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

 

that when you jump the bike, because it is so capable, the moment you hit the lip you are waiting for a big hit when actually what happens is a nice, gentle flight forward. This reaction keeps the bike low to the ground at all times, which, when riding fast, gives predictable handling. It’s not a sofa, though; although, we did not try the double-crown version, which we assume would give a sofa feel, as this version was optimal. While we generally don’t like bikes that have that sofa-like feeling to them, the Moterra keeps us interested and discovering more bike skills we didn’t realize we had.

Cornering at speed is predictable, and if you have the skills for two-wheel drifting, then you are going to love this bike. The Moterra comes with Magura’s newer MT7 220mm disc brakes, which feel like the most powerful brakes we have tried on an e-bike to date. This power suits the bike perfectly, but gives an unparalleled level of control in all conditions and zero brake fade on long descents. Stoppies became the norm, and nose-wheelie cornering on tight switchbacks is de rigueur. The availability of instantaneous amounts of stopping power is fundamental to a better ride experience. This should be a standard on all e-bikes going ahead that are destined for extreme use. 

THE VERDICT

When we started out with the Moterra, we were not convinced we would enjoy it, as it didn’t shout out its credentials to us straight away just by looking at it. However, after continued riding and really great experiences in some difficult trail conditions, we started to explore the limits, which we could
not find. 

In the end, we are totally in love with this bike. There are few bikes that leave us with that feeling and few bikes that we are genuinely sad to see go home. The Moterra 1 Neo is not cheap, but you get a lot of bike for your money and really good reliability. We only cleaned the bike and lubed the chain during our time on it. The Bosch Gen 4 is really good and smoother than previous versions, and the battery capacity is enough that you can go hard in turbo mode for 2–3 hours with no problems. 

If you are looking for a serious-quality e-bike with reliability and well-tuned geometry that lets you go fast with
good motor power, then this e-bike is for you.

 

 

SPECS

CANNONDALE MOTERRA NEO 1

Price: $9000

Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX, Gen 4

Battery:  Bosch 625 Wh PowerTube 

Charge time: 4–5 hours

Top Speed: 20 mph

Range: 25–40 miles

Drive: SRAM X01/GX Eagle 12-speed

Brakes: Magura MT7 220mm/200mm Floating Discs

Controls: Bosch Kiox

Fork: Fox Float Factory 36, 160mm

Rear shock: Fox Float Factory DPX2 EVOL 160mm

Frame: Carbon front triangle, alloy swingarm

Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF (front),  Maxxis Minion DHR (rear), 27.5×2.6”

Weight: 51 lb.

Color choice: Mantis green

Sizes: S, M, L, XL

 

www.cannondale.com


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