Cannondale Jekyll 2002 Full Suspension

4.42/5 (128 Reviews)
MSRP : $1433.99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zscuba a Downhiller from butler PA

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2011

Strengths:    good all around bike does what i need it to do.

Weaknesses:    the frame set up is witch craft everything that goes on it is custom made for the bike so watch when you buy upgrades or replacment parts and flat handel bars but a very good bike when not broke.

Bottom Line:   
very good bike would buy anthor in a heart beat and would recomend it to anyone one. just watch when you go to upgrade so you get the right parts

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Manitou Black Elite front fork, Fox float RL propedel, hayes hydralic brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Kitchener, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2010

Strengths:    Suspension (Lefty Shock); with the ability to lock out both front and rear, light-weight, handmade quality.

Weaknesses:    Front Disc squeaks on and off, doesn't effect functionality though.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike used a few months ago, and it looked like it had been ridden 5 times at the most. This bike is really responsive on the trails, has great cornering, and the ability to lockout the suspension is awesome for big climbs; and this bike can climb! I'm very happy with this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   K/W Hydrocut

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bits N' Bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock + Ritchey Superlogic carbon riser bars and Maxxis Minion tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Hess a Cross Country Rider from Sarasota, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2008

Strengths:    Light weight, comfortable, and very sharp looking Volvo Cannondale Team Blue with yellow accents. XTR rear derailuer for crisp and precise shifts. Fully adjustable suspension to fit the weight and terrain of almost any rider. Disc brakes assure reliable stopping power in most any weather condition. 27 speeds with a low gear that allows for climbing a steep incline as well as a tall top gear for speeding downhill.

Weaknesses:    CODA Disc brakes are 1st generation and are prone to squeal. Upgraded pads tends to minimize this problem, as well as keeping the pads and discs free of any oil residue. Cannondale bikes are prone to corrosion/paint issues.

Bottom Line:   
Very reliable, competitively priced, rock solid Cannondale frame that looks great! Comfortable, and recommended for anyone doing on-road or off road cycling.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos trailhead in Belleview FL

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Bikesenjava, Inc.

Similar Products Used:   GT LTS2000, every Cannondale bike under the sun!

Bike Setup:   F/R suspension. Blue/yellow road bike seat. Hutchinson Python tires. Upgraded XT cassette and Dura-Ace 9 speed chain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Phastey a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2008

Strengths:    Great handling, great climber, I wouldn't call it a free ride bike but it can handle some pretty sizeable drops and keep on going.

Weaknesses:    Cable rub, stock v-brakes work but bike is much better with discs. Seat clamp is garbage, stock post won't stay put. HeadShok wasn't very durable.

Bottom Line:   
I really enjoy riding this bike. I got all the suspension Push'd and the really helped reduce some of the bob experienced with out-of-the-saddle torquing. I can outclimb all my friends and this bike just absorbs downhills like they are nothing (a lot of this has to do with the upgraded suspension). The stock HeadShoks 80mm worth of travel just didn't do it ... it bottomed out a lot and was super noisy.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Conte's

Bike Setup:   Replaced the HeadShok with a Fox Float RL 100. Brakes are now Avid Juicy 5 Discs. DH riser bar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by edgar cameroni a Racer from california

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006

Strengths:    great, tough frame i go off lots of jumps holds up well, i have manitou splice forks and there great. it is pretty light too its about 20-25pounds

Weaknesses:    not very many, maybe get a larger fork or shorter setup it is very long

Bottom Line:   
GREAT BIKE!! look into it it is a good bike for hard rocky terrain to soft muddy areas.
it seams that you can almost enter a downhill race with it

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Favorite Trail:   n/a

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   1400

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   2-3 in

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nic from miami,fl,usa

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2006

Strengths:    I Luv this bike its sick I ride dirt jumps in miami usually mostly urban but took it to maob and killed all the spandexers and its crazy light as nothing and can take a crash just gotta keep it pampered and tuned after every couple of rides

Weaknesses:    The petals I put on some azonics also put on a lizard skin so I wouldnt have to hear the chain banging around so much thinking about changing it to single speed up front with chain guide evil thirteen or something also put dirt jumping seat on and cut the seat post so it sits down flush

Bottom Line:   
luv it, buy it, if u wanna talk to every one about your bike buy a cannondale with a lefty fork cuz they will talk to you, expecally since i ride mine street and dirt everyone is always askin questions plus it rides like a dream great platform for almost any kind of riding and can bu customized to your likeing for the price

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Favorite Trail:   quietwaters park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   biketec

Similar Products Used:   specialized p2 tricked out iron horse porter pro stock specialized rock hopper& stuntjumper

Bike Setup:   upgraded lefty pro max carbon,azonic aframe petals,dmrjumpseat,atomlab aircorp rims,wtb velociraptor tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Marlow a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2005

Strengths:    Lefty's lateral rigidity
totally adjustable geometry
climbing ability


Weaknesses:    cable routing wears frame and Lefty fork
no front lock-out for Lefty
no oem-supplied adapter for standard fork-mounted bike trays
difficulty arranging shuttles/transporting without carrying fork adapter
challenging to mount cycle computer
longer wheelbase makes navigating twisty, technical trail sections difficult


Bottom Line:   
The Jekyll climbs suprisingly better than my previous hardtail. Plus I can now ride technical and downhill trails that I would not have touched before. The Lefty soaks up the biggest drops, but stays true laterally on bumpy descents.

Cdale should skip the remote lockout supplied free and provide the adapter to mount the Lefty on standard fork-mounted bike trays; the adapter would get more use and be one less obstacle to purchase.

That said, this bike is a dream come true. I'd rate it 9.5 out of 10. Only time will tell whether the frame wear from cable routing is a warranty issue...be sure to inspect your frame frequently during first year of riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. St. Helens

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Montlake Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   My second choice before buying the Jekyll was a Jamis Dakar

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richard Capone a Weekend Warrior from Kensington, CA

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2005

Strengths:    Very smooth ride. Responsive handling. Love the ability to turn off the front or rear shocks when climbing on the road.

Weaknesses:    During muddy rides, shifting slips. For the cost would have expected better shifting.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. Highly recommend it. Would suggest upgrading the LX rear derailleur if you like mud riding. Not sure if it would help but I suppose it couldn't hurt.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Mike's Bike in Berkeley

Similar Products Used:   Old mt. bike for 15 years was a Bridgestone MB-3. Solid bike no shocks. Worked perfectly rain, mud, or shine. Tried Santa Cruz, Giant. Decided on Jekyll.

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Boyko a Racer from Pennington, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2005

Strengths:    I'm very impressed with braking, and shifting of speeds on this bike.

Weaknesses:    The only thing I don't like is seat. It is very uncomfortable. I recomend you to change seat as soon as you buy the bike.

Bottom Line:   
I'm also impressed with the price of the bike, it is very cheap for that type of bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Princeton Cannondale

Similar Products Used:   Jekyll 400

Bike Setup:   Bike's setup is very easy to recognize by looking at all Cannondale bikes. Rear shok is very soft, so don't worry about going down the hill. I don't think that wheel that comes with bike is very comfortable, you almost have to lie on the bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rebel a Downhiller from Mill Valley, CA

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2005

Strengths:    Burly frame, good geometry, nice BB height.

Weaknesses:    No v-brake mounts.

Bottom Line:   
I set up my Jekyll for all-mountain use, with an emphasis on freeride, hence the two ring guide and Marzocchi fork. That being said, it lives up to it's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" name by performing as both an XC bike and a DH bike.

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Favorite Trail:   I don't ride bikes, I just look at them

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Cannondale

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky Five, Santa Cruz Bullit.

Bike Setup:   2002 Jekyll 1000 medium frame, '01 Marzocchi Z.4, Mavic XM 321's on Cannondale Fire hubs, Truvativ Hussefelt double crank with Blackspire Dewlie chainguide, WTB Laser V saddle, Avid BBDB mechanical disc brakes.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Maniac a Cross Country Rider from Sebastopol, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2003

Strengths:    Adjustablility

Weaknesses:    Coda parts, Lefty tops out when climbing, Lefty sticks at top when you leave it overnight, shock mount on swingarm

Bottom Line:   
This bike would be great for anyone who not over 200 lbs. I'm 6'1", weigh 205 and have been riding for 20+ years. I should have shopped around before deciding on a Can-it-fail.
The Fox shock has to be pumped up to almost 300lbs to keep the bike from feeling mushy. Also, I've gone through 2 sets of bushing at the pivot and now the bolt holes in the swingarm for the shock have ovalized and the bike clunks whenever the rear end comes unweighted (jumping, bunny hopping). I tried rplacing the shock bushings and putting in a new bolt but it didn't help. Also, upgrade the swingarm/shock bolt with a Grade 8 bolt...the threads won't wear down as fast from the suspension movement and you'll have less chance of breakage out on the trail.
The trunnion that the Fox shock threads in to moves side to side in the aluminum spars of the frame. I called Canitfail about this and they said it was engineered that way to reduce side loading on the shock. Maybe so, but it causes alignment problems with the drivetrain and this bike HAS NEVER SHIFTED RIGHT!
The Lefty is a nice fork, however it does top out with an audible clunk when climbing and it tends to stick at the top of the travel if you haven't ridden it for a day or so. Once you get going though, it does go away.
The stock seat is HORRIBLE and had to be replaced a month after I bought it.
The stock rims were some Sun pieces of crap that lasted about 6 months before I had to replace them with some Mavics. The Coda rear hub lasted less than 1 year and the front hub has some side to side play in it, so the bearings are shot and need replacing.
Durability issues abound on this bike and I just can't recommend it to anyone who is greater than 190 lbs.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   XTR, Hayes, Syntace VRO, Coda cranks, hubs, seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ross from Oregon

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2003

Strengths:    Welds, Lefty, and pretty much everything else except...

Weaknesses:    Cranks are starting to creak, tires.

Bottom Line:   
I love this thing. It takes all my abuse. Just upgrade the cranks and bottom bracket, then it will be perfect. The bike is more for cross country, but some quick single track downhill is not out of the question.

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Favorite Trail:   Porccupine Rim, Moab

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   River City Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Enduro FSR, Fisher sugar 1-2-3, many others

Bike Setup:   stock, execpt pedals, soon to have new cranks and ISIS bottom bracket

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hurl a Cross Country Rider from Pasadena

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2003

Strengths:    Cannondale quality. Really smooth. Well built. Never had a problem (so far). Very adjustable for different riding styles.

Weaknesses:    ELO - if it ever goes bad - i hope i can get parts.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet Ride (for me)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz superlight

Bike Setup:   stock, but trick! XTR...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bob from Rancho Santa Margarita

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2003

Strengths:    The bike is very light weight and handles very well

Weaknesses:    CODA brakes start squealing after replacing them 3 times in 6 months. Retail and manufacturers support is very weak. I bought an American-made product based on national pride and product reputation but got burned big time.



Bottom Line:   
I won't buy another Cannondale and I won't buy another bike from Supergo.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Purchased At:   Supergo


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Maresq a Cross Country Rider from Vienna

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2003

Strengths:    Good geometry, lock out system, handling, build quality.

Weaknesses:    No seat post quick release, cable routing.

Bottom Line:   
A great all round bike, but you need at least 80mm front suspension for any serious downhilling, unless you like the pneumatic effect. Very good handling, responsive and precise. Better uphill than the Jekyll 800, Lefty not so good. Have tried.

More suited to XC than Freeride, as stated in many european advertisments. But a great purchase anyway.


Do not buy a bike from Cyclopia Vienna. No idea about service in any respect...

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Favorite Trail:   Vienna Wald.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Cyclopia

Similar Products Used:   Trek fuel, Orange........Hard tails, well completely hard, changed to a fully, I want to have kids.

Bike Setup:   Formula disc brakes (For Racing Dual Piston), downhill bar,

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