Jerome Clementz really needs no introduction. He is the current leader of the Enduro World Series, with countless other titles under his belt from Megavalanche to Trans-Provence and just about every other Enduro race you can name. We went for a ride with Jerome while he was in Whistler for the 5th round of the EWS.
While Matt Dennison’s video – which we’re really looking forward to – is still on the horizon, we also got up close and personal with Jerome’s Cannondale Jekyll. We talked about how his setup changes from race to race and even from stage to stage. There are lots of sweet details; click in to the first photo and advance through.
The Jekyll is a 26″ wheeled, 150mm frame. While there has been much debate over hoop sizes this year, the trusty 26 obviously works well for Jerome.
It’s not too difficult to print up stickers with your name on them, but…
Jerome’s carbon BlackBox bar from Truvativ is a bit more special. 750mm wide, 20 rise, with a 7×5 bend.
And attached to that bar, custom engraved brake levers. It’s not over yet though.
XO Trail is Jerome’s choice for the Enduro circuit.
There’s nothing quite like a set of grips you’ve carved to perfection.
And controlled from that side of the bar, SRAM’s XX1 drivetrain. Jerome ran a 34 tooth ring for Stages 1-4 of the Whistler Enduro, and switched up for the big 38 tooth for Stage 5.
But there’s another shifter there… what gives?
Cannondale’s DYAD shock allows the rider to switch the Jekyll between 150mm and 90mm of travel from the bar. That cable between the two red rebound knobs is connected to the grip shift seen above. For an Enduro race bike, this on-the-fly adjustability seems quite appropriate.
Rebound is adjustable separately for the long travel and short travel modes.
The Jekyll’s linkage driven single pivot rear end.
Name dropping continues.
Jerome runs a 160mm RockShox PIKE. For Whister he ran one (of a possible three) volume spacer, while at the previous race in Colorado he went without spacers.
Colour matched to the frame. Looking good.
For the Enduro wheelset Mavic has developed specific front and rear tire/wheel combinations. Here we see the 2.4″ front tire on a 21c UST rim..
And out back, a 2.3″ tire on a 19c rim. 20 spokes on the rear wheel, and 24 on the front.
The world’s top Enduro racers need purpose-built bikes, and Jerome’s Jekyll is exactly that: everything in its place.
Jerome Clementz 2013 Cannondale Jekyll Enduro race rig.
The man and his steed.
Stay tuned for an upcoming piece with Jerome where we talk race strategy, line choice, the history and future of Enduro, and more…
Jerome’s bike is fully dialed. Perfectly chosen parts everywhere, many of which Jerome had a hand in developing. No wonder he’s at the top of the heap.