Bike Check: Ella Conolly's Cannondale Jekyll - EWS Pietra Ligure 2020

Sep 19, 2020
by Ed Spratt  



For 2020 Ella Conolly stays onboard the Cannondale Jekyll that saw her take third at EWS Madeira in 2019. After a great start to the 2020 season in Zermatt with a third place finish she will be looking for another top result this weekend.

Ella's bike this weekend stays mostly the same from previous races as she prefers to keep a familiar setup so that she knows how the bike will react when riding. This also carries through with her bike featuring no special components or setup tricks as again she wants to keep everything familiar so there are no surprises during races.

The only change she has made for this weekend is the decision to use a rear tire insert because of the jagged rocks on the course. This isn't something that she finds is necessary on most courses because of her lighter weight, but for this weekend it was a must to avoid any potential disasters. The size small Cannondale Jekyll is equipped with RockShox suspension front and rear with 85psi up front and 140psi in the shock.

We assure you Ella Conolly is smiling after her third place finish.

Rider Name: Ella Conolly
Team: SRAM Development Team
Instagram: @ella_conolly



Details
Frame: Cannondale Jekyll (Size: S)
Fork: Rockshox Lyrik (85psi)
Shock: Rockshox Super Deluxe (140psi)
Wheels: Stans Flow MK3
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary, 21psi / Hans Dampf, 24 psi
Inserts: rear wheel only
Drivetrain: SRAM AXS
Cockpit: Renthal Fatbar Carbon and Fabric Grips




bigquotesI don't think I run anything specific or fancy on my bike. It's a bike and I ride. I don't have anything wildly different to be honest.Ella Connolly




Aluminum Truvativ Stylo cranks.

Fabric saddle.
Crankbrothers Mallet pedals.



56 Comments

  • 78 1
 "I don't think I run anything specific or fancy on my bike. It's a bike and I ride"....said no Pinkbike poster ever...
  • 6 3
 TBF thats exactly how I would describe my bike.
  • 4 0
 @mtb-scotland: I couldn’t actually tell you what all the components I have on my bike are! So this is also definitely me!
  • 4 1
 @mtb-scotland: your scottish, checks out Smile
  • 2 0
 are zip ties fancy?
  • 2 0
 @T4THH: depends if they are black or coloured
  • 28 1
 She smashes harder than you.
  • 10 0
 That water bottle position is tripping me out.
  • 15 0
 you could hold a pint of beer in there with minimal losses, given the right terrain
  • 1 0
 @ddspaz: I even saw one of those guys with beer dispensing helmets!
  • 1 0
 @pistol2ne: Steve Peat has raced with beercans on his helmet, hasn't he? Can't find pictures on the internet, but I do recall seeing them in Dirt Magazine.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I think it’s this one, right? Number 2 on the list. (Sorry for mobile link)

m.vitalmtb.com/features/15-Lessons-Weve-Learned-from-Steve-Peat,428
  • 1 0
 @ddspaz: they get crazy dirty tho and I actually already lost a bottle on a rather rowdy fast trail
  • 6 3
 I'm rather confused as to how she runs 85 psi in the Lyrik. At 185lbs, I run from 87-92psi in my Lyrik with no tokens. That just seems a little crazy, but hey it works for her!
  • 13 1
 attacks harder and probably back's off her compressions settings. Her setting for more speed and not comfort compared to the normal weekend warrior.
  • 5 1
 @dc40: It also really depends on which year and which air spring system is in your fork, along with which damper. Rockshox has changed a lot inside the Lyrik in the last 4 years, so you can have a Lyrik with a small negative chamber that runs relatively low PSI to stay up in travel and has a stiff damper setup, to a fork with a huge neg chamber needing lots of positive spring pressure and that fork might be paired with a softer damper compression setting. So you can have the same rider changing 10 psi from model year to model year to have a similar feel.
  • 1 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: are the newer lyriks more plush/less damped? Do the newer ones have a larger negative chamber (I am assuming)?
  • 1 2
 @ashmtb85: It's not quite that simple. Year to year the negative chamber keeps getting bigger, but the damper changes back and forth. One year it's soft, the next year it's hard, then it's soft again. A couple years ago the Charger was ridiculously firm and most people ran it with the compression knob almost all the way open. Companies are always trying to make their forks more "plush," but there are a number of different ways to accomplish that goal.
  • 1 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: I had exactly that on a 2018 Charger Pike - would that have been the issue ? I have to open up the LSC and run a really high psi to keep the fork supportive and active.
Increasing LSC and reducing pressure made it feel dead.
  • 2 1
 @Molesdigmyjumps: Probably. What matters in the end in the damping force, not the number of clicks it takes to get there. On some forks you need to use tons of LSC to get the same damping force and feel as a fork that can be run wide open. @vorsprungsuspension did a youtube video recently on the new Fox 38, and apparently the new Grip2 damper produces waaaaay less total damping force than the old Grip2 or the RC2. So Fox does the same thing. Your job as the rider is to find the setting that works for you, which it sounds like you did on your 2018 Pike.
  • 5 2
 The most confusing thing is why, on a frame that has such a beautiful paint job, Rockshox still insist on giving her a fork that clashes so terribly. "Hey, buy Rockshox forks, they will ruin the look of your bike".
  • 1 1
 @ashmtb85: no ,opposite..less plush, firmly damped, infact, it's a new force of nature, the way it stays up!!
  • 4 7
 I don’t recall seeing your name in an ews start list so maybe that’s why her fork is set up the way it is and yours is set up differently?
  • 1 0
 I’m 160lbs, run 84psi 3 tokens, 2clicks HSC, almost open LSC

and team robot is spot on....I just swapped to new 2.1 charger damper + debonair spring and I went up like 10psi.
  • 2 0
 I have a jekyll and while it was great when I purchased it in 2011 and its been in bike park service since...

The frame (current) design looks so incredibly dated.. dont get me wrong they have relatively modern geo and they are still great bikes but it just feels like they havent really progressed.
  • 6 5
 I simply cannot get past the hideous aesthetic of this bike. Might be the best bike ever, idk, but when spending lots of $$$ ya gotta get a bike that stokes your fire a bit. This does not.
  • 1 0
 There's definitely some 'concept' at work. The partly faded, partly hard-edged peach color is...unique. Overall its memorable and doesn't look like anything else, and that's good advertising. Cannondale makes clean-looking frames.
  • 3 0
 @twozerosix: don’t mind the paint! Just everything else! Purely subjective tho! For some reason I want to like Cannondale, but never do...
  • 2 0
 Kinda weird she isn't running the ultrasoft compound on the front
  • 2 1
 She could probably out run most of us on that red bike.
  • 1 0
 Let´s goo Ella!!!! (i put you in my fantasy team)
  • 2 0
 rekt
  • 2 0
 Hope she sees this bro
  • 1 0
 Looks like Mr. Hydeous.
  • 2 3
 Her mechanic needs to sort out those brake hoses
  • 1 0
 Bar spin ready
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