Mountain Bike Action Bike Test: Cannondale Moterra Neo 1 Trail Bike

CANNONDALE
MOTERRA NEO 1 TRAIL BIKE

By Alex Boyce

Cannondale for 2020 launched their new Moterra Neo e-bike based around the Bosch Generation 4 CX motor. We have had a carbon version of the Moterra Neo 1 for one of the longest test rides that we have done to date on any e-bike. 

There are so many new things going on with this bike that we have used it as a test mule for other accessory products, in addition to the actual bike as it comes out of the factory. Also, we have had the opportunity to test the new Bosch motor to the limit and have accumulated over 1000 kilometers of riding on board, which is about 30 test rides. This gives us an optimal opportunity to really understand the ride characteristics. 

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…

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