Each year MTB-Mag likes to focus on testing various bikes from various brands through the year, but often we like to have a test mule which we use as our baseline to test everything else against and also swap parts out and in the long run test the frame that this is all based on.
For 2015 Cannondale have sent us a large size carbon Jekyll. This is the exact frame model that Jerome Clementz developed with Cannondale in his first season of the Enduro world series. It has 27.5″ wheels and all the latest thinking from Cannondale incorporated into it’s design and engineering. As we took the frame only for the moment it allows us to build up a completely custom bike. Our aim by the end of the year is to arrive with the exact same set-up that Jerome rides with, testing various products along the way.
This is our first build up with Bagnoli Bike doing the technical build based on an Enduro style focus aimed at Enduro World Series trails as those found in Punta Ala, Tuscany, which will also serve as our test base for the bike. The trails are varied and allow us to ride from extreme Enduro (Rock -OH), to easy going trail (Cala Violina). It was also our location for our group test so we already have a good base line of how other bikes perform in similar conditions. Although we will have an extend time to test in this area.
Video: Bike Build
Bike Build Photo Story
Our first build as outlined below will not be our final build. We decided to build the frame up based on a solid robust Enduro build that is not high end but at the same time can be adapted to various set-ups. As the year progresses we will swap out components and look to build different styles of set-up onto the bike to see how it makes a difference to performance. The aim is to come up with an “ideal” build. We will also be trying our the Cannondale Lefty fork at some point.
Our test frame is the large size.
First Build Specifications
Fork: Fox 34, with special custom Fox preparation and shim stack.
Shock: Fox DAYD, standard build.
Wheel Build/Rims: CYP Sixsigma. A Custom wheel brand, (Test) wide rims.
Hubs: Hope EVO.
Tyres: Maxxis Minion 2.35″ tubeless front, Highroller 2.35″ tubeless rear.
Groupset: Based around SRAM X9, First set-up with an Absoulte black oval ring. Later testing will include 2 x 10 as well with X9 and x7.
Chain-set: SRAM X9
Brakes: Magura MT7, 4 Piston Hydraulic brakes. 203mm/180mm.
Bar/Stem: DMR Bikes Defy 35mm Stem and 800mm Bar.
Seat Post/Saddle: Fox Doss and Specialized Henge Ti Expert.
Gradually through the year we will be testing various components on this frame and also giving our opinion of the frame itself. We would be very interested to hear which components our readers would be interested we test and build onto the bike and we will endevour to organise that those components are tried. Please comment below with any set-up ideas.
Test Location: Punta Ala
Technical Build Support: Bagnoli Bike