Hi Great photo. May I ask as to why your rear derailleur is so taut?? Is that correct> Holy smokes. Please lengthen your chain. Thanks,I have had this bike for a week and thought I'd share some thoughts. It's not a very popular model in the US, so Cannondale/Trek Superstore have it discounted in certain markets for about $3K ($4500 msrp), which is a screaming deal for a Class 3 Bosch with the Powerpack 500. I anticipate Cannondale trying to move this bike at a discount. So I hope you find this helpful.
The drive system is outstanding as you would expect. I was set on a Bosch Performance "Speed" pedelec, so I have a bias. But I found it to flow a bit better to my riding style than the Yamaha powered Giant Quick-e, which was on my shortlist.
The Cannondale website states its a 45 kph **250 W** motor. This is incorrect. The motor is the Bosch Performance Speed at 350 W. It's not a modified version. There is an identifying sticker on the top tube that states "350 W 28 mph". I am guessing the motor is under spec'd on their marketing materials so it can sell in the EU where the max power is 250 W. But it is definitely a 28 mph class 3.
Short mentions of things I like:
*The frame is very well made and sturdy. The battery and motor are integrated nicely into the frame
*The unique stem is awesome. Perfect for the implementation. The Intuva controller cradles nicely inside the stem. It's adjusted up and down by removing two bolts.
*The Headshock is fantastic. These suck for off road, but are very nicely tuned for urban/road. I weigh 220 and it supports me well.
*I actually love the 26" wheels. I was concerned bc 27.5 is the standard, but there are benefits - acceleration and stiffness to name a few. The Sun rims are wide and stiff. And the bike corners very well as a result.
*The lighting system is very good. The headlamp is 250 lumen, so you may need to supplement if you need to blast a dark path. But it's nice knowing there is always a light system on the bike.
*Brakes, 180 mm rotors and Deore hydros = the bikes stops no problem.
*10 speed Deore shift system is all you'll ever need.
*Big Ben Schwalbe tires - this was a must - I didnt want relatively narrow 700-38c wheels. I wanted large volume/chunky road tires and these are perfect. They dampen the road and are tough as nails.
Things I dont like:
*The rack system. Looks great, but close to no bags fit the 5/8 (16 mm) diameter rails. They have Ortlieb Q3 system mounts, but I already had bags so ended up making a rail system from parts at the hardware store for about $12-15 which mounts to the threaded Ortlieb mounts. It looks stock and is solid. Contact me if you need assistance.
*The frame lock. Both me and the shop couldn't get it out of the frame. The fender mount blocks it. I removed the lock and will use it on another bike.
*As much as I love the Bosch system, i think the plastic quality and build on the battery frame mount could be a bit more robust.
*No water bottle cage mount. I ordered a seat post cage mount, there's plenty of room on the large size frame.
*I strongly prefer Ergon style grips for commuter bikes, so I swapped those out. The grips that come with it are very nice mtb grips.
Besides a few nitpicks the bike is fantastic and beats anything I could find in the price range. I feel like I bought a Trek Supercommuter 8s+ for 57% of the price. Nothing much is missing.
The only other bikes that compared at $3k were the Giant Quick-e (Yamaha, too aggressive frame geometry for me) and the Raleigh Redux ie (Brose, didnt test ride). There's the Trek XM700+ on sale for $3200 but I didnt want skinny tires and the bike screams "first iteration" as it's just a cheap hybrid with a Bosch speed motor. I ridden bikes from Felt and Scott, and lusted over a few well out of my price range. But I couldnt a better ebike in the $3000 price point.
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