strengths:    Very light, yet durable. I use this bike for cross-country, freeride and I've even used it for dirt jumping before I got a proper dirtjumper. The Jekyll has proven itself to be a great bike by being light enough for cross-country yet tough enough to endure trips to Whistler.

Weaknesses:    When put into the "freeride" position the bottom braket is too low to the ground.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. If you get the chance to buy or even test ride one of these bikes, go for it!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Kona Kikapu, Kona Stinky, Devinci Hucker, Brodie Hellion.

Bike Setup:   Eight inch hayes mx-2 mechanical disc brakes. Mavic xm117 front rim with alexrim dm24 rear rim. Deore lx rear derailler, and deore front derailler. All parts except frame, fork and cranks are off of a 2004 brodie hellion (other than the odd specialty part).

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