Cannondale is completely revamping their mountain bike lineup for 2011. This new lineup from Cannondale bikes is the first complete redesign since the Doral buyout, so all eyes are on Cannondale to see if they can keep the “boutique” feel going with big box backing. As part of the new mountain bike lineup announcement, the big C brought back the Jekyll.
To bring back an old mountain bike legend like the Jekyll, Cannondale knew they couldn’t bring just another run of the mill trail bike to the trail. Instead, they brought a one of a kind pull shock (like the Scott Genius but a little bit different) and adjustable travel to the mix.
2011 Cannondale Jekyll – Adjustable Pull Shock
Cannondale wanted to bring a bike to the market that climbed like a cross country bike but downhilled like an all mountain monster. The result: a bike that is adjustable from 90mm to 150mm on the rear end with a unique pull shock that has completely separate damping, rebound and compression circuits for each travel level.
Now…Cannondale is not the first company to try a pull shock and definitely not the first to try out adjustable travel. Typically, bikes that try to do everything, end up riding some trail conditions ok, but they had to sacrifice too much to achieve the adjust-ability.
Personally, I can not see how a bike can change from 90mm to 150mm of rear wheel travel and do either really well. That is just too big of a switch. If the bike was 130mm to 160mm…maybe…but we live in a different mountain biking world today that we used to. We live in a dirt world where 100mm to 120mm is now the race preference outside of a hardtail for 26″ bikes, so why did Cannondale pick 90mm?
It will be interesting to see what comes of this unique ride over the coming months as more riders get a chance to throw a leg over this unique, carbon bike.
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