Bike Check: Jerome Clementz’s Cannondale Habit
Jerome Clementz is one of the fastest racers in the world. He won the inaugural Enduro World Series Championship back in 2013 and is sitting third overall in the overall series standings. For these grueling events, his race bike of choice is the 150mm travel Cannondale Jekyll. (Lately he’s been spotted aboard this Cannondale prototype, which we assume is the soon-to-be-released new Jekyll.)
When he’s not out racing, Clementz often rides smaller travel bikes for fun. When we caught up with him at a recent press launch, the Frenchman was on the Cannondale Habit, 1 27.5 bike with 120mm of travel that straddles the line between XC and trail.
Learn more about the Cannondale Habit in this Mtbr First Look.
While mere mortals may not have issues with our grips slipping, it can be a problem for world class pros. To eliminate that risk, Clementz runs WTB padlock grips.
Never heard of Padlock before? To run them, you have to lop off a section of your handlebar tips. The grips then lock into this space via a large wedge. It’s a simple idea that not only prevents slipping but is claimed to improve comfort.
Another thing to note about Clementz’s cockpit is the angle of his brakes. Like many of the world’s fastest, he runs his levers almost horizontal.
Best part of this build? The stem. While every other part on this bike is the best money can buy, this stem is ordinary. It retails for $60 and wouldn’t be out of place on a $3000 complete bike. Yet here it is on a $10,000-plus custom pro build.
Whether it stems or bikes, Clementz’s input is invaluable for his product partners. He’s constantly testing new gear, like this prototype Michelin front tire.
Despite the Habit being more on XC/trail bike, Clementz is running four piston disc brakes.
The WTB Hightail saddle has a massive cut-out towards the rear to prevent tire buzzing on long travel bikes. The rear cut-out also helps shave some grams.
How cool is this one piece carbon linkage? It’s found on the carbon version of the Habit and is claimed to save 100 grams over the forged and CNC version found on the alloy bikes.
You don’t often see Cannondale SI cranks outside of XC racing, but they’re among the lightest (and most expensive) cranks on the market.
Shimano may be the first name in pedals, but these HT T1 pedals are being ridden by two former EWS champions, Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves. (You can see Graves EWS Specialized Stumpjumper race bike here.)
The Habit has plenty of clearance for these 2.35” Michelin tires.
The Eagle has landed, but SRAM’s XX1 is still pretty damn sweet.
To finish this custom build, Clementz has mounted up SRAM 60 Roam carbon wheels.