Bike check: Cannondale Jekyll of EWS-Champion Jerome Clementz
After only six out of seven races of the Enduro World Series, Jerome Clementz was crowned as the first EWS-champion. With the title already safe, his victory in Finale Ligure – the last race of the season, proved his domination of the enduro sport once more. High time to have a look at his race bike, a Cannondale Jekyll with – believe it or not – 26 inch wheels.
This season he demonstrated extreme successfully that – 650B-hype or not – you still can win races on 26 inch. His decision to run 26″ was determined by the bigger range of compatible components, especially tires. But 650B has slowly caught up and now has a lot to offer too, so Jerome will spend the off season experimenting with the bigger wheels. “It’s simple: I’ll ride on the wheels, that make me go fastest!” – true words, Mr. Clementz!
However one fails to find Cannondales Lefty-fork on Jeromes bike. Instead he’s riding with an RockShox Pike as an member of SRAMs Blackbox program. But aside from racing he’s often testing Lefty prototypes for Cannondale to support the development with his feedback.
“I ride with the air springs pretty stiff, with fast rebound to make my bike fly all the time. I try to dial front and rear so the bike reacts evenly and the same way.” says Jerome about his setup. More in our “Dialled-Rides” Series.
The dual-mode rear shock makes it possible for Jerome, to ride a rather smooth setup downhill without having a disadvantage on the uphills. He’s using a modified GripShift to control the travel of the rear shock from the handlebar – quick and fast!
While Jerome does not use a chainguide during his daily riding, he falls back on using one for rough races. Though he’s not worried about loosing the chain during normal racing, he prepares for the worst cases like crashing.
Usually Jerome runs a big 38 teeth chainring. However on some races he adapts the chainring size: for example at the Enduro World Series stop in Whistler earlier this year he rode with 34 teeth.
Make sure not to miss our interview with Jerome Clementz in our Dialled Rides series!
Words: Aaron Steinke | Photos: Christoph Bayer