Cascade Components Announces Jekyll MX Link

Apr 20, 2023 at 23:05
by Cascade Components  

Press Release: Cascade Components

In collaboration with Cannondale, Cascade Components is excited to announce the release of the Jekyll MX link for use with 27.5” rear wheels on 2021 to current frames! This linkage is designed to preserve near-stock geometry when swapping to a smaller 27.5” rear wheel. BB height and all the various angles are preserved. The only real difference is chainstay length and wheelbase are effectively 3mm shorter.

Jekyll MX link in the wild

There are some minor changes to kinematics that also occur when using this link, however, it is more intended to preserve geometry than create a different suspension feel. That said, the link does increase both travel and progression a slight amount. Kinematics are size dependent on this bike. Across the board progression increases by four percentage points meanwhile travel increases by about 9mm. Note progression with the 29” link is between 12% and 20% depending on size. This is a little more modest than other Cascade links because this is intended to deliver a similar feel to the stock 29” link. With the rolling properties of a 27.5” rear wheel, we and Cannondale believe these changes make it roll through rough terrain similarly.

Another change worth mentioning is the axle path. In moving the rear axle down to accommodate the smaller rear wheel, a more rearward axle path is created. It isn’t a massive change, but by end of travel, the rear axle has moved about 5mm more rearward than it does when using the 29” link.

Specs and Details:

• Maintains geo when installing a 27.5” rear wheel
• Progression increases by 4 percentage points.
• Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
• Made from 6061-T6 in the USA
• Colors: Black, silver
• Cost: $325 USD.


Engraving and tool paths are neat

For more information click HERE.

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  • 42 0
 Cascade - please make a link for my Orange Five, needs more progression.
  • 14 3
 best make a link to make it a four bar
  • 18 3
 @JohSch: Let's make everything the same, then we can finally complain again that everything is the same...
  • 16 2
 Cascade where’s the link that lets me manual for days? That’s the link I need. Call it the [Wyn]MasterLink
  • 1 0
 You just have to practice more
  • 11 0
 I love component pics in the moss.
  • 7 2
 Make Link defeat Ganondorf.
  • 5 0
 I second a link for the Trek Slash!
  • 1 0
 came here to say this
  • 5 1
 Makes me want a jekyll
  • 3 10
flag scrawnydog (Apr 21, 2023 at 12:29) (Below Threshold)
 Said no one ever.
  • 2 0
 Cool to see and will work for a lot of people. I would love to see a 29 link that adds some progression as well tho.
  • 2 26
flag tkrug (Apr 21, 2023 at 7:11) (Below Threshold)
 29ers we’re progressive years ago and now widely regarded as the preferred choice - so no need. Pushing the mixed wheel now, so links needed to make those progressive. They are catching on pretty well now so soon there won’t be a need anymore - then likely full circle to 26” links to make those the progressive choice.
  • 8 0
 @tkrug: Tell me you dont have a clue what your talking about without telling me you dont have a clue what your talking about... When people say progressive they are talking about how much the suspension ramps up through the travel. Not how popular your wheel size is
  • 7 1
 This link adds a pretty unnoticeable amount of progression (based on the graphs). You could definitely get a similar change with just shock tuning. Please do not pay hundreds of dollars just to increase your progression by about 4%.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: Some of their bikes it definitely more noticeable. 4% doesnt make sense. I have a stumpy evo and it defintely makes sense on that bike.
  • 2 0
 @MauiMax: Absolutely. I trust Cascade wouldn't make a link without a good purpose.
  • 3 1
 @ryanandrewrogers: it’s to run a 27.5” rear wheel.
  • 1 3
 @taquitos: This thread is about "a 29 link that adds some progression as well"
  • 2 2
 @ryanandrewrogers: who says a 29” link would only add 4%? I don’t think this link was designed to increase progression at all.
  • 1 4
 @MauiMax: so regression in the design isn't meant to make it less appealing to the masses? man. i need to rethink my entire understanding of bicycle suspension.
  • 1 0
 @tkrug: When you say regression in the design what exactly do you mean?
  • 1 0
 @tkrug: I think you might be very confused. Nobody is talking about progression/regression in the way of how bike design around wheel size has changed over the years. They are talking about how stiff the suspension gets as it goes through the travel. Linear would be the same stiffness at the beginning of the travel and at the end of the travel. Progressive makes it much stiffer at the end of the travel than at the beginning. So yes, you probably need to rethink your understanding of suspension.
  • 6 0
 @MauiMax: while I appreciate your insight and your well tempered communication - which is by all accounts an example more people should follow, I believe it is really my delivery of sarcasm that needs attention!
  • 1 0
 @tkrug: LOL. Plus since its pinkbike i should probably expect a little more sarcasm anyway. Speaking of regression in design though. I plan on making my 2023 stumpy evo full 27.5 just to try it. Since we are going back to smaller wheels.
  • 1 1
 @taquitos: Because Cascade tends to shoot for average progression values between 25-30%, this link suits that value perfectly. All of Cascade's links are designed to get as close to that average progression as possible.

If Cascade made a 29" link, which they wouldn't, I doubt they would stray far from 4% more progression. Bikes that are too progressive don't ride well. Also, the notion they didn't design this "to increase progression at all" is plain wrong. They are perfectly capable of designing these links to perform however they want, it is no accident this mullet link produces more progression.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: the stock bike is 12-20% depending on size. That’s nowhere near too progressive.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: “There are some minor changes to kinematics that also occur when using this link, however, it is more intended to preserve geometry than create a different suspension feel.”
  • 1 0
 @tkrug: Got em’!
  • 1 0
 I run their link on my 2019 Bronson, it's allowed me to run a coil. Great upgrade I'd recommend Cascade Components to anyone!
  • 3 0
 OK cool guy Canondale trying to up the street cred with the Cascade collab
  • 2 0
 Speaking of @PinkBike where is wheelie Wednesday?
  • 2 0
 Why won't they have one for the trek slash?
  • 1 0
 Doesn't the Slash have a high/low flip chip? Just mullet it and run it in the high position, I don't think Cascade will make a mullet link that only saves the BB height by an additional 2-3mm over flipping the chip.

The Jekyll has no geometry adjustment, Cascade tends to be in the business of filling useability gaps in bikes like that.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: Plus doesnt the slash already have a pretty progressive ramp up?
  • 2 0
 @MauiMax: The reviews say yes, but Trek is annoyingly tight-arsed about their specific numbers. They claim a 2% increase in progression over the previous Slash (Which Vital tested to be around 27%). If true, 29% is more than enough, and more progression than the Jekyll with or without this link.
  • 1 0
 Please make a Nukeproof Mega 290 mullet link so I can keep the long chainstay but enjoy a 275 rear wheel
  • 1 0
 @plustiresaintdead: bloody hell that would work if I had a DHX2! I didn't know such a product existed. I wonder if they will ever do one for the EXT Storia
  • 1 0
 I need the same link to mullet my Megatower v1 please! Dont understand why Cascade only made one for the old Hightower...
  • 1 0
 Cascade, Orbea rise link please, big demand for a 150mm travel keeping geo (paired with 160mm fork)......
  • 10 10
 Wait, canondale still makes bikes??????
  • 9 2
 Their marketing department just gave you 4 down votes.
  • 2 0
 @scrawnydog: the truth hurts!
  • 1 1
 2022+ GT Force next?

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