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Cannondale’s Jekyll wins Bike Of The Year by Velo Vert Magazine
  Cannondale’s Jekyll wins Bike Of The Year by Velo Vert Magazine Cannondale’s Jekyll 4000 SL has been voted the 2001 “Bike Of The Year” by Velo Vert magazine, France’s leading mountain biking publication. The full-suspension, disc brake-equipped Jekyll is featured on the cover and in the pages of the magazine’s current issue.
The Jekyll was chosen from an initial field of 35 eligible bikes that was in turn narrowed to four finalists in a vote by the magazine’s readers. The ultimate winner was determined after three days of riding in Southern France by a jury consisting of six Velo Vert readers who had been selected in a lottery, seven Velo Vert editors and three guest cyclists that included former pro road racer Frederic Moncassin of the GAN team and Olympic gold medalist Edgard Grospiron. In rating seven performance characteristics (handling, comfort, stability, climbing efficiency, braking, aesthetics and overall performance) among the four finalists, the competition’s judges gave the Jekyll top marks in six of the seven categories, and second-place in the seventh category.

To determine the final winner, the magazine then combined the performance ratings with the results of a mathematical formula based on component spec and price. As indicated by its dominance of the performance ratings, the American-made Jekyll had the most advanced technology, and it therefore carried a correspondingly higher price. And although points were deducted from the Jekyll’s final tally due to its higher price, the bike’s dramatically superior performance more than made up for the price-related penalty.

Velo Vert’s publisher Didier Coste was rather surprised to see a bike priced at $5,500 (U.S. dollars) win the competition, but after pondering the outcome he concluded that “Pure pleasure is priceless. And speaking of pleasure the Jekyll is a true joy... The word ‘ludic’ adapted to mountain biking – such a success that it relegates price considerations to the background. Would you blame a Porsche for costing as much as 12 Renaults?”

This is the second straight year that the Jekyll has won Bike of the Year honors from a major cycling publication. Last year the Jekyll was also named Bike of the Year by the U.S. magazine Mountain Biking.

The Jekyll’s frame is TIG-welded from 6061-T6 aluminum, and has a unique adjustable geometry. By threading the Jekyll’s rear shock fore or aft within its mounting collar, riders can quickly change the bike’s head angle and bottom bracket height. Positioning the shock absorber farther forward lowers the bottom bracket and lessens the head angle for high-speed descending. Threading the shock farther back raises the bottom bracket and steepens the head angle for quicker handling and more cross-country-oriented riding.

The Jekyll 4000 SL also features the innovative HeadShok Lefty Carbon ELO fork, which has a single, lightweight, telescoping carbon fiber leg. The Lefty Carbon ELO has 85 mm of travel, which can be quickly deactivated for sprints and climbs with a unique handlebar-mounted ELO (Electronic Lock-Out) switch for bob-free sprints and climbs.

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