For an updated list of the best enduro mountain bikes, check out Top 10 Enduro and All-Mountain Bikes of 2017, According to Singletracks Readers
Exactly how you refer to this category of bikes isn’t the point. Be it “long-travel trail bikes,” “enduro bikes,” or “all-mountain bikes,” essentially, it’s all the same thing. The rigs on this list are some of the most aggressive, yet also some of the most versatile, mountain bikes on the market today.
Today’s créme de la créme of the enduro bike market are capable of climbing for hours thanks to weights around (or below) 30 pounds, suspension that can be quickly locked out, and drivetrains with massive ranges. Yet when you turn them downhill, these long-travel, uber-plush rigs are more than capable of tackling even the gnarliest downhill runs, as the top enduro racers have proven.
Simply put, these are some of the best mountain bikes in existence.
$6,070-$7,990 for complete builds.
The Jekyll is the pride and joy of the Cannondale Overmountain Team, which has a truly world-class enduro race roster: Jerome Clementz, Jason Moeschler, Marco Osborne, and Mark Weir. Jerome Clementz has scored many race wins aboard the Jekyll.
The Jekyll has a carbon frame and offers up 160mm of front travel and 160mm of rear travel that can be switched down to 95mm for the climbs, thanks to a DYAD pull shock and handlebar-mounted lever. It also sports a 67-degree head tube angle, 440mm chainstays, and 27.5” wheels.
The top-tier Carbon 1 model is spec’ed with a Cannondale Lefty SuperMax Carbon 2.0 for front suspension duties. While a normal fork can be used on the Jekyll, the Lefty really sets the component spec and visual appeal of this bike apart from the crowd. Additionally, the Jekyll comes loaded with a Fox DYAD RT2 Dual Travel/Dual Geometry shock, a SRAM XX1 1×11 drivetrain, SRAM Guide RSC brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, and Mavic CrossMax SL wheels.
The Jekyll is also available in more affordable aluminum models.
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For more information on how the Lefty SuperMax and the Fox DYAD rear shock perform, check out my review of the Jekyll’s smaller brother, the Trigger.