Cannondale Moterra 2 Review

Cannondale Moterra 2 Electric Bike Review
Cannondale Moterra 2
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch Performance Line Cx Motor
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch Cx Centerdrive Mid Motor
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch Intuvia Handlebar Display
Cannondale Moterra 2 Rockshox Yari Rc Air Suspension 130 Mm
Cannondale Moterra 2 Shimano Slx Shadow Plus 11 Speed
Cannondale Moterra 2 Shimano Slx Hydraulic Disc Brakes 180 Mm
Cannondale Moterra 2 Removable Powerpack 500 Battery Flap
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bike In Stand For Maintenance
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch 4 Amp Electric Bike Charger
Cannondale Moterra 2 Electric Bike Review
Cannondale Moterra 2
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch Performance Line Cx Motor
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch Cx Centerdrive Mid Motor
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch Intuvia Handlebar Display
Cannondale Moterra 2 Rockshox Yari Rc Air Suspension 130 Mm
Cannondale Moterra 2 Shimano Slx Shadow Plus 11 Speed
Cannondale Moterra 2 Shimano Slx Hydraulic Disc Brakes 180 Mm
Cannondale Moterra 2 Removable Powerpack 500 Battery Flap
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bike In Stand For Maintenance
Cannondale Moterra 2 Bosch 4 Amp Electric Bike Charger


  • A Bosch powered Trail style electric mountain bike with custom battery and motor integration, unique batt-strap protection system, high-torque CX motor with eMTB mode
  • Shimano SLX groupset includes a 1x11 drivetrain with Shadow Plus chain clutch, 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes with Ice-Tech heat sinks, and finger adjustable levers
  • Plus sized Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires provide float and comfort, Boost hubs and thru-axles increase stiffness, shorter chainstays make the bike nimble
  • The semi-integrated battery takes more effort and time to get off the bike than most other Bosch models but the downtube isn't excessively wide, linkage driven single pivot suspension isn't as good for limiting for bobbing and braking feedback

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Moterra 2



Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Trail, Mountain

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Year Comprehensive, 5 Year Frame and Fork


United States, Canada, Europe

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

52.4 lbs (23.76 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.7 lbs (2.58 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

SmartForm C1 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

15 in (38.1 cm)17 in (43.18 cm)19 in (48.26 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Large 19": 19" Seat Tube, 23.5" Reach, 28.5" Stand Over Height, 76.5" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Gloss Grey with Orange and Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

RockShox Yari RC Air, 130 mm Travel, Compression Adjust, Rebound Adjust, Boost 110 / 15 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

RockShox Monarch R DebonAir, 130 mm Travel, Rebound Adjust, 148 / 12 mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 Shimano SLX Shadow Plus Derailleur, Sunrace Cassette 11-42T

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX Triggers on Right


Cannondale, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 15T Chainring


Tange Seiki, Tapered, 1-1/8" to 1.5", Integrated


Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 1-1/8" Clamp Headset, 31.8 mm Bar Clamp, 5° Angle, 55 mm Length


Cannondale C2 Alloy, 9° Rise, 15 mm Rise, 780 mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano SLX Hydraulic Disc, Ice-Tec, with 180 mm Rotors, Shimano SLX Levers with Tool-Free Adjustable Reach


Cannondale, Flat Rubber, Locking


Fabric Scoop Elite

Seat Post:

KS LEV Integra Dropper (Travel: 100 mm Small, 125 mm Medium, 150 mm Large/XL)

Seat Post Length:

180 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm


WTB Scraper i45, 27.5, 45 mm Inner, 32 Hole, Tubeless Ready


Stainless Steel, 14G, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Nobby Nic, 27.5" x 2.8" (70-584)

Wheel Sizes:

27.5 in (69.85cm)

Tire Details:

Tubeless Easy Snakeskin, Evolution, 17 to 38 PSI, Trail Star 3

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Locking Removable Battery Pack with LED Charge Level Indicator, 1.2 lb 2 Amp Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

600 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

115 miles (185 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Intuvia, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Grayscale, Backlit LCD


Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (5 Bars), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Shift Recommendation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback on Left, 5 Volt 500 mA Micro USB Port on Display

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 210% 60 Nm, Turbo 300% 75 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Cannondale Moterra is a Trail style electric bike with 130 mm air suspension from RockShox. It’s a great platform for all around mountain riding and delivers improved float and traction thanks to a pair of plus sized 2.8″ tires. The plus standard ranges from 2.6 to 3.0 and is becoming more and more common on electric mountain bikes because efficiency and weight aren’t as much of a concern. Cannondale has gone all out with this frame design, keeping the chainstays wide but short for nimble handling, tilting and the motor up into bottom bracket area for maximum clearance and aesthetic appeal, and creating a bottom-mount downtube battery design that positions weight as low as possible. Ideally, you want as much weight as possible to be sprung and you want it low and center on the frame… and that’s exactly what you get here. The bike feels sturdy and tight with wider Boost hubs and thru-axles front and rear, however, the linkage driven single pivot rear suspension design doesn’t handle bobbing and braking feedback as well as the four-bar Horst Link seen on some other models. You can see this feedback in the later portions of the video review when I take off from standstill. I got to test ride the Moterra 2 during a press event in Sedona, Arizona. It’s well suited to trail riding and the color scheme, with matching wheelset stickers, frame paint, saddle, and suspension accents, matched the orange/red dirt perfectly. A handful of little highlights made this one of my favorite models at the show. It offers a seat post dropper, finger adjustable hydraulic disc brakes, a bottle cage mounting point on the downtube, and a relatively narrow tubing design despite the inset battery. My concerns about battery protection were alleviated somewhat by a Bosch representative who told me about the pro rider testing that Mark Weir and Marco Osborne have been putting the product through over the past couple of years.

Driving the Moterra is a 250 watt nominal, 600 watt peak rated Bosch Performance Line CX motor. This is the high torque 75 Nm motor that now offers eMTB mode for adjustment-free electric-assisted riding. It’s compact, extremely durable and reliable according to shops I visit who sell the product, and offers some of the fastest response of any ebike system I have tested. It’s perfect for off-road cycling though it does produce a bit more noise at high RPM than some competing hardware. I was actually very impressed with the low noise volume when I reviewed the video footage from my rides. The sound of the knobby tires on pavement and trails (especially rocky sections) was almost completely covered up. This motor drives a custom 15 tooth sprocket that spins at 2.5x the rate of your crank arms making it roughly equivalent to a 38 tooth traditional chainring. As with all other Bosch drive systems I have reviewed, this is a one-by drivetrain with a single chainring and 11-speed cassette. I don’t think it’s very easy to replace the custom chainring but the range of rear sprockets, 11-42 teeth, was more than enough to climb with and I had absolutely no problem reaching the 20 mph top assisted speed. You can definitely pedal and coast faster than 20 mph, this limitation keeps the Moderra Class 1 so that it can be enjoyed on more mountain bike trails legally. Class 2 ebikes have throttles and Class 3 ebikes have assist up to 28 mph.

Powering the motor and backlit display panel is one of the best e-bike batteries on the market today. It is compact, relatively lightweight due to energy dense Lithium-ion cells, and can be easily removed for on or off bike charging. The Bosch Powerpack 500 offers 25% higher capacity than the Powerpack 400 but only adds ~0.3 lbs of additional weight. It is backward compatible with the same battery mount interface, and has a neat plastic loop handle at the top (facing towards the bottom of the frame in this case) for safe, secure handling. Whereas most Bosch powered ebikes have the battery mounting onto the top of the downtube, Cannondale flipped the pack and created a cutaway recess in the bottom side of the downtube so the battery faces down and towards the bottom bracket. Clicking it on requires a bit more effort and flexibility because you almost have to kneel down next to the bike and then pull this long rubber strap (the batt-strap) to further protect the plastic surface of the battery. I was told that this rubber was designed to be extra thick so that it can absorb minor rock strikes as well as sand and sticks flying up from the front tire. I was also told that the strap is replaceable along with the chain keeper. The motor receives additional protection as well, a vented Aluminum skid plate surrounds its base but the sides were left mostly naked for improved aesthetic.

Powering the bike on is fairly simple once the battery pack has been charged and mounted. You can charge the Powerpack 500 without taking it off of the bike but the rubber plug cover can be difficult to reach and peel back because of the alloy downtube exterior. There’s a small gap between the frame and the battery which requires non-gloved fingers really get at. Interestingly, Cannondale created a small circular cutout for the battery capacity indicator button just below the battery charging port cutout but they did not add a cutout for the LED indicator itself… so you can click the button to get feedback from the battery about charge level, and it will light up, but you won’t be able to see it if the pack is mounted to the bike. I do appreciate the faster 4 Amp Bosch battery charger and the same plug interface on both the bike and battery so you don’t need additional adapters as with some Yamaha and Shimano drive systems. Once all of the battery stuff is taken care of, you just press the rectangular power key at the lower left edge of the Bosch Intuvia display and it powers up very quickly. Your current speed, a five-bar battery infographic, your assist level, and one of several trip stats will be shown. The trip stats can be cycled through by pressing the i button on the display or the remote button pad mounted near the left grip. My favorite readout is Range because it updates dynamically based on battery level, assist choice, and the last mile of ride data. average speed, clock, and odometer are also useful and you can clear your trip distance and change from miles to kilometers and back by holding reset and i on the display panel to enter into the settings menu on the display. This display panel is large and easy to see but could take additional damage if the bike is flipped or dropped. You can remove the display and I have heard of some mountain bikers doing this for risky descents where they don’t need electric assist power anyway, and just want to protect the sensitive bits of the bike. Being able to quick release both wheels, remove the display, and the battery makes the bike easy to service, lighter to transport, and faster to fix.

While most full suspension Bosch powered electric bikes today do not have room for bottle cages and do not blend in as much as they could, the Moterra really does. It’s a fantastic work of engineering that weighs the same as competing products and costs a bit more. Four frame sizes let you dial in fit and a generous two-year comprehensive drivetrain warranty, combined with a wide network of dealers, will help you keep the bike running for years to come. Replacement batteries are easier to find and while Bosch now offers a smaller Purion display panel option, I have found that the Intuvia (which is also replaceable an swappable for Purion) is easier to navigate and offers onboard charging via a five-volt Micro-USB port on the right edge. This electric bike delivers shift sensing, a tight chain grab with surround protection (and debris clearing), highly adjustable suspension, and a lower weight distribution with shorter rear-end for some of the best ride feel I have experienced on a Bosch bike. It’s a premium ebike to be sure, but the custom design warrants the increase in price. So many other custom electric bikes feel like a risk because their battery packs may be difficult or even impossible to come by at some point. That is not the case at all with the Moterra.


  • Unique battery placement, mounted up into the downtube instead of on top of it, keeps weight even lower than the traditional Bosch Powerpack designs
  • The battery pack can be charged on or off the bike and is fairly easy to take off, though the rubber strap does take a bit of extra time and may get your hands dirtier
  • The Bosch Performance Line CX motor offers great torque, now includes the eMTB mode (Sport becomes a full-range mode) and is beautifully integrated into the frame to optimize ground clearance
  • Amazingly, Cannondale was able to squeeze in bottle cage bosses above the motor near the bottom of the downtube, this allows for fluids, mini-pumps, folding locks, and more
  • Available in four frame sizes to fit a wide range of users, top-tube bend provides a slightly lower standover height
  • Cannondale is a leader in lightweight Aluminum frame design, the Moterra 2 weighs ~52 lbs despite offering full suspension, plus sized 2.8″ diameter tires (rims and tires come tubeless ready), and the larger Powerpack 500 watt-hour battery
  • Relatively short wheelbase offers nimble handling, notice how close the yolk keeps the rear wheel to the bottom bracket and how the steeper downtube brings the front wheel back
  • I love the KS LEV seat post dropper, it’s a great accessory to have on any mountain bike and this one comes in three sizes (to match the bike frame size) and is internally routed
  • Reliable RockShox air suspension hardware front and rear offering 130 mm travel with rebound, compression, and lockout options, the rear suspension only seemed to offer a rebound adjust clicker
  • Premium Shimano Slx hydraulic disc brakes with heat dissipating Ice-Tec rotors, 180 mm front and rear for smooth powerful braking on varied terrain, tool-free adjustable reach levers accommodate small and large hands
  • The one by eleven drivetrain uses Shimano SLX derailleur with Shadow Plus one-way clutch, when engaged, this clutch tightens the chain to reduce bouncing for off-road riding
  • The Bosch motor controller offers shift detection which allows for smoother gear changes and that means less chain, sprocket, and derailleur wear
  • Wide 45 mm rims support the plus sized tires, longer Boost hubs increase wheel stiffness through spoke bracing angle (lower angle increases side to side strength), both wheels have thru axles 15 mm and 12 mm with quick release
  • The motor and battery seem well protected from rock strikes, sand granules, and larger trail obstacles, there’s a vented alloy skid plate at the base of the bottom bracket and a thick rubber “batt strap” that covers the top of the battery
  • Impressive range/capacity to weight ratio from the Bosch Powerpack 500, you get 25% more juice with each charge than the older Powerpack 400 but weight only increased by ~0.3 lbs
  • A few of the higher end e-mountain bikes have moved towards this Powerpack battery integration (somehow inset into the downtube) but some of them bulge the tubing out so the frame gets a little wider, I like how Cannondale kept it relatively narrow here
  • Cannondale has thoroughly tested their Moterra platform with team riders Mark Weir and Marco Osborne to ensure toughness (this came up during the video review speaking with Josh Parris of Bosch
  • Bosch has partnered with Magura in the US and Live to Play in Canada for service support, I love that their battery interface is adjustable to reduce rattling over time if you experience that (or if it’s too tight at first)
  • It sounds like the batt-keeper rubber strap and plastic chain keeper are replaceable so you can keep things tight and secure over time if you ride a lot or are in harsh conditions
  • Good color matching throughout the frame, onto the suspension fork, wheelset stickers, and up to the saddle, they all incorporate the orange accents and blend well
  • The Bosch Performance Line CX motor measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque 1,000x per second which delivers fast starts and stops, perfect for mountain biking, and I love that the motor can reach 120 RPM for high-cadence riding
  • I like that Cannondale added a thick rubber slap guard and surround plastic guide to keep the chain on track and possibly clear debris before entering the chainring, the demo bike I saw for this review had marks on the top and bottom of the chainstay where the chain had bounced into it
  • The control pad is easy to reach and intuitive enough to click that you don’t even need to look down while riding as you switch assist levels, and eMTB mode makes it even easier so you don’t have to switch at all and the bike will just respond with a range of power output based primarily on pedal torque
  • Smart phones, GPS, lights, and other electronic accessories can be mounted to the handlebar and plugged into the Bosch Intuvia display panel because there’s a 5 Volt Micro-USB port built into the right side


  • Despite the more integrated battery design, thicker tubing and unique bends spoil a bit of the stealth look and may generate interest or unwanted attention on the trails
  • I struggled to find information and pricing on this e-bike in the US, perhaps it’s a limited run or still a bit new?
  • Linkage driven single pivot suspension design offers decent bump compliance and is less expensive to implement because it is not proprietary but isn’t as efficient for pedaling and produces some braking feedback
  • It’s great that you can charge the battery while mounted to the frame but I found the rubberized cover a bit tricky to reach and pull up, it’s inset behind the alloy tubing structure on the left side and just a bit tricky compared to external Bosch battery setups
  • I don’t quite understand why they put an additional cutout on the side of the downtube for the LED battery indicator button… but not a large enough cutout to see the LED’s. You can press it and then wonder what’s happening underneath, it doesn’t make sense to me and I’m not sure I even need to see the charge level when the battery is mounted to the frame because the Bosch Intuvia display comes on so fast, it’s easy to check there
  • The Bosch Performance Line motors produce a bit more noise than Yamaha and Brose, I think this is due to the higher RPM, you can hear a high pitched whirring noise when pedaling in high power modes at a high cadence


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2 hours ago

My name is Ronnie. I am a first time e-bike POTENTIAL buyer. I am recently disabled, spinal stenosis, weak legs, weak knees, nerve damage in both legs. I was forced to convert from a traditional touring bike (had a Cannondale Touring 2 bike and was injured on a training ride in preparation for a cross country bike tour). BUT I'm stubborn and found a way (I think) to make my dream come true. I have recently discovered the Pedego Stretch. Lots of space for my gear and a heavy load cap since I have gained lots of weight since my injury. It will also allow me to carry extra batteries to accomplish 80 to 100 miles per day and my 55 pound Triaxe foldable mobility scooter (of course the mobility scooter is for off-the-bike days). First of all... any ideas or input about a cross country e-bike tour? Second... Anyone want to join me for a summer 2019 departure? Thanks for your input! Ronnie, Corpus Christi, Tx.

Dan Dialogue
4 days ago

HI All,

Just roaming around the site and found this thread. I've posted in other threads but never really took the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Dan and I reside in a suburb of SLC, UT. I currently own two bikes. The first is a 2015 Cannondale Trigger 4. It's my "analog" bike and the one I ride in areas where I can't legally ride my eBike, like Ski resort riding, MTB only trails in Moab, forest and BLM land.

My regular ride is a 2016 Bulls EVO E-Stream FS3 and it has been fantastic. Especially since converting it to a 1X, installing a dropper post and increasing the rotors to 203mm. It has allowed me to ride longer, to keep riding with my 23-yr old son and to ride without knee pain.

I recently bought a couple of Bontrager ION 800 R LED lights and have been night riding. Terrifyingly awesome!

John from Connecticut
3 weeks ago

Dan Dialogue...Good points you've made. I think us e-bikers and bike shops find our selves in the old "Chicken or the egg " conundrum and also we look at the e-bike world from our side, the consumer ( as we should ). The latest e-bike sales figures I could find....In 2016 Germany 4,050,000 Bikes Great Britain 3,050,000 France 3,035,000 Italy 1,679,000 USA 152,000...Not a typo 152 thousand Units. As an e-Bike market the US is just a sales blip worldwide, but my LBS did say in the bike trade world the two area of growth are e-bikes and wait for it...BMX bikes, go figure, traditional road bikes are level.From what I can tell Pedigo has a pretty neat marketing plan. They require their dealers to have a dedicated store, shop or perhaps a separate section of the bike shop with no other competing bikes. Not sure about the last part. This exclusive marketing - selling approach could help the US market from the consumers perspective, it presents a more cohesive total approach to the e-bike world. As for your thought about the LBS not servicing bikes purchased elsewhere, I completely agree. In fairness to the LBS I don't think it would unreasonable to limit serious repairs to the Biggies, Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Specialized etc , etc I'm guessing the big guys will provide parts and info to support their products ? As for the no name Chinese makers I think LBS could approach that on a case by case basis....Just my thoughts. John from CT

Dan Dialogue
3 weeks ago

That's a good point but to be fair you were dealing with an American bike manufacturer(Trek) who's been manufacturing bikes for nearly 40-years with thousands of dealers worldwide. I am within a 20-minute drive of at least 5 or 6 Trek, Specialized and Cannondale dealers and all of them will perform warranty work on the brands they sell, regardless of where it was purchased. Competition is too fierce not to. There's only one Bulls dealer within 30-minutes of my house. Bulls and others, are just barely entering into the U.S. market and need to step up their customer service if they want to compete. I'm a technician for a local Motorola radio shop and I often perform warranty work on radios not bought at my shop. I can't even imagine turning away a potential future customer because they didn't buy the radio from us.

Seems simple to me. If you sell and service a brand, you should offer warranty repairs on that brand regardless of where it was purchased. If not, you risk losing future business. My LBS 10-minutes away won't be getting my business for this exact reason and I'm sure I'm not alone.

BTW, back in the day, my '11 Trek EX5 had a defective coil fork and Trek upgraded it to an air fork. Trek does have good customer service.

Dan Dialogue
3 weeks ago

@Blueflash Thanks! I'll definitely post a ride report. It's been cold and snowy here in Utah and I probably won't be riding it anytime soon. I did a 1x conversion on my Cannondale and use a 30t chainring. It's been pretty good with just leg power. I opted for 32t on the Bulls since it's got a motor and it's right in the middle of the two original rings.

Dan Dialogue
3 weeks ago

My 1x11 conversion started last Christmas when my family bought me a 125mm Brand X dropper post for my 2016 Bulls E-Stream EVO FS3 27.5. I’ve got a Fox Transfer post on my Cannondale Trigger and it’s awesome. A dropper post is one of those items that you truly appreciate and cannot live without once you’ve ridden with one. At least, that’s the case with me.

I was really excited about it until I realized that there’s no room on the bars for the lever. With the shift lever for the front derailleur and the Brose controller, real estate is at a premium. Since I wanted my Bulls setup to be similar to my Cannondale, I wanted to keep the dropper post lever in the same position on the bars. I’ve seen some of the other dropper post installs here on the forum and I preferred a different cable route and lever placement. Since my dropper post is internally routed, I needed space to run the cable to keep things tidy. That meant the front derailleur, cable and shift lever had to go.

After removing the shift lever, cable and derailleur, the post install went fairly smooth. It wasn’t until I removed the crank arm that the fun, err, confusion started. The right crank arm comes off with a regular crank arm puller. Underneath is a large nut holding the spider on the spindle and requires a special tool that I don’t own so I gently used a screwdriver and a dead-blow hammer to remove the nut. As it turns out, it wasn’t on very tight and took little effort to remove.

Here's the nut:

Once removed, the spider has a large octagonal pattern that matches that of the spindle. Maybe I’m naive, but I’ve never seen that before. I let my fingers do the Googling and went that produced no results, I turned to FSA.

I was able to make contact with FSA about a new chain ring and/or spider that would be a direct bolt on and they were very responsive. However, after showing them a picture of what I had, they said they hadn’t seen that type of mount and they didn’t offer anything that would fit, sigh. They recommended contacting Bulls. In hindsight, I probably should have done that first, but I figured the spindle would be the same as regular bikes and since the cranks are made by FSA…well, there you go.

I reached out to Court and he got me in touch with Barney at Bulls. Barney was very responsive and after learning about want I wanted to do, he did some research for me. As it turns out, the 2x spider used on my bike is the same spider that Bulls uses for their other bikes that run a 1x setup.

Problem solved. Barney even went so far as to reach out to Brose and verify that the chain line would still be okay.

I removed both chain rings and replaced just the big ring with a 1x specific chain ring (narrow/wide teeth and 104BCD) from Amazon and theoretically I shouldn’t need a chain guide. Time will tell and even though it was a bit of a headache, my 1x11 conversion is done and ready to ride. Best of all, it looks like it was designed that way.

The finished product(s):

Dropper lever right next to my shiny new controller

Dropper post and cable routing

And of course, the 1x11.

I big shoutout to Court, Barney w/ Bulls and Brian at FSA for your help!

Now if Mother Nature would only cooperate…

2 months ago

Cannondale Mavaro

Mark Peralta
2 months ago

I came across the internet about "ebike efficiency" from endless sphere
and I thought it is worth sharing. The beauty of ebikes is there is a second source of motive power and that is your pedal power. It talks about the very basic principle about ebike motors. Here , it relates to a hub motor but the principle is still the same for the mid drives. The road speed on the chart is just changed to cadence on mid drives.

First, the power (watts) that comes out from the battery does not completely translates to actual watts to the wheels. There is a certain speed at which the conversion to mechanical power (motor efficiency) is highest.

In this example, the motor efficiency is highest at speeds somewhere between 25-31 mph. The lower the speed, the less efficient is the motor. However, if we consider the power requirement at these speeds (as we will find out later), the actual window of efficiency is a very narrow 23-26 mph only since the motor is only strong enough up to 25-26 mph. The power curve slightly goes down to 600w at that speed while the power requirement quickly goes up to 600w at 25 mph and continue to go up above that speed.

Those watt meters on some ebike displays do not always represent the watts to the wheels but these are the wattage that came out from the battery. And if you are on the wrong speed, most of those watts are wasted as heat. Or if you are in the wrong cadence in the case of mid drives. Basing on the efficiency curve of the hub motor above, it appears that it is ideal for high speed commuting.

To minimize energy waste at lower speed, a controller is used to limit the max current.

In the old days, simple resistors were used to control the current but these are very inefficient and obsolete and are now replaced by pulse width modulation controllers (PWM) with the use of metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET). The electrical current is then controlled to different levels. Example of this simple controller with different current settings at different assist levels is from a chart from Bafang mid drive (cadence is used at the x axis instead of road speed). The orange curve represents 100% (current decay is another user adjustable parameter in the Bafang controller)

However, it is also important to know the power demand of an ebike at different speeds brought about by many factors and most especially the air resistance (aerodynamic drag), in order to further minimize power wastage when it is not needed and only apply power to when it is really needed.

You don't really need a lot of power at low speed but a simple controller's output is opposite (Cheap Chinese controllers). No wonder the cheap ebikes and ebike kits cannot reliably provide good battery mileage since you thought you are saving battery by going slower but you actually wasted a lot of power there. Most of the time, I notice that simple controllers feel "punchy" and tend to lurch ahead from a dead stop (great for showing off to friends) but once the ebike is already moving and you needed more assist, sometimes the power isn't there anymore, when you needed it the most.

Enter the Smart Controllers from the big players where more brain capacity is added to the controller's program in order to determine and match power requirement with the power output of the motor. And added measures are incorporated to cut the assist if the motor speed is at the inefficient range. This is made possible with the use of torque sensors and sophisticated program algorithms. An example of this is the "dynamic assist" from Juicedbikes.

As a general rule, the most sophisticated controllers take full advantage of the torque sensors and measure the rider's effort each millisecond (a thousandths of a second) and convert that into specific power to the motor based of the assist level. These are popularly called as "Proportional Assist" system.

It only goes to show that it's not only the motor efficiency that is important but how sophisticated the controllers are made. Not all controllers are created equal.

On mid drives, the gear reduction ratio is also set up so that the motor is most efficient at a cadence rate preferred by most cyclists (normal cadence range) .

This principle in actual application made it possible for a small motor (mid drive) to achieve a very very impressive efficiency of 100 miles in 1 charge of the 500wh battery or 5 wh/mile!

This highest mileage potential is demonstrated by the small mid drive, but at a slower average speed (~15mph). The mid drives also has an advantage for the ability to climb very steep hills, as long as the gear ratio in the drive train is appropriate, but at the expense of even much slower, snail paced, speed (sometimes it feels like being pulled up by a winch!).

However, hub drives are not far behind in efficiency. Especially with increasing sophistication of the controllers and more efficient motor designs like the Maxon.

Hub drives are also more appropriate for high speed commuting, such as riding regularly at higher average speeds (above 23 mph) since the bicycle drive train at that higher crank output will wear out prematurely in less than a couple thousand miles. Or for transporting heavy loads such as the delivery ebikes.

There is still a bright future for efficient hub drives since, aside from the above mentioned strengths, hub drives are also very user friendly, easy gear shifting, durability, and is superior on stop and go city streets.

3 months ago

Sounds like I am in the same boat as you. Living in Adirondacks and trying to figure out how to get up all the hills. I have a cannondale hard tail 29 that I will probably convert but still doing research. have you reached any conclusions?

3 months ago

New member from the mountains of upstate New York. I have a 5 year old Cannondale 29 hard tail that I am planning to convert. I live in a very hilly area. I ride mostly on the road with occassional limited off road. Typical ride without power is 10-15 miles but hoping to extend my range with some electric help. Looking for some suggestions about conversion kits.

3 months ago

So my LBS is offering me what seems to be a pretty good deal on two different Cannondale models,
Contro-e Speed and Kinneto. It looks like the Kinneto will be discontinued and Cannondale doesn't look to have a wide range of EBike offerings.
Do you think Cannondale ,a solid bike manufacturer will remain in the EBike market?

Mark Stonich
4 months ago

I just picked up a Wheel for my 70 y/o wife, and found this forum while it charges. We had test ridden the wheel in her own bike and decided that it's what she needs. She needs short cranks so the Demo bike at Perennial Cycle here in Mpls MN didn't work for her. Paid $1500 but only had to wait a week for it.

Small price to pay for not having to decide between getting a good workout or riding with my sweetie. We've been biking together for 50 years. But her knees are a bit wonky and she's on the heavy side. So her climbing has suffered. At my age 13-15mph is a workout, so Eco mode lets her keep up, except for larger hills.

First project will be to build a cradle to hold the Wheel vertical. Because it's easier to put the bike down onto the Wheel than the Wheel up into the bike. This is needed because she will use it in 2 bikes and I may borrow it occasionally. When her shoulder is acting up she needs to ride the'sBent/with-ducks.jpg, which is harder on her knees. Hopefully the Wheel will solve that issue.

With it's fat tubes and bright red paint, her Cannondale looks like it was made for the Copenhagen Wheel.

Nick Morris
3 months ago

Bucks....but it is cannondale!......nice workout bike...the cadence is for "fit"

4 months ago

5'11 - 32'' inside leg.. what size would you advise please ?

5 months ago

Years ago, Cannondale used to be the Apple / Bang & Olufssen of the bicycling industry - the kings of both design and invocation.
Now, their bicycles are among the ugliest out there, matching Haibikes in poor visual design.
Also, they replaced the Lefty with some beginner-level cheap Suntour / silver-stanchioned RockShox in their electric hardtails.
I'm sure, the bikes are fairly good, but need to be clad in a burka before they're taken out of a shed to spare the rider humiliation by anyone with a basic sense of good design.
One thing is clear: the designer's name is not Jonathan Ive or Filippo Perini.

This bike could very well be designed by the constriction workers in charge of Windows OS' GUI / UI / GX. Or rednecks in charge of US muscle car design.

Old School Rider
5 months ago

Sedona... a favorite time in space

8 months ago

heck yeah, just bought one of these today! should be in and ready to ride by next weekend. super excited!

Dmitri Nesteruk
8 months ago

Geometry looks a little overengineered. I'd love to see a Heisenberg Fully review, as that's the bike I think of when I imagine a perfect e-MTB.

5 months ago

Dmitri Nesteruk Mondraker has a couple of beautiful carbon electric rigs. I also like some of the Focus, Scott, Ghost and rather handsome Trek and Specialized models. But this one is butt-ugly, in My opinion.

sam cam
8 months ago

is there a reason there is no lefty fork on this bike, i have noticed Cannnondale are moving towards fox forks for some reason?

5 months ago

sam cam Yes. With a Lefty fork it world cost another €1.000 more.
The reason they replaced the Tramount with this year's crap.

Alfred lucky
8 months ago

nice e bike when that product it will be ready in Namibia?

Human After All
8 months ago

it looks like the giant e plus design

Rick Sanchez
8 months ago

Beautiful place to ride a bike.
8 months ago

Yeah, Sedona is amazing... completely unique landscape and the red dirt is cool :)

8 months ago

How much Wh batt ?
8 months ago

This ebike uses the ~500 watt hour battery, it offers 36 volts 13.4 amp hours, this and other details are always provided in my full reviews which are linked in the description: and you can compare bikes side to side :)

Vipes SRT
8 months ago

Another great vid 😃🚲
8 months ago

Thanks! This was a fun one... more on the way!

Robert Groves
8 months ago

Court you travel to some AWESOME places, I'm jealous.
8 months ago

Hey Robert! Yeah, I really feel lucky... Bosch invited me to this event and the scenery was beautiful! I really enjoyed meeting some of the reps and riding some non e-bikes as well. If you ever get a chance to check out Sedona, give it a go!! Thanks again for the kind words.

Christopher Railwah
8 months ago

This bike is crazy cool
8 months ago

I agree, they made some bold decisions but I think it turned out very well :D

Mark Elford
8 months ago

Very nice off road machine.

8 months ago

this is the first full suspension I'd consider instead of a haibike model. (the better Moterra with Fox shocks and dropper post seems only available in the UK for some reason). I don't love the pregnant belly look of the frame, but it's cool enough. Reminds me of the Spitzing design Court tested before:

8 months ago

That is an impressive design. No US market at this time, but you just introduced me to a bike I never heard of. Thx.

Dmitri Nesteruk
8 months ago

Well, I have some arbitrary dual-sus Crescent Elgar ebike. This one looks like a better mechanism, but if you want *even better* suspension frame, go for Heisenberg Fully 'cause that thing has fixed chain size and generally a better suspension mechanism... at a higher price, with Rohloff. (Eventually, you'll want to go for DualBattery anyway.)
8 months ago

Oh yeah! Good call.. you're totally right. The Cannondale is more refined, just a lot lighter and less expensive :)

D Danilo
8 months ago

Great review, Courrt. I can understand why you're being imitated by some e-bike promoters out there! Not to worry, you're the best by a considerable margin! Thanks!
8 months ago

Thanks! I do this because I like to connect with people, I believe in community, and physical health. Many of the other reviewers and shops are my friends, I'm thankful for the little niche I've got here and appreciate your support :)

8 months ago

what bike rack is that, i need one?

8 months ago

thxs your the best, keep up the great reviews.
8 months ago

I'm not sure on the exact stand but did find this 2.9" wide stand that might work and is similar in terms of design: there are some less expensive options on Amazon that might work as well like this: or this:

8 months ago

the one at the start and end the bike is sitting in. i have a plus sized bike and am in need of a bike rack to store it.
8 months ago

What rack are you talking about? The bike stand at the end or a car rack? Give me a time stamp and I'll try to help you out ;)

8 months ago

I think the battery compartment a little bit alarming... I notice also that frame aren't clean
8 months ago

These bikes were all dirty because press was riding them (and some pro riders), it was a fun event... but the bikes definitely got some use ;)

Michigan Mister
8 months ago

bikes like this are great indicators of where the designers are GOING. ohh, to be a younger man. double ohh ohh for that location.
8 months ago

Beautiful isn't it?! Sedona is a neat little community in Arizona, I had never been before but it's neat to share it a little with the reviews ;)