Cannondale Announces 2018 Enduro Team

Mar 2, 2018 at 11:25
by Cannondale Bikes  
Photo by Michele Mondini

PRESS RELEASE: Cannondale

We're kicking off the 2018 season with a new look and an eye towards all mountain adventures.

Matt Simmonds

Photo by Michele Mondini
Photo by Michele Mondini

New signing Matt Simmonds brings his intense downhill focus to a new discipline as he makes the transition to race Enduro in 2018. Riding for the Cannondale Enduro team, Matt will hit international Enduro hot-spots and EWS events from Europe to North America with stops at Sea Otter and a favorite of the riders, the grassroots TDS race in California.

Matt brings with him a core group of partners both on the bike and off with Shimano, PRO, Stans NoTubes, Schwalbe and Alpinestars clothing and protective gear.


Jerome Clementz
Jerome has been our leading EWS rider since 2013; he was the first EWS World Champion and one of the most successful riders in EWS and recently crowned with an EWS career award. In 2018, he will ride with more freedom to seek out new adventures and discover new lines bringing friends, old and new, along for the ride.

Tranz NZ Photo by Matt Wood

While not fully stepping away from racing, Jey will be more selective in events that he will tie on a race plate in 2018. He will also step into a new role mentoring the Enduro team riders on their racing to bring the Cannondale team in a new direction and make the next step in all things Enduro at EWS events.

Jerome will be throwing his leg over a full stable of Cannondales supported by SRAM, Alpinestars, and his other personal sponsors.


Marco Osborne

Marco started out as a hidden talent on the bike who was brought out of the woods in 2013 by Mark Weir, affectionately known as the Godfather of American Enduro. Now, in 2018, Marco becomes the young veteran on the Cannondale Enduro roster, and the most consistent American on the EWS circuit.

Photo by Sven Martin Finale 2017

Signing on full time with the Enduro squad in 2015, he’s steadily carved his own place in the Enduro scene. Ready for the next adventure, Marco looks to build on that success with Jerome’s mentorship and team mechanic Matteo’s attention to every detail. He’ll also lean on new teammate Matt Simmonds to share some secrets from DH.

Photo by Sven Martin Finale 2017

Marco carries with him his longtime supporters both on the bike and kicking around the pits with Shimano, Fox, WTB, Thule, Smith, and Alpinestars.


MENTIONS: @Cannondale




53 Comments

  • + 25
 I'm announcing a new Enduro team consisting entirely of pigeons. I already have doubts
  • + 6
 I think you'll be alright
  • + 21
 it'll fly, just wing it
  • + 14
 Both of my carbon fiber jekyll's were great riding bikes until they both cracked and failed in the exact same spot Cannondale left me hanging. I sure hope your upper seats stays are better on these bikes than they were on the ones I owned. Ballistic fubar. Thanks for not honoring your warranty Cannondale. I now ride a much nicer bike. A Kona Process.
  • - 1
 Not sure why your getting down votes but can of snails is not a very good brand
  • - 1
 @freeridejerk888: they hate us cuz they ain't us.
  • - 2
 Damn crack and fail got you twice?
  • + 3
 @properp: what was their justification for not honoring it? A friend of mine had an old, like 2013, alloy Jekyll that cracked and they sent a new carbon one to him.
  • + 5
 @Rubberelli: they offered me what they called the crashed Rider program where I could purchase their high-end bike for $4,500 last year's model. Even though there was never a crash it was just a fracture in the carbon they called it crash Rider. At that time that model was selling on eBay and other places for 3500. This was also the year when the Jackal II went from 26 to 27.5. They never gave me a reason why would they would not honor the warranty. Even the shop owner that tried to push them through for me was extremely disappointed in this. I had been riding Cannondale since the 80s. A lifetime customer with the first time ever warranty claim gets left hung out to dry. I now ride a Kona which is a lot better bike and it was a fraction of the cost. To Upper carbon seat stays fractured in the exact same place on two different year ballistic carbon Jekyll twos. Ballistic fubar. Throughout all of this ordeal I met a great fellow on pinkbike in Iowa who does carbon repair. He repaired both of my upper seat stays minus paintwork for $100 a piece and gave me a year warranty on them. So all in all at the end of the day the bike still ride but that's not the point. When I buy top shelf products I always expect top shelf customer service.
  • + 1
 Fool me once, shame on them, fool me twice, shame on you.
  • + 2
 I'd love to know how many frames the Cannondale team goes through in a year. I've owned a few Cannondales and have never personally cracked one, but just about everyone else I know who has owned one has.
  • + 2
 @Beez177: I give everyone a second chance
  • + 2
 @PAmtbiker: new Jekyll's are bomb proof
  • + 0
 Highly doubt it @DirtFaceTours:
  • + 1
 @freeridejerk888: I will let you know when park season hits
  • + 12
 Must be quite the tech. shitshow when eveyone rides different tires, suspension and components.
  • + 11
 Hell ya! Marco is a beast!
  • + 9
 WC DH is suffering some attrition as of late.
  • + 5
 Riders were always going to look to EWS once UCI reduced number of elite riders qualifying for the race. It must put a squeeze on teams?
  • + 5
 @Bigwig15: Yes but not at the level of someone like Simmonds.
  • + 5
 @stabber:

Maybe, a la Hill, he wanted to switch things up. New tracks, different riding...

Nothing stays the same forever
  • + 3
 @CaptainSnappy: a la, ratboy...
  • - 11
flag Flowcheckers (Mar 2, 2018 at 20:38) (Below Threshold)
 World Cup is still the big show. EWS is still a little like a combination of AAA minor leagues, and World Cup legends if you compare the talent.
  • + 1
 @Flowcheckers: I think most riders follow the money, and who can blame them?
  • - 1
 Because he couldn’t get a ride in DH
  • + 1
 Indeed. It’s a shame.
  • + 0
 @jaame: The big money is in world cup DH. I would be surprised if any enduro racers made half of what Gwin does. But after the top 10 or 20 I don't think it's big money and more equal with enduro.
  • + 3
 @Flowcheckers: I agree with you. The big money is in DH for the top few guys. Outside the top ten, they aren't getting paid. Moreso if they can't get a contract at all.
  • + 6
 Good work, nice to see Simmonds hooked up. At the UCi World Cups he was always one to watch out that start gate, mega fast!
  • + 3
 If I was a racer and could take my pick , I would go with the funnest option , EWS looks more fun , still demanding but more adventuresome
  • + 3
 "Most consistent American."

I guess they forgot about that two-time champion.
  • + 4
 Hell yeah Randy! World domination!
  • + 1
 2019. The Year of Randy.
  • + 1
 Great combination of talent and experience. Both Simmonds and Clementz will be competing for wins and Osborne not far behind hopefully.
  • + 3
 So that's what Simmonds is doing! Good luck mate
  • + 2
 The Arachnid is the baddest motherfucker around !!
  • + 2
 timed downhill runs , DH racer advantage will eventually start to show
  • + 1
 No lefty forks, hmmmm. . .
  • - 1
 So, do the team riders just get to go into Walmart and pick out their own personal Pacific? I sure hope they get the fork put on correctly...
  • + 1
 Where’s randy
  • - 1
 This is what I want to do. Race.
  • - 1
 Catch me if you can
  • - 3
 Yeah I really wonder what happened. Crack and fail get your stuff togeather
  • - 4
flag oldtech (Mar 4, 2018 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 CanOfSnail carbonfail
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