The new Cannondale Adventure Neo could be one of the most well thought through, comprehensive urban e-bikes we’ve seen to date. With a claimed 85-mile range, suspension seatpost, step-thru frame design, integrated lights and a rear-facing radar, this commuter e-bike kinda has it all.
Cannondale Adventure Neo
A recent US Congress e-bike bill proposes a tax rebate for all e-bike purchases, making the decision to swap out your car for an e-bike more attractive than ever. The bill will allow riders to claim back 30% of a bike’s purchase price up to $1,500, applicable to purchases up to $8,000. The launch of the Cannondale Adventure Neo couldn’t have been timed better, seemingly.
Cannondale reckon this is the most comfortable bike you’ll ever ride. A bold claim. But, with its upright geometry, step-through frame, 63mm travel fork and suspension seat post, they may not be wrong.
The Cannondale Adventure Neo is available in sizes SM and LG, both running 27.5″ wheels. There are four builds available, three of which are EQ models, meaning “Equipped”. That means they have racks to carry your stuff, fenders to keep you clean, integrated lights to improve your visibility, and kickstands for easy parking. And that’s just the beginning…
The top-end Neo 1 EQ model also gets a rear-facing Garmin Radar. This alerts the rider to vehicles approaching from behind, so you can keep your eyes focused on the road ahead. The more expensive Neo 1 EQ and Neo 2 EQ models also get the Cane Creek Thudbuster G4 suspension seat post which uses elastomers to take the edge off bumps when riding rough terrain.
The mid-range Adventure Neo 2 EQ is the only model to get a suspension seat post which is also a dropper seat post. That means in addition to smoothing out the bumps, you can lower the seat to make getting on and off easier. How? With the simple push of a lever on the handlebar.
What about the electric bit? The top-end Cannondale Adventure Neo is driven by a Bosch Performance Line Cruise motor powered by a 625Wh PowerTube battery. That combination is said to give this urban e-bike a range of up to 85 miles.
The battery itself is downtube integrated and removable, though it can be charged while attached to the frame. The Adventure Neo has a 10-speed drivetrain from Shimano, along with Shimano brakes. The hubs are from Shimano too, laced up to Cannondale 2 double-wall rims.
Pricing & Availability
Pricing for the Cannondale Adventure Neo starts at $2,700 for the entry-level Neo 4. That gets you the Bosch Active Line motor with 400 Wh battery and a rigid fork. You should get up to 65-mile range on a single charge in eco-mode.
The Neo 3 EQ gets the same motor and battery combo but you get 63mm of lockable suspension from a SR Suntour Mobie fork. You also get a bunch of EQ trimmings including a rear rack, fenders and integrated lights. Pick up this one for $3,000.
Things start to get a little more exciting with the $3,400 Adventure Neo 2. This one gets the upgraded Bosch Active Line Plus drive unit with a slightly larger 500 Wh battery. Cannondale claims an 80-mile range on a single charge in eco-mode. In addition to 63mm of front suspension from the SR Suntour fork, you also get the suspension dropper seat post for a smoother ride.
The Cannondale Adventure Neo 1 EQ is the all-singing all-dancing e-bike, retailing at $4,350. That money gets you the top-end Bosch Performance drive unit powered by the largest battery in the range; 625 Wh. As such, it also has the longest range of 85 miles on a single charge in eco-mode.
For complete spec lists, head to the Cannondale website.