If you have been riding for as long as we have then it’s highly likely that you’ll remember the original Identiti Dr Jekyll.
Back in 1998, this overbuilt dirt jumper was the stuff of dreams for many riders. It featured tough 24inch Halo wheels, a riser bar with welded on brace, a saddle that looks to measure about half the reach of the frame, and gussets that Gustave Eiffel would have been proud of.
While we might look back at those bikes from yesteryear with fond memories, it’s good to see times have changed, bike design has moved on and that the new Dr Jekyll is as modern as any current dirt jump bike can be.
The new bike builds on the lessons learned from all previous Identiti bikes including the original Dr Jekyll, P45, P60, P66 and even takes a little inspiration from Identiti’s Kriss SL 4x bike, to create a top-notch hardtail for hitting the jumps, park or street.
The 2019 Dr Jekyll is built from aluminium with a new Adjustable Drop Out System (ADS) that incorporates the disc brake mount and a chain tensioner so that it can be built with gears or as a single speed. For those who prefer gears, there is also the option to fit a chain guide to the ISCG 05 tabs too.
Other frame features include a threaded BB, chunky head tube, modern geometry designed around a 100mm travel fork, and room for larger 26in wheels with a max tyre clearance of 2.3in.
Identiti is offering the Dr Jekyll frame in either Satin Olive or Gloss Orange as a frame only for £499.99, or as a complete bike.
3 levels of bike build are offered starting at £1299.99 for the single speed Dr Jekyll R with RST Space forks moving to the RC build with RockShox Pike DJ forks Halo Chaos wheels priced at £1899.99. If you want the top end Dr Jekyll RCX with SRAM GX DH drivetrain and MRP chain guide, the price jumps (get it) to £2099.99,
More details of the new Identiti Dr Jekyll and the rest of the Identiti range available here.