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While most traditional hybrids blend the durability and upright ride of mountain bikes with the smooth, narrower tires of a road bike, there tends to be a lot of compromise getting something in between. The result is often an overbuilt bike that can stand up to almost any riding abuse, but ends up being rather heavy and with a harsh ride.

The latest Cannondale Quick tries to solve all of those concerns in a light, fast moving bike that they think will help motivate those cyclists who just want to get out and improve their fitness. As more folks take up cycling to improve their health, or even just see a bike as a more rational way to get back and forth from the gym, a bike like the Quick offers a lot of promise. Jump past the break to get a look at the details, and some of the many build options Cannondale has at every price level, from really low-cost up to a Shimano 105 build with hydraulic disc brakes…

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The new Quick aims to be the lightest bike in its class. All of the bikes in the line-up use shaped and butted 6061 aluminum frames, with the top four versions getting an even lighter SL edition of the frame that sheds and extra 200g and includes a tapered steerer fork with carbon legged forks to keep them light and agile.

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The bikes use what Cannondale calls OutFront Steering Geometry, which they developed on the latest Scalpel platform. The slacker head angle and longer front end gives these bikes the same mix of stable, yet agile handling of their higher-end bikes. Add to that a comfortable, upright position and the Quick is both fast and easy to ride in town.

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To keep cyclists safe zipping around the city all models include subtle reflective graphic detailing all around the frame for visibility from all sides. All of the bikes get fast rolling 30-35mm tires with puncture protection, most of which also have reflective sidewall detailing.

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Besides just starting with a light frame, to boost comfort the Quick frames use Cannondale’s SAVE Micro-Suspension system, a series of designed-in flex points in the rear end to lessen impacts and deaden road vibration. On top of that, the bikes get ergonomic grips and a saddle with a deep channel to keep riders’ contact points comfy.

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Depending on which model you pick, there are hydraulic disc brake options at a few different price points for those looking for the best all-weather braking. All of the bikes also feature full rack and fender mounts, to keep them versatile for all seasons, as well as integrated kickstand mounts on the chainstay.

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The Quick will be available in eight models from a starting price of just $400 for the Shimano Acer 3×7 Quick 8 build with the base frame, all the way up to $1,200 for the top end Quick 1 Disc with a 105 double. In between there are mostly Shimano double and triple drivetrains, with the exception of the 1×11 SRAM Apex 1 on the Quick 2.

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There are also women’s models of each build, with slightly different (but not pink!) color schemes and one smaller size per bike. Only the lowest level Quick Women’s 8 gets a step through frame. All of the bikes will be available through Cannondale dealers by mid May.

Cannondale.com

27 COMMENTS

    • Agreed. They’ve had this Quick line for many years and this is nothing new. There have been carbon 105 models available since last year or earlier.
      It’s either a slow news day or this is sponsored content.

  1. After Cdale didn’t outlandish press release declaring XC dead while introducing what ever new bike they had. I lost respect for the know nothing marketing team they hired and company as a whole

    • Cannondale is one of the few companies still putting real money into advancing aluminum designs. You won’t find an aluminum bike with a better ride and honestly, they outride many carbon bikes

  2. It isn’t ironic from Cannondale to say Quick aims to be the lightest bike in its class but not giving his actual weight ?
    And claiming they gain 200g on the SL frame… but from what weight ???

  3. Take out the name Cannondale, insert Specialized, Trek, or many other brands all doing the same builds. Great bikes, all of them.

  4. Who makes a top end flat bar with proper climbing gears?

    Proper climbing gears meaning you can do an everesting and your legs are still pretty fresh the next day.

    Heaps of bikes get sold but not many really get ridden much as the gearing is too hard for the local bergs to be a daily gig.

    I can race Div 1 any week of the year but even I run a 34×32 easiest gear as a minimum.

  5. Hybrids aren’t “fast”…

    They usually put a rider in an upright non-aero position and come witht tyres 10-20W slower than racing clnchers…
    A typical hybrid user isn’t exactly too lightweight either so a few pounds more o less won’t make any meaningful difference in speed.

  6. Not understanding all the venom here. Lots of posts on new lines from companies on this site. These are not race bikes but they are great values and very nice riding machines. These are the bikes I tell my family to get when they say they don’t want racing bikes but they can’t lift their magnas into the back of the car.

  7. just more hype from a huge corporation that gives zero F’s about the IBD as they sell to their other brands to the mass

    • You better get over that. If you own an LBS then sorry, you’re going to need to adjust your business model significantly. If you work at an LBS then I recommend you align yourself with a shop that is evolving to meet the demands of riders in this internet age.

  8. These bikes are great bikes especially for weekend warrior moms trying to keep up with the family. A lot better quality than the moms bikes built just a few years ago!

  9. If this is targeted to beginner riders, and if indeed cannondale wants to be the progressive bike innovator, and weight is top priority, then get rid of the stupid triple chainring!!!! One wonders if they conduct any user testing at all, since I’m willing to bet that if you asked some random beginner cyclist if they’d miss the front triple they would hardly care. To them it’s just a big spiky, grimy, impossible to clean mess that’s constantly out of alignment. Put the money to a good 1×11, less maintenance, lower weight, and an end to cross chaining and derailment.

  10. I sold my Giant cypress SX 2005 bike, disc brakes 105 9 speed flat bar. Since then I have really missed having a sporty flat bar bike. So for a few years I have been looking at flat bar bikes. All of them missing the mark on what I want in a flat bar. Fuji absolute disc came close, yet after riding alloy synapse with SAVE, there is no comparison in comfort in Aluminum. For geo reasons I’ve tossed Badboy, and Quick Speed, the1-3 2017 Quick bikes are appealing.

  11. I just purchased the Quick 5 disc Women’s on Saturday. I went back and forth whether I wanted a more aggressive road bike with drops or a flat bar road bike that I could go off road just a bit if I wanted to. The most comfortable bike with drops that I test rode was a Felt VR60W (variable road bike). I love the quick, because it’s just that..(quick) but this is coming from someone who was riding a Giant Rove 2 and for even more fun rides a Townie 7D, so I suppose anything will be “quick” next to either of those. Husband didn’t think I was quite ready for drops so I chose the quick. Also with my husband and son’s advice on each bike the Cannondale was just overall a better choice. Both are into racing and know a lot about the overall components and geometry of the bikes. Components on the Felt for a $899 bike included Claris – and only had 8 speeds with a double compact. I’m going on 4 days owning the bike and have ridden the quick for one 15 mile ride and two 5 mile rides in the bitter cold temps. I do like it a lot and I especially like the stealth looking paint job black on matte black, but I guess time will tell if I should have just “went for it” and bought something a little more aggressive. I’m kinda that “weekend warrior mom” as someone above described. I wanna be cool and ride with some of the LBS fun rides on Sat/Sun mornings, but the furthest I’ve ridden is about 25 miles on a Giant Rove 2 hybrid bike that’s on the hefty side for it’s weight. I’d love to hear anyone’s perspective on my choice – I do have up to 7 days to “exchange” if I really wanted to shell out $899 for the Felt VR60W vs the $649 I paid for the Cannondale Quick 5 Women’s. Compare the two…give me your thoughts and advice 🙂

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