Spotted: Prototype Cannondale Enduro Bike

Nov 4, 2019
by Mike Levy  
Cannondale prototype enduro bike

Cannondale's re-entry into the world of downhill bikes came this year via a wild, high-pivot prototype that can use two shocks (but only one has damping) and offers all the adjustments. Matt Simmonds did the 2019 World Cup season aboard the bike as a toe-in-the-water return to top-flight downhill racing for Cannondale, but don't be surprised to see a full-on factory race effort in 2020.

Downhill bikes are always interesting, but it looks like someone at Cannondale is thinking about a bit less travel, with this all-grey prototype being spotted in the lift line at Mountain Creek Bike Park this weekend. There are some big differences, too. While the downhill bike sees an optional dual-shock layout that lets them separate damping and spring duties, it looks like they've ditched that system here as there's no forward shock mount. There is a water bottle in the same spot, though, while the shock is hidden from view inside the downtube and behind a bolt-on shield, just like on the downhill bike.

Cannondale prototype enduro bike
The downhill bike (on the right) sees its shock hidden inside the downtube and protected by a bolt-on shield, as does the latest prototype (left).

A few other things to note, including that those sure look like 29" wheels, and that they've skipped the adjustable-length chainstays used on the race bike. The drive-side is mostly hidden by the rider's leg, but given that it employs a similar-ish high-pivot suspension layout, it's a safe bet that it's using an idler-pulley to route the chain up equally high as well.

Of course, Cannondale has the 165mm-travel Jekyll (or 150mm on 29" wheels) as their current enduro-y bike, but something tells me that you have an idea where this might be heading in 2021.

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  • 366 10
 Full review tomorrow? We still doing that??
  • 375 4
 In a few hours.
  • 32 123
flag powderturns (Nov 4, 2019 at 11:59) (Below Threshold)
 nice of them to remove the shield so our spy can surrepticiously get a view of the shock.
  • 296 6
 @powderturns: that’s a picture of the downhill bike ya melon
  • 24 2
 @powderturns, that downtube shot is from the DH bike that we covered earlier in the year:
  • 41 0
 @kleinblake: i deserve that.
  • 16 0
 i saw 2 of them, on sabretooth horse trail. the weekend after crankworx. was talking to the guy and joked about taking a pic and he looked like a sabretooth looking at its prey when i said that. only has the downtube shock mount. not the best looking frame tbh
  • 15 0
 @shredddr: excellent photato work. Beer
  • 20 6
 PB has to wait for the check to clear
  • 40 1
 IMO not many new enduro bikes will get launched before Fox 38 is officially out.
  • 5 0
 @jollyXroger: nailed it
  • 10 8

My bid:
Fox 38: 160-180mm of travel 2300g +/- 50g, integrated, one piece Crown-Steerer, 1,1/8"-2" steerer. Axle to crown Fox36+10mm. 15mm Boost axle, Price 1599$ +/- 50$

If you have an E-bike then why not just buy a Fox 40 at 2800g is beyond any reasoning...
  • 8 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I would say you are unfortunately spot on 15mm Boost. Because if they up it 20mm they will lose the opportunity to piss everybody off in 3-4 years.

Trek Rail is already sporting some wide crown, but seems there is no info on is the steerer tube wider as well or is it just some intermediate solution till Rockshox catches up with an upcoming standard.
  • 31 8
 @jollyXroger: Just wait for someone at Race Face to wake up the morning after micrdose of meth and go: how could we be so blind... 38! mili... milimeter stanch... handlebar clamp!!! How could we be so blind! So much gains! So much compliance, stiffness to weight ratio. I have discovered the new optimum! Rhonda! Rhondaaa! Give me my phone I need to call CHINA!
  • 3 3
 @WAKIdesigns: You mean 38.01?
/Sram waiting for Fox to make a first move to set those tolerances on their machines and finally get ahead in the great stanchion game.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: all of that but maybe 20mm axle ,I guess it will happen again ,never know why they turn to the 15 mm (or do I know )
  • 8 7
 @jollyXroger: Rhonda be like... calling Easton. - Hi Rhonda, - Hi Jasper - How's things? - Unexcting... - oh, sad to hear that... how's Chester? Don't know... calling China some bars you know... He sees things again... one day he is freaking out about losing dollars on loose eyelets, shouting "Next! Next!" Now earning dollars on thicker bars - oh yeah? - yeah - yhm - yeah... - huh? - yyyymmmm... I am tired of Chesters soft... rims... - about that, you kn... - oh I wish someone at Easton could bring some stiff hockey stick for me to test - Oh Rhonda - Oh Jasper...
  • 3 0
 @WAKIdesigns: 2150g and no more, I bet a sixpack of Pilsner Urquell
  • 2 0
 @oneheckler: my 2015 RC2 w/ 20 mm axle was one of the best forks I’ve ever ridden
  • 4 0
 @leviatanouroboro: You cynical git. As if they would be so blatant.

They hide those payments in advertising contracts these days.
  • 4 0
 @WAKIdesigns: And then???! What happen to Rhonda?!
  • 1 0
 @WelshClemo: this is great, but did you want it on the Dean Lucas post?
  • 3 0
 Don't encourage him. It will only make it worse! Ha ha.
  • 134 0
 If it doesn't have three rear shocks I'm not interested
  • 24 1
 And a 50mm stanchioned Lefty.
  • 88 2
 Those pants are so tight, my educated guess is that this is their new XC bike. Don't question my education.
  • 8 0
 … Cant see undie line.. Respect!
  • 19 0
 New Lulu Lemon x A Stars colab??
  • 7 1
  • 10 5
 @VtVolk: Lulu Lemon and Maloja colab. Only for females identifying themselves as influencers... Then Henri LLoyd and Rapha colab for men identifying themselves as real cyclists.
  • 70 2
 Suspension designer: "So by separating springiness from dampiness we can optimise overall suspension performance."

Head of marketing: "So according to our pinkbike focus groups it "doesn't look like a session", I guess that's good? But it will need space for a water bottle next to all those springs."

Suspension designer: "Where do you expect me to put the damper, inside the bloody downtube?"
  • 2 0
 hahahahaha very good
  • 1 4
 Apparently going for uniquely different spring and shock leverage ratio curves. Given that the spring still essentially requires a dampless shock to maintain linkage alignment, not really sure if the benefits will exceed the negatives outside a pure no-cost limit race strategy. Otherwise appears as more things to maintain and/or go wrong. They clearly threw KISS out the window. The added weight is likely not that relative for DH at least, well maybe.
  • 48 5

I will be a bad @$$ bike and will have the obligatory 17 different proprietary parts that only Cannondale or Fox can manufacture/service. That way in 4 years when you call them to get your bike/shock serviced they can tell you that those parts are no longer in production and you have to buy a new bike.
  • 10 11
 Don't worry there will be relatively few of these left in the wild 4 years later because the frames that are actually ridden will crack and Cannondale (Dorel) won't honor the warranty.
  • 8 3
 @ppp9911: idk if you have had any actual experience with their warranty but I warrantied my road bike due to the drop outs not being straight after a year of riding it, and they sent me the new redesigned model year version no questions asked.
  • 5 0
 yeah, sometimes the thinking out of the box put you to a situation when you are starring at the box from neighbours living room, thee houses next
  • 3 0
 @Saiyan66 Sounds like you had a Jekyll too!
  • 22 2
 I can’t wait to see all the details in the morning along with a video and full press release
  • 7 0
 I'm hoping that mine will be delivered before I go to work tomorrow.
  • 22 4
 Crazy bikes like this are how you know you are at the peak of the economic cycle. This thing is going to launch just as the economy tanks and the demand for $7,500 bikes with NX drivetrains totally evaporates.
  • 15 1
 So it sounds like Cannondale is right on schedule.
  • 25 123
flag Hpbike (Nov 4, 2019 at 12:24) (Below Threshold)
 Depends on who is the next President. Trump will keep the economy going. A Biden/Sanders/Warren win will tank the economy for years.
  • 62 11
 @Hpbike: Trump will keep it going? How? By cutting taxes, running up the deficit, and driving us deeper into debt, all to pump up some artificial demand? And what happens when we get to the end of that bubble?
  • 11 4
 @chriskneeland: To answer your last question... Just f*ckin send it.
  • 13 6
 @Hpbike: yeah bush did wonders for the economy. Trump is even more short sighted.
  • 6 2
 @Hpbike: Wow, sounds like you are as smart as Trump!
  • 8 30
flag Hpbike (Nov 4, 2019 at 19:55) (Below Threshold)
 @LuvAZ: yes Bush had to fix the Clinton problem. Clinton raised taxes and never took care of osama. 9/11 happened. Also unions ruined the car companies under Bush. Bush fixes all that and Obama got a good economy. It was starting to go down hill near the end of his term and Obama built the children lock ups along the border.

America was blessed to get Trump. A true moderate. Low unemployment. Someone to enforce the laws at the boarder. A president that stood up to China. Someone who showed the media’s Fake News side. Plus many other great things.

Also what do people think that a $52 trillion health care plan is going to do. I know it will stink the USA for years.
  • 2 15
flag Hpbike (Nov 4, 2019 at 19:57) (Below Threshold)
 I know it will sink the USA for years.
  • 4 5
 @chriskneeland: The deficit isn’t a tax issue. It’s a spending issue. Give em more money and they will gladly spend it. I’ll take the tax cuts.
  • 7 5
 @Hpbike: im sorry u r mistaken. Obama came in at the worst point when the mortgage crisis hit and managed to get us out of it. Unregulated greed will always lead to disaster. Please think for yourself and stop repeating talking pts. We had low unemployment with obama. We had the same situation at the border. We did not stand up to china we hurt ourselves. Separating kids from parents was a tactic for trump. What specific news stories have you investigated and found to be fake? The only fake news is every word that comes out of trumps mouth. Trump is not a moderate he is a dictator (he wants to be) and adores putin. He has admitted to asking foreign powers to investigate a rival. His children and jared (whose father went to prison) have been working in the gov while running businesses with foreign countries. History will not be kind to this family.
  • 9 2
 @Hpbike: and btw who took care of osama again?? I remember bush taking care of the wmd 'problem' in iraq. What do u remember?
  • 5 2
 @Hpbike: what reality do you live in?
  • 10 3
 @Hpbike: Who needs Russian trolls when you have Pinkbike. Take this shit elsewhere, I came here for the looks like a session comments and Waki spittin' some mushroom tea philosophy.
  • 1 2
 @PtDiddy: You should look into an economic concept called aggregate demand.
  • 30 11
 Even the 50to1 crew can’t make me interested in a cannondale, there’s just nothing to want about them.
  • 18 1
 I'd have a Habit. However, I'd probably end up selling it after a few weeks after being disappointed that my steeze numbers have remained static.
  • 8 2
 @dingus: I don’t own one but Habit suspension is perfection. They nailed the kinematics better than anyone. Shame the sizing is shorter than a dwarf amputee.
  • 5 1
 The Habit is brilliant! I've a 2020 AL4 with 27.5 wheels and it's an absolute riot, takes every opportunity to get airborne, and the rear end snaps around turns like a BMX. I 100% recommend it!
  • 15 0
 Will there be a limited edition released? I only want something if it is exclusive and costs twice as much as a decent used car.
  • 13 1
 dumb thiccc
  • 13 2
 Needs a lefty
  • 12 1
 That guy must work out.
  • 5 3
 That's a woman Randy.
  • 11 3
 "Is This a Prototype Cannondale Enduro Bike?" Man, y'all know it is. You already have the review written, just waiting for the media embargo to end.
  • 14 4
 Wanna bet?
  • 13 0
 @mikekazimer: That you don't have the review written because you really don't know... or that if it's not already complete, it's in the process of being written... or that if it's not already in the process of being written that someone's not just procrastinating about writing it? Wink
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Well, it's been close to 24 hours, and no review. Well played, @mikekazimer. Well played. Glad I didn't take that bet.
  • 7 0
 So intriguing with the tight pants blocking the view.......
  • 6 3
 It could be the best bike in the world, nothing can save it from the fact that Cannondale is shady as shit. Their customers are basically product testers and when something goes wrong they don’t even have spares for repairs.
  • 4 5
 You are correct, and this is a Dorel issue. The pre-Dorel Cannondale was great. After having 5 Cannondales (including a 2005 prophet still going strong) I purchased a new 2014 carbon Jekyll. Seatstays cracked twice (once about 2 weeks in) with no crashes or impacts to the seatstays and Cannondale refused to warranty.

Will never own another Dorel bike, or Evil and possibly Rocky Mountain (expect to see more on RM soon)
  • 3 1
 Guerrilla Gravity has now taken up the mantel of the Made-in-USA ethos. As a former Cannondale owner I can’t help but get giddy supporting such a rad Coloradan company, due in part to their exception warranty and customer service.
  • 9 3
 Hard to be stoked on the bike when pants like that are acceptable these days.
  • 2 0
 Cannondale has made tons of dogshit bikes on the mtb side. But the current Jekyll 27.5 rips... If you don't mind building/dishing your own wheels. Also the new habit is really good except the seattube lengths are road bike-esque. So in sum.... Cannondale is ALMOST making good mtbs
  • 14 10
 It’s a gender neutral bike , it is an enduro bike that identifies itself as an ebike
  • 2 0
 Funny, it’s usually an ebike trying to identify as a mountain bike.
  • 3 2
 Nice to see Cannondale coming back to its roots and doing something interesting and different from the run-of-the-mill bikes that the market as well as its own line-up have grown into. Just wondering if the geometry will keep up with the soundness of the bike's design and construction.
  • 4 2
 For the love of GAWD would Cannondale STOP trying to be weird and different and just put out a SOLID well thought out bike! No weird forks, no stupid shocks etc.etc.! Cmon C-Dale! You got this!!!!
  • 2 2
 Solid is all I see here. Maybe too solid for you? Like flexy bikes?
  • 3 0
 Cannondale are off the back , had some good stuff in the past but for the most part don't do anything worth considering now.
  • 5 0
 Looks sick
  • 10 0
 No, there is a bike in the picture, it's not from "sick".
  • 2 0
 I’ve seen this at creek for months every weekend. It’s been spotted with a boxxer quiet a few times too, most likely will be a endruo/ park bike.
  • 2 2
 I have 2 experiences with cannondale 1 is an old Gemini (before they were cool) that was a cannonwhale after dorel and with c.f. now crack'n'fail. Either way they have always looked better than they rode. Which isnt saying much for some of them.....
  • 3 1
 Did you break the Gemini? My mate had one that he absolutely flogged,huge drops to flat etc and it survived it all.He still has it and takes it out occasionally for nostalgia's sake.Still rides alright too.
  • 2 0
 On the other side we have an Orange Alpine 6 a mastercalss in simplicity and in this corner, a bike with two shocks,linkages and a downt
  • 4 1
 What if I told you it was the new Norco Range?
  • 2 1
 Someone evidently knows more than they should about the new Range.
  • 4 1
 @dkidd: some bullshitting occurred hahaha
  • 4 0
 Looks like a Norco.
  • 6 2
 Randy's gonna be pumped
  • 2 0
 The second shock is still there, it just looks like a water bottle and allows you to put more water to adjust bottom out
  • 2 2
 How on earth is this news of any kind? One can barely see anything of meaning or importance from the photos. As stated earlier at least I don't have long to wait until first ride / review on Wednesday / Thursday.
  • 3 2
 Sorry pink bike, A little late on this one. I posted about this last night over on vital. got some better pictures too if u want them. Just hit me up.
  • 1 0
 Should have gone to mountain creek this weekend. Took my dogs for a trail ride instead. Is that the best pic you could get of the bike though? His leg is covering a lot.
  • 3 2
 The last Cannondale MTB I bought was a 1992 M700..... My wife has a really nice Cannondale Hybrid. And that's all i'd ever buy from them now.....
  • 3 0
 New Trigger.
  • 3 1
 I'm holding out for 4 shocks on my bike...
  • 4 1
 No lefty or headshock?
  • 2 0
 Somebody wore their news pants for the leak photo shoot
  • 6 5
 So, in true Cannondale fashion, it'll be a day late and a dollar short?
  • 6 1
 You mean $2500 more expensive.
  • 1 0
 The general shape of the frame looks very Evil-y to me.
  • 1 0
 I can see that
  • 1 0
 Why no adjustable stays still on enduro bikes?
  • 2 1
 If they can just keep thar one sided fork away....That'll be great!!
  • 2 1
 wait, what happened to superior lefty??
  • 2 1
 No lefty, no cannondale Wink
  • 2 0
 Horst link everywhere
  • 6 5
 Who cares about enduro
  • 13 0
 People who race enduro
  • 4 4
 Has Josh had any input on this ? Bet it'll rip if he has Smile
  • 2 2
 2 shocks and still room for a water bottle.... an education to many brands
  • 2 1
 Looks heavy.
  • 1 1
 Spotted: The Rat's new bike
  • 1 1
 Make Claymore great again...
  • 1 2
 This is all cool and everything but where's the Enduro lefty with 165mm travel???
  • 1 1
 Yummy a water bottle
  • 6 7
 Who cares company is soooo 10years Ago.
  • 2 2
 Totes over Cannondale!
  • 2 2
 Looks like a GsessionT.
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