Jerome Clementz's prototype Cannondale
made its first public appearance at last weekend's British Enduro Series race, and the green machine is back again, polished and ready for EWS Round 3 in Wicklow, Ireland. Cannondale are still remaining tight-lipped about the specifics of the new frame; “We're always trying new things” is the official line, but we were able to take a closer look at what could possibly be the 160mm Jekyll's replacement.
The bike's front triangle is constructed from carbon fiber, usually a sure sign that a bike is close to being ready for production, since carbon molds don't come cheap. Compared to the Jekyll, the ports for the internal cable routing are in a slightly higher location on the head tube, with a larger entry point that should make it easier to install or replace housing. The rear end is still aluminum, which could be how the bike remains when it's officially unveiled, but more than likely that's an indication that Cannondale are still experimenting with different pivot locations. Right now the bike is a link-driven single pivot, with the rearmost pivot located on the seatstays. Could we see Cannondale make the move to a Horst Link driven design? We'll just have to wait and see on that one.
Water bottle placement isn't always the top priority when it comes to full suspension frame designs, but it looks like Cannondale haven't forgotten about the hydration pack averse crowd; the shape of the linkage allows for a bottle cage to be mounted on the lower portion of the seat tube.
Jerome is a SRAM sponsored rider, and as would be expected his bike is fully kitted with all of the latest components. An Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, a Super Deluxe rear shock – when you're one of the fastest enduro racers in the world you're granted access to the newest goodies before the rest of the world. There's a RockShox Lyrik up front, Guide Ultimate brakes to slow things down, and Truvativ's new stem and handlebar with WTB's PadLoc grips.
Photos: Matt Wragg