Thursday, August 14, 2014

2015 Cannondale Jekyll Carbon 2 REVIEW

Make no compromises, Cannondale’s Jekyll Carbon 2 soars up  the climbs and charges the descents. 

It’s all thanks to the extremely strong, light Ballistec HI-MOD carbon frame that boasts Fox's revolutionary DYAD rear shock that allows you to choose between 160mm or 95mm of travel to best suit the demands of the trail and your style of riding. Adjusting the travel also changes the geometry, and it's all done by a bar-mounted lever. The front suspension is just as revolutionary, a 1.5-inch head tube keeps the 160mm Cannondale Left SuperMax Carbon fork on your chosen line. Since this enduro sled lets you climb as well as you descend, the fast-shifting, 20-speed SRAM/Shimano drivetrain with stiff SRAM cranks and BB30 bottom bracket has the power to crush every hill, up and down. Other trail-dominating components include Shimano's unbeatable XT brakes, a descent-enhancing KS Lev dropper post, and tubeless-ready Mavic Crossroc wheels that help you to push the Jekyll to the max. 

2015 DYAD RT2 Rear Shock from Cannondale Bicycles on Vimeo.

From - "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."


SuperMax is LIGHTER

Weighing in at a scant 1850 grams, the SuperMax 160 is lighter than any of its competitors but what truly sets it apart is its insane stiffness. With rigidity and strength that rivals downhill forks, no other Trail/All-Mountain fork steers as precisely, or descends as confidently as the SuperMax. The only thing bending here is your mind.

SuperMax is STRONGER

Gram for gram, SuperMax is the strongest fork in the world. They punch way above their weight class, going head to head in destructive testing with full-on freeride and DH forks. Cross-Country light meets DH tough.

SuperMax is STIFFER

SuperMax’s massively oversized inverted dual-crown design give it stiffness comparable to the burliest downhill forks, while weighing the same as some XC forks. Light weight efficiency with heavyweight control.

SuperMax is SMOOTHER

The heart of the SuperMax, Cannondale’s patented hybrid needle-bearing technology keeps the suspension moving freely, regardless of load. Even under the hardest braking, impact, and steering forces, the wheel is able to track the ground fluidly for maximum control.

New guts. Now even smoother.

SuperMax PBR Trail/Enduro Damper – The new 2015 damper features a new Wide Mouth Piston which increases oil flow, resulting in improved small bump sensitivity and high speed plushness. These improvements will be especially evident on mid to high speed small, sharp bumps and chatter/braking bump terrain. Low speed compression damping is maintained for optimal chassis stability and minimized pedal bob/brake dive.


The new sealed hybrid bearing system is so robust that it requires around half the regular maintenance of the competition. With its long service intervals and completely replaceable wear-parts, you'll spend less time and money servicing, and more time riding.

Wheel-Size-Specific Axle Offsets

Instead of relying on front suspension companies for off-the-shelf products, we’re able to tailor our forks specifically for each bike platform, creating the most optimized front end geometry and handling possible. SuperMax features wheel-size-specific axle offsets – 60mm on SuperMax 29 and 50mm on SuperMax 27.5, both 10mm longer than their competitors. This increased offset combined with OverMountain’s slack head angles offers the best combination of high speed stability and low speed agility and cornering. The effect is so significant that one magazine reviewer called the Trigger 29 with Supermax "nothing short of revolutionary".

Wide Flange Hub

The new SuperMax Lefty hub features wider flange spacing which allows increased spoke angle for a stronger, stiffer wheel.

(Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control)

Double Clamped 15mm Thru-axles
The ECS-TC system uses 15mm thru-axles for the key pivots. By placing axle bearings in-board and clamping the ends of the axle, the axle becomes a structural part of the link or swingarm. Tying the two sides of the link or swingarm together via the axle in this manner radically increases the system’s ability to resist twisting loads.

Collet Sleeve Bearing Preload
Rather than rely on spacers or washers to take up the space between the links and bearings like other systems, the ECS-TC system has an innovative collet-style preload system. Sitting between the clamp and the axle, the collet sleeves slide into place against the bearing, eliminating any play and allowing perfect centering of the link.

Double-Stacked Rear Dropout Pivot Bearings
At the rear dropout, where the wheel prevents the two pivots from being joined by an axle, we double-stack two bearings side by side in each pivot. This greatly increases the seat stays ability to instantly resist twisting loads, making for an incredibly solid feeling swingarm.


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