Spotted: A Better Look at Cannondale's New Long Travel Bike

Aug 24, 2020
by Dan Roberts  
Spotted Cannondale Jekyll

Back in November of last year, a new bike from Cannondale was spotted out in the wild. The already carbon-framed enduro looking bike took many cues from the twin shock design that Cannondale had been using on their race only downhill bike.

The frame, however, looked to only be using one of the two shock mount positions that the DH bike was using. The possibility to run two shocks gave Cannondale the opportunity to drive the spring and damper via different linkages and open up more tuning possibilities, which they further did with the addition of multiple links to swap out given a certain track style or rider preference.

Recently though, the grey framed enduro bike has been spotted again, and despite the raw machined aluminium linkages it hints that we're potentially getting closer to a new bike from Cannondale. Given the look of how much travel it could well be a new Jekyll.

The shock is still nestled in the down tube, with the big volume tube having to split to skirt around the shock, something that the DH bike also did. There's a fixed cover on the underside of the down tube to give some protection to the shock.

The bike is still a high pivot design, although it's also a four bar design. The idler pulley adjusts the chain line to accommodate for the more rearward axle path and to give the possibility to fine-tune the bike's anti-squat given the extra degree of freedom in the chain line.

The previous generation Jekyll was a whole different beast, with a single pivot suspension system and widely sprawling link and shock layout. The new bike condenses most of the heavy and moving parts down close to the bottom bracket and leaves room for a bottle higher up on the down tube, as opposed to the old bike's bottle mounted down by the bottom bracket on the seat tube.
Spotted - Cannondale Enduro Bike

The bike's layout and design heritage can be traced all the way back to a UK based brand, K9 Industries, and Luis Arraiz. He was ahead of the curve in respect to rearward axle paths and idlers and his work at GT and Cannondale have followed on from this with the GT Fury also employing a four-bar, high pivot design with an idler. The Cannondale DH bike prototype was likely a fantastic project for him to let his mind go wild, without many of the limitations of production, and many of their findings with that bike have likely been ploughed into this new bike.

Fingers crossed we will still have some racing going on this year as it will be interesting to see if the potentially new Jekyll will be under any racers come Switzerland and the opening round of the EWS in Zermatt. It has already been seen close to there, around the Italian Alps, in 50:01's Hold Tight edit.

Spotted - Cannondale Enduro Bike

We've reached out to Cannondale but with no word back yet. We'll keep everyone updated when more information or sightings of the bike emerge.


105 Comments

  • 82 2
 I feel like I'm being trolled with the grainy pictures and white socks with stripes.
  • 5 0
 . ......the 'spotted' articles are so clever......
  • 33 7
 Full review tomorrow.
  • 3 4
 @MindPatterns: just what I was thinking
  • 1 0
 2020 bike with 90's ride gear. Autostereogram. very clever indeed.
  • 42 2
 " Spotted" ? Looks like a light grey color to me .
  • 2 1
 The world needs more of this.
  • 36 1
 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT PINKBIKE - DON'T PANIC... there's a bottle cage. Everyone stand down the keyboards.
  • 2 1
 it looks like they bolted one on there just to show that they could. Might be a tight fit on the smaller sizes though.
  • 8 0
 Keyboards were briefly at Defcon 4. Thankyou PB for providing us with clear intel and avoiding a comment catastrophe. Humanity releases its' collectively held breath
  • 11 1
 Two different rims :/
  • 32 1
 And Rock Shox fender on a Fox 38... :S
  • 45 4
 Probably they were both Stan's originally, but the back wheel must have exploded when literally just riding along to the lift.
  • 9 0
 @Mesmomesmo: Maybe they offered it to Brycleand for an hour and the wheel noped out in terror?
  • 3 2
 @JamieMcL: Suspension Equality!
  • 33 1
 What's wrong with different rims front and rear? There are so many rims available out there, having the same front and rear is just mere coincidence.
  • 1 1
 @vinay: Comment Gold!
  • 36 0
 @vinay: i bet your stem and handlebars are different brands too you sicko
  • 2 0
 @vinay: cbros style...diff compliances
  • 1 1
 @vinay: perhaps the Stan’s is a bit lighter, and the softness gives a softer ride feel. Out back you want a bombproof rim at a price that doesn’t take the mick, which is where the Spank comes into play.
  • 4 0
 Anyone else bewildered to see eagle drivetrain on non-dropper / dh bikes?
  • 2 0
 @nhlevi: Eagle is not uncommon on XC bikes. Non-dropper seatposts aren't uncommon on XC bikes either. That said, Eagle does seem odd on a DH bike but, isn't this an enduro bike?
  • 6 0
 @jaame: dude this is over-analyzing at its best. It’s called parts bin bike to get laps on a prototype. Front boost wheels were laying around and they didn’t have a super boost rear and had to built one with whatever they could order up
  • 2 1
 Yeah that’s definitely cos the original back rim blew up. Spank rims stand up to just about anything. It’s what you use when you get tired of other stuff. Spank rims rule.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I mean, of course, not talking about pedally bikes tho. But a park bike with a post probably no longer than 20-30 cm? Nah. But then probably Sam didn't have any dh drivetrain lying around
  • 1 2
 @nhlevi: I don't know. I'm about 6ft tall. My bike has a 400mm seattube and even though my seatpost is 400mm, I pretty much always have it nearly slammed. My drivetrain has an 11-36t cassette with a 34t (oval) front ring. I can stomp up most climbs though in many cases that's a max effort. After a couple of goes like that I'm completely destroyed. Which is fine, it is not my goal to arrive home fresh and relaxed. This is all standing climbing obviously, no one delivers more force seated than standing. There are definitely steeper climbs out there which I just can't pedal up (with my current gearing and my strength to weight ratio). So lighter gearing could help me there. I'm currently just not willing to give up the small cage rear mech and I don't mind that climbs are all-out efforts. Seated climbing may be considered suffering as I see no fun in it (which may be different for others, of course), but standing up on a climb I may or may not nail is just a fun challenge. But yeah, if most/all of my local climbs would be not doable with 11-36 I would obviously resort to a bigger cassette. Something like 11-46 or so already sounds like a big step up but yeah, if your climbs are super steep then you may need Eagle and still give it yer all. Seated climbing in a low gear is more for longer climbs so that's where the adjustable saddle height comes in. But then again if the seated climb is super long too, you'd probably take a breath at the top and do high fives at the bottom. Adjusting saddle height with a qr there isn't that much of an interruption.
  • 9 4
 I hope Hambini will test that frame for tolerances ;>
  • 1 0
 Yes! Absolutely!
  • 4 0
 That’s a finished product? Carbon front triangle?
  • 3 0
 Definitely a carbon front triangle. They're probably all in at this point. Pretty dang hard to pull out of developing a product when you've dropped big cash on molds.
  • 1 0
 Exactly, if you look at the pics you can also see that the two frames have different sizes too
  • 4 0
 That last shot is blurry. Could have been sasquatch for all I know.
  • 5 1
 High pivot. So hot right now.
  • 4 2
 So GT and Cdale are both owned by Dorel(?), so I wonder how much they share engineering resources between the two brands. A while ago GT hired that suspension engineer guru that switched them off the idrive and onto their current horst link. Hes also the driver for the high pivot on the Fury. I bet he had some input in the high pivot on this cdale.
  • 5 0
 @hamncheez: Dan mentions that in the article. Smile
  • 17 3
 @brianpark: you want us to actually read the article?

Setting your expectations that high is only going to lead to disappointment. Just ask my asian dad.
  • 3 0
 Where are you guys seeing a high pivot in these pics? Looks like a Horst link with an idler to me.
  • 1 1
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: where the idler is, the pivot is also.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: it’s legitimately the same people. I’ve even heard that they’ve gone back and forth about if a bike was too good for one brand and it should have been the other’s. Good, better, best after all. Mongoose/Schwinn, GT, Cannondale.
  • 3 1
 This things been ridden at creek almsot every weekend since last summer. Seen it a boxxer and lyrik on it. You guys are really late to the party
  • 1 0
 Yea I even saw a model at Georgetown, Ca when I was shuttling guys. Bike looks solid in person and the suspension feels pretty good. Almost looks production ready.
  • 1 1
 "The bike's layout and design heritage can be traced all the way back to a UK based brand, K9 Industries, and Luis Arraiz. He was ahead of the curve in respect to rearward axle paths and idlers and his work at GT and Cannondale have followed on from this with the GT Fury also employing a four-bar, high pivot design with an idler."
I rode the K9 AM bike that never went into production and it was amazing.
  • 3 2
 Hmm... looks like that pulley is not at the actual pivot?

Hopefully the long-term review appearing tomorrow will have a few less grainy pictures ;-)
  • 3 0
 I'm just over here stoked to see more high pivot idler bikes coming out!
  • 2 0
 Those old K-9s were sweet. Not very pretty but a mate had one and it was rapid
  • 2 0
 I don't take any of these articles seriously unless I see the word "kinematics" in them
  • 5 5
 The Cannondale DH bike had 1 shock (spring and damper). It just was able to split the spring from the damper to run them at different rates.
  • 3 1
 I love that fox with rockshox mudguard Wink
  • 1 0
 Saw a couple, both on this bike in this color at Mountain Creek Bike Park yesterday, the 23rd.
  • 2 0
 looks like an E-MTB with the fat downtube Smile
  • 4 0
 You'll get all the hate in from random people about being on a ebike without actually being on an ebike.
  • 1 0
 @rustiegrizwold: marin wolf ridge is on line 2.
  • 1 0
 cool linkage design. i wonder if we'll be seeing more hidden shock designs...
  • 1 0
 Frame looks like a Process 153 CR/DL. Either way, Cannondale NEEDS this in their lineup.
  • 9 8
 Will this bike also run 2 shocks?
  • 4 3
 Down voted for asking lol. Obviously there's no visible mount, but the whole 2 shock dh bike seems in vain if there is 0 trickle down and the racers even opted out of using it. It looks like something that could open a ton of tuning potential and I'm still hoping they can put that innovation to use.
  • 2 0
 @me2menow: it's not in vain even if what they learned means it doesn't offer enough improvement to not plan it in. Sounded like a big part of its use was to separate the spring from the damper which would surely add complications and weight to a trail bike
  • 5 0
 @me2menow: probably yes! The front and the rear ones.
  • 1 0
 @danielshiels: Once the spring and damper units become dedicated units in the production version (instead of complete spring-damper units trimmed from either their spring or with the damper dialed all the way out) it surely could be a bit lighter. And with them being Cannondale, once they've decided what they want they're perfectly capable of (co)developing their own dedicated units. It may still not be necessarily lighter than a conventional system, but if it makes the system perform much better... It is only weight added low, near the bottom bracket. Other brands add lead there to make their bikes track better.
  • 3 0
 2 shocks 1 bike. It’s a new movie coming out.
  • 1 0
 @danielshiels: well it was carbon, so at the very least the sunk cost of a frame mold
  • 1 0
 @sunringlerider: underrated my friend
  • 3 1
 Thing is going to RIP.
  • 1 0
 looks like no option for coil? thats a tight fit!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a horst link or a split pivot
  • 1 0
 return of the cannondale claymore?
  • 1 0
 Cannondale is finally making a decent looking bike?!?! Woah!
  • 4 4
 Would look better in black and YT
  • 1 1
 Already seen, looks like the DH but with 1 shock
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Tues..
  • 5 6
 Knees pads are for pussies
  • 10 0
 Mmh no, a padded short would work much better than kneepads.
  • 3 4
 Noone cares................
  • 1 1
 YT Santacruz love child.
  • 1 4
 Is it me or that shock is gonna get sprayed?
  • 12 0
 Looks pretty protected to me.
  • 13 0
 It's you.
  • 3 0
 No shame in wearing diapers if that's what it takes to keep the bike clean.
  • 1 0
 @NotSorry: in the bottom blurry picture it looks like a big hole no?
  • 2 0
 @lord-01: Looks like a hole but covered with a substantial rock guard/fender. Probably not as good as totally closed but not like the back wheel slinging stuff on it like some other designs. I doubt it would get overly dirty in that scenario.
  • 1 0
 @NotSorry: My bad then! Gonna be a pain to dial that shock though lol
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