Cannondale announced a new option for their popular Treadwell hybrid line – the Treadwell Neo e-bike. Using a Mahle ebikemotion X35 250w rear hub and hidden downtube batteries, the system adds just 7.7 pounds to the complete bike weight. Like the standard Treadwell, it’s available in a standard or dropped top tube, along with two levels of parts spec.
Cannondale Treadwell Neo sport hybrid e-bike
The Treadwell line was introduced by Cannondale earlier this year, and now they’re adding a pedal-assist option powered by a 250 watt rear hub. The basic DNA of the Treadwell remains unchanged, using upright geometry, disc brakes, and 650x47c Maxxis DTR-1 tires.
A 250 Wh battery pack is hidden in the downtube, with a charge port in the frame. A top tube controller allows you to select mode, with three power settings. Cannondale doesn’t provide estimated range for the battery, but we’ll say it’s appropriate for shorter trips and errands, with some top-end e-bikes using 500 – 700 Wh capacity batteries.
The e-bike system adds 7.7 pounds to the complete bike weight, with non-powered Treadwells ranging between 25 and 29 pounds.
The Mahle drive unit is a discreet addition to the bike, which looks very close to the standard non-powered Treadwell. The Neo also uses similar parts spec, with Shimano Acera and Alivio 1x drivetrains.
Cannondale’s Intellimount stem allows you to mount up your smartphone to display the Cannondale app, keeping track of all your necessary data. This pairs wirelessly with their integrated front hub sensor to provide real-time data such as distance and speed.
The standard Treadwell Neo is more of a sporty-looking hybrid, while the EQ (for EQuipped) has commuter accessories installed from the factory – including full coverage fenders, lights, and a front rack.
Like its non-powered brethren, the Treadwell Neo has two gender-neutral frame styles: Standard and Remixte (dropped top tube).
Spec & Pricing
There are two spec levels available, the Treadwell Neo and Treadwell Neo EQ. Both are available in Standard and Remixte frame styles.
The standard Treadwell Neo ($2,300) uses a Shimano Altus 1×9 drivetrain, Tektro HD-R280 hydraulic disc brakes, and a Promax suspension seat post.
The Treadwell Neo EQ ($2,750) uses a Shimano Alivio / Acera 1×9 drivetrain, Tektro HD-R280 hydraulic disc brakes, and a Promax suspension seat post.
The Treadwell Neo will be available as a 2020 model, with exact dates TBD.