If you have a few years of mountain biking under your belt by now, then it’s definitely time to upgrade your bicycle to something more sophisticated. Now, this’s exactly where the Cannondale Jekyll range of bicycles comes in handy. This bike model has been developed to be a full-blown enduro race bicycle that offers you a platform to ride over any type of terrain. Today, we are going to talk about the Cannondale Jekyll 3 and why it’s worth breaking the bank for.
Cannondale Jekyll 3 Product Description
The newly updated 2019 Cannondale Jekyll 3 27.5” enduro bike strikes an exceptional balance between the best-in-class pedaling efficiency and huge 170mm fork travel. This feature coupled with the Shimano drivetrain and Hydraulic disc brakes definitely give it a superior climbing ability and efficiency than other enduro bikes in its class. And of course, the BallisTec carbon frame ensures that the bike is very agile and stiff while at the same time remaining as light as possible.
Cannondale Jekyll 3 Specs:
+ Wheel size: 27.5”
+ Weight: 33 lbs. 3.2 oz.
+ Number of gears: 24
+ MTB style: All-mountain
+ Bike suspension: Full suspension
+ Chain: 12-speed, SRAM NX Eagle
+ Frame: SmartForm C1 carbon/alloy shock link
+ Sizes: SM, MD, LG, XL
+ Tire width: 2.5”
+ Brake type: Hydraulic disc brakes
+ Handlebar shape: Riser bar
+ Fork travel: 170mm by Fox
+ Bottom Bracket: Cannondale BB30
+ Pedals: Sold separately -- see these for some ideas
+ Gender: Unisex
Cannondale Jekyll 3 Features
Here are some of the features that make Jekyll 3 one of the best high-end mountain bikes currently in the market:
One of the most outstanding features about the Jekyll 3 is its Gemini rear shock which delivers 2 modes of Cannondale calls – Hustle and Flow. The Hustle mode shortens travel while at the same time ramping up spring rate to enable a snappy and responsive feeling when making those sharp turns and sprints. On the other hand, the Flow mode offers long Fox travel of 170mm to enable you to effectively take control when things get super-rough. In short, you won’t even notice any loss of pedaling efficiency with this bicycle.
The Jekyll models come in 2 distinct frame options – carbon and alloy. That said, the Jekyll 3 comes with a front triangle of BallisTec carbon and alloy swingarm. The use of Ai (Asymmetric Integration) also offers some of the shortest chainstays you can get on the trail with more frame stiffness and tire clearance. In addition, the Ai even-dish build ensures a strong and stiff rear wheel.
The 27.5” wheels fitted with Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5” tubeless-ready tires ensures that you get enough traction and comfort when riding over tough terrains. To add on that, the use of the award-winning Cannondale BB30 bottom bracket alongside the 24 hill-taming gears makes this mountain bike a climbing beast.
4. Other components
Apart from the eye-catching design, this bike also comes with the reliable and powerful Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc brakes just as expected. It goes without saying that the Cannondale’s C3 780mm riser bar and the 35mm stem offers top-notch steering and snappy feeling when negotiating sharp corners. Keep in mind however that you’ll have to buy the pedals separately.
Cannondale Jekyll 3 Performance
This bike was developed at the enduro racing circuit, but we still feel it’s very approachable for everyday biking. Thanks to the Gemini shock and adjustable travel, this bike provides solid pedaling performance as well as the much-needed bump absorption.
Cannondale Jekyll 3 Final Verdict
It’s safe to conclude that Cannondale has kept up-to-date with most (if not all) of its customers’ demands from a modern enduro racer. And let’s not forget the sharp looks that this MTB boasts of. The only downside we see is the $3,150 price tag and the omitted versatility for a water bottle. But again, if you can afford it, this is one of the most updated bicycles out there. If this bike is out of your budget, consider the Habit 5.