Electric Bike Action Bike Test: Cannondale Moterra NEO

THE BIKE

Right out of the box the Cannondale felt like a big bike. With its 29-inch wheels and 160mm of travel, there is a lot to manage. However, the frame layout for us was perfect and gave the rider enough of a low-down attack position and enough upright seated position for climbing that the balance is ideal for all-around riding. The head angle is ideal for steep descents and complements well to the use of the
Fox 36. 

There is also an SE version available, which increases front travel to 180mm of travel via a double-crown Boxxer fork. Happily, we felt the dimensions on offer with 160mm gave riders plenty of dynamic feel and security to play with. We never felt like we ran out of options or found ourselves about to pass a dynamic limit of control dictated by the bike’s geometry. 

THE PARTS

The Moterra came mounted with a specified Supernova light, which has a high/low setting switch on the right brake lever. At first we thought this was unnecessary and pointless, but after doing a few night rides and also being caught out at dusk on the trails, we slowly started to fall in love with the idea of having a light. It’s bright, giving a clear view of the trail at night and in half light and shadows. It runs off the on-board bike battery and also means you feel safer if you get caught out at night. At this point we started to wonder if it would be good for all bike companies to offer this option. The high/low power switch is pretty well-placed and a good option. If you don’t like the light, it can be unbolted easily.