Is Cannondale a Good E-Bike Brand to Buy?

by Dejan 

October 18, 2021

When buying an electric bike, you have to decide which brands speak to you the most. This will significantly narrow down your choices, helping you pick out a great bike in less time. We advise you to check out our best electric bike brands list to see which bike is up your alley, no pun intended.

Be careful, though - picking the wrong brand completely ruins your biking experience. Some brands focus on aesthetic bikes, while others manufacture great options for extreme biking. Choosing the best electric bike for your own needs is very important, yet tricky, since no two bikes are the same. Let’s discuss some choices offered by Cannondale, a famous e-bike manufacturer.  Also, check out the FAQ section for more information on the brand itself. 

Cannondale Electric Bikes - An Overview


  • Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W
  • Battery: 500 Watt Hours, Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Range: Up To 150km (93miles)
  • Bike Weight: 40 Lbs. 9.6 Oz.
  • Max Speed: 20 Mph
  • Tire Size: 2.6 Inches


Synapse NEO bike

The Cannondale Synapse NEO is a fantastic gravel bike which makes it perfect for bikepacking. It’s a bike with great stability and control, but it also provides comfort. This bike is also great for daily, urban use, and it makes a perfect gift for both teens and the elderly. It isn’t the most affordable model on the list, but we think its speed and stability give it an advantage.

Many bikers have tried electric biking, but some don’t feel like an e-bike provides the real bike experience, as mechanical bikes just “feel better”. However, the Synapse is quite famous for providing bikers with an authentic experience, mostly thanks to the fantastic Shimano Hydro Disc brakes and the great Micro-suspension by SAVE. Combined with the 32 mm tires, you’ll notice that going over bumps and lumps doesn’t make the bike bounce too much.

Although it looks like a regular gravel bike, since the battery sits in the frame and you can’t see it, it is definitely an electric model. The top tube slants towards the seat, but is removable, making the frame adjustable. The whole bike is a bit heavy, but pretty well-balanced due to the mid-hub motor with great positioning.

Speaking of the motor, this bike includes a great Bosch model that is both smaller and lighter than its predecessors. It ensures you reach up to 20 mph without making much noise. Make sure to check out the Purion controller at the center of the handle, and switch out the level of assistance you’re using. 

The Bosch 500 Wh battery provides about 28 miles in TOUR, SPORT or TURBO mode, but you can make use of the ECO mode and reach about 93 miles in a single charge. The Shimano brakes make it easy to cruise on wet roads, giving you the ultimate mechanical bike experience. The only thing missing are reflector strips, so make sure you get some headlights or rear lights before you bike in the night.

Read our full Synapse NEO Review. 

Synapse NEO e-bike

Cannondale Synapse NEO


  • Motor: Shimano STEPS DU-E7000 250W
  • Battery: 504Wh, Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Range: Up To 100km (60miles)
  • Bike Weight: Around 40lbs
  • Max Speed: 28 Miles Per Hour
  • Tire Size: 2.3 Inches





Moterra Neo Bike

Mountain biking lovers enjoy the Moterra line, as it presents some of the sturdiest bikes on the market. Off-road terrain can be especially difficult, which is why having a well-built bike plays a major role in the experience. This bike is equipped with a 504 Wh battery, as well as a Shimano STEPS motor. The SmartForm C2 Alloy frame is designed seamlessly, with the battery included in the down tube. It is the perfect sturdiness versus weight ratio with a low gravity center.

This bike can reach a speed of 28 miles per hour, which is fantastic for all adrenaline lovers. This particular bike is especially practical for short people, as the top tube is slanted, making it easy to climb up and down. However, there are some downsides to the bike as well, such as the absence of front and rear lights, a bell or a horn. Make sure to get those to ensure your safety at night. Another practical feature that deserves a mention is the great Bosch Kiox display that will help you navigate the speeds and the modes.

The Shimano motor delivers about 250 Watts, making those uphill movements as easy as they get, and you can switch between several assist modes. The 504 Wh waterproof, durable battery ensures about 60 miles of usage before the battery runs out. Although this provides you with long and uninterrupted biking, it also requires a longer charging time - between 6 to 7 hours. However, the battery is easily removable, which means you can keep a spare one.

This bike has 10 different gears, which is great for both uphill and downhill rides. The responsive hydraulic disc brakes by Shimano keep you safe and sound, while the WTB Breakout tires feel extra thick and provide fantastic traction. Unlike the previous line, this line includes reflective detailing and is perfect for night rides. To conclude, this bike is a durable option, and it’s a great catch if you are ready to tolerate the charging time. 

Read our full Moterra NEO Review.

Moterra Neo Bike

Cannondale Moterra NEO


  • Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W
  • Battery: 500 Watt Hours, Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Range: Up To 64km (40miles)
  • Bike Weight: 44 Lbs.
  • Max Speed: 28 Miles Per Hour
  • Tire Size: 2.35 Inches


The Cannondale Canvas Neo e-bike

The Canvas NEO is another great option for urban bikers, as it is completely tailored to fit any town’s busy rhythm. It’s equipped with a SmartForm C1 alloy frame, as well as a Bosch motor and a 500 Wh battery. To ensure your safety, this bike has the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, like many other models on the list.

This bike’s frame is quite special, as it’s perfectly equipped for daily use and it balances both the sporty and the casual aesthetic. Some of the parts we like are the perfectly sized saddle, the steep top tube, and the high-gloss finish with the matter black attachments. 

As we mentioned, this bike has been created to provide you with practical daily usage, which is why it has practical extra features such as two water bottle holders, front and rear lights for safety, a practical kickstand, and reflective accents on the tires.

Again, it's fitted with the powerful Bosch motor neatly placed on the forward portion of the bike, low enough to ensure balance. With this motor, you can climb city lanes easily, while all your important info appears on your Bosch Purion display which allows you to switch assistance modes. 

This bike’s battery offers a range of 40 miles, and you have to use the standard 4A charger to fully charge your battery in about 4 hours. However, the manufacturer produced the frame with the right intention in mind, as it has an extra slot for a spare battery parallel to the original one.

Although this is a city bike, you can reach up to 28 mph with it and switch between 10 different gears. The Shimano hydraulic brakes will protect you when it gets rainy outside, making this bike suitable for urban use. We believe that the features and the speed make the cost reasonable. 

Read our full Canvas NEO here.

Cannondale Canvas Neo

Cannondale Canvas NEO


Motor: Bosch Active Line Plus 250W
Battery:
500 Watt Hours, Lithium-Ion Battery
Range:
Up To 115km (72mi)
Bike Weight:
51 Lbs (23.1 Kg)
Max Speed:
28 Mph
Tire Size: 
2.25 Inches


Cannondale Tesoro Neo Bike

Many feel like the adventurous Tesoro isn’t made for them, but it’s actually a really great bike both for on-road and off-road usage. If you are a mountain climbing enthusiast, you might want to check out this model. This versatile bike combines a SmartForm C1 alloy frame, a Bosch 250W motor, and a compatible Bosch 500 Wh battery. Of course, let’s not exclude the phenomenal Shimano hydro disc brakes.

This bike’s frame is inspired by the geometry we usually see in mountain bikes, which means you’re getting both safe and speedy rides. The above-average weight of this bike is justified by the seamless, sturdy build and the adjustable stem. The bike’s rear is great for transporting things, but make sure to use the front triangle water bottle holders too. This bike has both front and rear fenders, as well as both front and rear lights and highly reflective accents on the frame and the fork.

The Bosch motor on this bike is a Gen 4 model providing an over-the-top experience you won’t forget. You can easily count on the Bosch Purion display when it comes to switching between riding modes and assistance modes. The bike’s battery is also a Bosch product, ensuring fantastic compatibility with the motor. With the battery’s full capacity, which you achieve with 4.5 hours of charging, you can ride for up to 70 miles. You can also use two batteries at the same time - isn’t this practical?

You can expect a speed of up to 28 miles per hour from this bike, which is certainly above-average for a city bike. The hydraulic brakes on this bike are practically weatherproof, but keep in mind that the 2.35” tires won’t fit into most Dutch bike racks. Overall, this bike might be a bit heavier than its competitors, and it’s a little bit expensive, but the versatility is practically unmatched and has great looks. 

Read our full Tesoro NEO Review here.

Cannondale Tesoro Neo Bike

Cannondale Tesoro NEO


Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W
Battery:
Bosch Power Tube 500Wh
Range:
Up To 100km (60miles)
Bike Weight:
49 Lbs. 3.2 Oz
Max Speed:
20 Miles Per Hour
Tire Size: 
2.6 Inches


Cannondale Habit Neo Bike

Our next model on the list is the Habit NEO, a great upgrade for those who loved the Cannondale Moterra line. These two bikes might look similar, but they’re packing different features - the Habit is great for forest roads and it’s much easier to use.

It’s equipped with a SmartForm C1 alloy frame, a Bosch 250 W motor, as well as a Bosch 500 Wh battery. These are compatible and made by the same manufacturer, making your bike riding experience that much better. Of course, the bike is equipped with our staple - the Shimano hydraulic brakes, providing safety in all weather conditions. 

The carbon fiber composite frame’s front triangle is inspired by the Moterra line but looks much less bulky and more elegant. This bike is very durable and has a much better suspension than its predecessor. The top tube slants forward and leaves enough room for water bottles, while the alloy skid plate under the frame protects the motor and the battery from any wear and tear. The frame is so sturdy that you get a lifetime warranty on it - isn’t that reassuring?

The bike’s Bosch Gen 4,  250 W motor is a mid-mounted one, ensuring your bike has great stability. There are four different assist modes you can control from your Bosch Kiox display on the handlebar, and they include several modes: ECO, TOUR, e-MTB, and TURBO. The 500 Wh battery provides a 55-mile range, and if you want to fully charge it, you will have to wait about 4.5 hours. However, this bike is a little bit on the heavier side, which needs to be noted in case you’re a lightweight biker.

The tires on this bike are quite wide and detailed, meaning they’re perfect for slippery surfaces in mountains and forests. Overall, if you want a great biking experience, but don’t plan on engaging in night drives, you should dig a bit deeper into your savings and get yourself a Habit.

Read our full Habit NEO Review here.

Cannondale Habit Neo 4

Cannondale Habit NEO


Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W
Battery:
MAHLE Ebikemotion X35 250Wh
Range:
Up To 47 Mi
Bike Weight:
25 Lbs (11.3 Kg) - Varies With Size
Max Speed:
20 Mph
Tire Size: 
2.5 Inches


Cannondale SuperSix Neo bike

The Cannondale Supersix is a great choice for those in need of a hybrid bike - one they can use both for improving their fitness or driving around the town, as well as light off-road biking. This model has a BallisTec carbon frame, as well as a MAHLE 250W motor accompanied by a MAHLE 250 Wh battery. Like many other Cannondale models, this one is equipped with Shimano brakes too.

The frame on this bike is a little bit different as the handlebar is placed slightly lower, but this gives you better control and allows taller riders to enjoy their rides. The frame is decorated with reflective decals that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Because of this, the bike works particularly well during night rides.

The MAHLE motor might be advertised as silent, but we wouldn’t say it is. It is a good motor, though, and it moves without any drag, especially when in sync with the 250 Wh battery. Speaking of the battery, a full charge lasts for around 38 miles, and this is a result of about 4 hours of charging. Perfect for those who are always on the run, right?

The brakes on this bike ensure a safe stop whenever needed, but the tires on this bike can be somewhat problematic for folks that want to travel uphill or downhill on very steep surfaces. You should get a mountain bike if that’s your goal since these Vittoria tires won’t do you too well.

This lightweight bike doesn’t come with many accessories, but you can add them yourself. We advise you to check out the Cannondale App, as it gives you lots of important insight into your everyday rides - your calories, speeds, as well as mileage. The problem with this bike is that it appears to be a “jack of all trades”, but the reliable frame, the fast-charging battery, as well as many gear-shifting modes still seem like a good option.

Read our full Supersix NEO Review here.

Cannondale SuperSix Neo

Cannondale Supersix NEO


Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W
Battery:
Bosch Power Tube 500Wh
Range:
Up To 77 Miles
Bike Weight:
39 Lbs (Size M)
Max Speed:
20 Mph
Tire Size: 
37mm


Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3

Adrenaline lovers will be particularly interested in the Topstone, a model that has been redesigned and remodeled in 2020, and it has become quite better. If you’ve checked it out before but didn’t like it, give it a second chance now. This bike is equipped with a BallisTec Carbon frame, and it has a Bosch 250 W motor, as well as a matching Bosch 500 Wh battery. The hydraulic disc brakes by Shimano ensure your safety and ease of braking, while the slightly bendy tires ensure a smooth ride on most terrain. 

The bike’s frame is made of carbon, which is a completely new technology that helps with control and sturdiness, but it also increases the bike’s weight slightly. The bike’s frame is quite heavy, and when combined with a low-placed motor, provides a very well-balanced experience. 

The Bosch motor helps you reach up to 28 mph, which is something most bikers enjoy when hurrying to work. Just keep in mind that the US has a 20 mph limit when it comes to electric bikes, so you might run into some legal issues. The battery on this model is quite strong, but the charging time is especially practical - you have to wait only about 3.5 hours for a full charge.

One more thing worth mentioning on this bike is the phenomenal Bosch Kiox display that we prefer over the Bosch Purion. It has better visibility, more info, and it’s very intuitive, making it perfect for both the kids and the elderly.

Read our full Topstone NEO Review here.

Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3

Cannondale Topstone NEO


Motor: MAHLE Ebike Motion X35 250W
Battery:
MAHLE Ebike Motion 250Wh
Range:
Up To 70 Miles
Bike Weight:
38 Lbs (Size M)
Max Speed:
20 Mph
Tire Size: 
650b X 47 Mm


Cannondale Treadwell Neo Electric Bike

If you’re looking for a regular cruiser with advanced features, the Treadwell might be the perfect choice for you. This bike is equipped with a Smart Form C3 alloy frame, a MAHLE 250 W motor, as well as the MAHLE 250 Wh battery. Here, for the first time, we encounter the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, so if you’re a Shimano user, keep this in mind.

This bike’s frame is very elegant and it has a high-gloss finish, as well as some wooden accessories. Although it might not be the most powerful model on the list, it’s definitely very visually attractive. The MAHLE motor on this bike is lightweight and provides enough power for daily cruising, but don’t expect any powerful uphill assistance.

The battery of this bike is located in the frame’s tube, meaning it cannot be damaged. We also have to mention the phenomenal Maxxis tires designed exclusively for this model, a result of collaboration between Maxxis and Cannondale. They provide a luxurious biking experience. 

When it comes to extra features, this bike is pretty well-equipped. You get fenders, lights for safe night usage, as well as a bike rack. This bike is a front carrier, which might be a little bit confusing for some, but don’t worry - the storage won’t obstruct your view. You can also pair the bike with your Cannondale app to track your fitness journey better. Overall, if you want a well-equipped bike for everyday usage, this is an option you can’t go wrong with. 

Read our full Treadwell NEO Review here.

Cannondale Treadwell Neo Electric Bike

Cannondale Treadwell NEO


Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W
Battery:
Bosch Power Tube 400Wh
Range:
Up To 115km (72mi)
Bike Weight:
33.9lbs (15.3 Kg)
Max Speed:
20 Mph
Tire Size: 
35 


Unbiased Cannondale Quick Neo Review

Our last choice on the list is the Quick line, which has been dominating the market of bikers who want both practicality and durability. This bike has a carbon fiber fork frame with a shiny carbon finish, and it’s one of the most beautiful works we have seen. The great Bosch 250 W motor powered by the Bosch 400 Wh battery provides a very flawless experience.

Although this bike doesn’t have mudguards or a pannier rack, it definitely has lots of versatility to it. The frame’s reflective details and the backlight ensure your safety at night, but you’ll have to get the headlight yourself. As mentioned, this bike’s engine is a powerful, lightweight Bosch model giving you lots of power over the level of assistance you’re getting. The bike’s battery range is around 55 miles, and you have to charge it for about 5 hours to get a full charge again. 

We absolutely love the Schwalbe Energizer plus tires on this model, as they have a proper thickness to them and they make riding on wet surfaces safe. All in all, this bike has some minor issues (little compatible off-brand accessories and a somewhat mediocre charging time) that we could easily forget about if it weren’t for the pretty high price tag. If you can afford this bike, we definitely suggest you buy it.

Read our full Quick NEO Review here.

Unbiased Cannondale Quick Neo Review

Cannondale Quick NEO


FAQ

Who is Cannondale?

Cannondale is a brand that has been around for about half a century, as it was founded in 1971 in Connecticut. It’s pretty well-known amongst bikers, and you have probably seen some of their bikes while doing your research. This bike company used to be a manufacturer of transport accessories for bikes, which helped them get to know the market and start their own journey as successful electric bike sellers.

Of course, there was a chance that their transition to a new niche won’t be successful, so they made sure to include some interesting innovations into their designs. One of the things they used to manufacture before turning to bikes were trailers, and this helped them find the sweet spot when it comes to material usage. Thanks to the innovative aluminum frame designs, they later produced bikes that are both affordable and strong.

After they established a reputation, Cannondale went on to create many different production lines and decided to dedicate lots of time making very niche electric bikes. You won’t see too many “one size fits all” bikes on their website since each of their lines serves a different purpose.

  • City bikers will love the Adventure line, as well as the Canvas line.

  • If you are into mountain biking, turn to Cujo, Habit, Moterra, Synapse, or Trail.

  • Commuting bikes are listed under the Mavaro and the Treadwell lines.

  • Hybrid bikes can be found in the category Quick and Tesoro.

  • Last, but not least, they have road bike models SuperSix EVO and Synapse.

Should I Get A Cannondale Bike?

So, should you get a Cannondale bike or should you skip this brand? Everyone wants to invest money in high-quality products, which is reasonable, and we’re happy to tell you that Cannondale is definitely a good investment. Even if you get an entry model, it will surely last you at least five years if you maintain it well.

You can really trust Cannondale when it comes to their bike quality, as they used to produce “hardcore” transportation trailers and bike accessories even before they produced bikes. This company believes in collaboration with trusty manufacturers with high-quality components, which is why you can see so many Bosch motors on their bikes.

Since Cannondale has so many product lines, we believe they’ve mastered their production and that they went through lots of trial and error to perfect each new mechanism they put out on the market. In many years of work, they’ve communicated with their customers via a support service, and this gives us some ease when it comes to problem-solving. 

Of course, no bike is perfect and, depending on your preferences, you might have to sacrifice the visual component or pay a little bit more to find what you’re looking for.

How Do I Get A Cannondale Bike?

Cannondale ships to all USA states, and you can always buy bikes through retailers and online shops. These shops deliver products to most countries in Europe as well, but we suggest you consult your local shops first. This gives you an advantage when it comes to repairs. 

As mentioned, Cannondale is a pretty established brand and they have an international network of collaborators. You can always reach out to them directly if you want to know where a certain electric bike model might be available in your area.

Do Professionals Recommend Cannondale Bikes?

Absolutely! Many of them started out with Cannondale bikes and then stayed loyal to the brand. Now that Cannondale works on many different bike models, there are no excuses as to why you can’t find a model perfect for you.  We especially love their urban and mountain bikes models. 

Cannondale has perfected bike safety, so if that’s a concern, rest assured that you’re getting a well-produced bike.

Conclusion

Cannondale bikes are very versatile, and there are many interesting models to choose from. These bikes are of a high quality and fitted with some of the best motors and batteries and will make a good investment. Our top pics in this brand are the Cannondale Moterra, the Cannondale Quick, as well as the Cannondale Supersix.

About the author

Dejan is a tech enthusiast and a big bike lover. Since college days when he was constantly on the move, everything was done with one thing in mind - get an e-bike. Now with the dream finally realized, he's reviewing e-bikes and providing advice to all fellow e-bikers out there.

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