For 2018, Cannondale has completely redesigned and redefined the Trigger and the Jekyll, giving them a way more aggressive geometry, a new suspension design, and an all-new dual-mode, dual travel shock through a collaboration with Fox Shox. The Trigger lives for big days in the big mountains, built for anyone ready to go all-out. The Jekyll has been re-engineered from top to bottom to be the best enduro race rig on the hill, kicking harder, cornering quicker and climbing easier than anything out there.
“Big ups & big downs. All mountain & all day. With a killer new dual-mode, dual-travel shock, and Ai- driven, all-mountain attack geometry, the all-new Trigger lives for big days in the big mountains, where sustained efforts lead to sublime rewards. Built for those ready to go all-out & all-in.” – Cannondale
Travel: 145mm rear / 150mm front
Mission: Big fun in big mountains
“The all-new Jekyll is ready to get after it. Ready to be piloted through the flow, the tech and the chunder. Ready to kick harder, corner quicker and climb easier than anything out there. Put simply, the new Jekyll is ready to race, and ready to win. Are you ready for it?” – Cannondale
Category: Enduro / Aggressive All-Mountain
Travel: 165mm rear / 170mm front
Mission: Full Metal Enduro / “Givn’er”
Ai (Asymmetric Integration)
Asymmetric Integration (Ai) offers short (420mm) and stiff chainstays without any catch. You also get better traction, a stronger wheel, and big tire mud clearance.
Gemini Shock System
Cannondale and Fox Shox have collaborated on the Gemini Shock System, which adds on a reduced-travel mode. While in motion, the rider can shorten the travel and increase the spring rate for a snappier, more responsive feel.
- Trigger offers 145mm travel in full mode (Flow), 115mm travel in short mode (Hustle).
- Jekyll offers 160mm travel in full mode (Flow), 130mm travel in short mode (Hustle).
- Normal shock set-up and operation – all Fox performance features and settings have been left untouched.
- Works by restricting air-spring volume, instead of increasing compression damping, so the shock stays fully active in short-travel mode for better suspension action and traction.
- All shock adjustment features work in both Hustle and Flow modes.
Gives you all the stability you’d expect for those all-day rides, but with exceptional agility and snap. This is thanks to the ultra-short chainstays (420mm) of the Ai rear end.
- Trigger’s 66° head tube angle
- Jekyll’s 65° head tube angle
- Long front-centre
- Designed for short stems and wide bars for max control
- Shortest chainstays out there (420mm) due to Ai offset drivetrain.
- Properly steep seat angle for efficient pedalling.
Other Fun Bits
- Carbon Shock link on all models!
- LockR pivot axles keep things solid and stiff.
- Boost Spacing on all forks (110x15mm thru).
- Boost Ai rear wheels – that’s right, 148×12 Boost hubs, dished to Ai.
- Clean, adaptable internal cable management on all bikes.
- BallisTec Carbon and SmartForm C1 Alloy Construction.
Bike Depot got a chance to preview these bikes in Ogden last year, and we were so blown away. Keeping quiet about them has definitely been hard. Keep your eyes peeled as we’ll have another post up soon with the geometry, full specifications and model info, as well as more information about a Demo Event.