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).

Standard Geometry:

Remixte Geometry:

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.


  1. Kyle Jordan on

    This should be titled “Cannondale Treadwell adds a hub motor that will break spokes every time you hit a bump because J-Bend spokes weren’t mean to take those forces.”

    • JBikes on

      What? What forces? Unless you are running some monster motor, it’s no different than any other bike. This is a 250w non-throttle hub. Shouldn’t be an issue unless the wheel is built poorly

  2. Whisky River on

    Without a front shock it’s ludicris to even attempt to commute 40-50 riding miles a week. C-dale needs to get in touch with people that do make the ride a few times a week. e-bikes make it possible for commuters to load their e-bikes with chargers, laptops, gym bags even a change of clothes. That amount of weight (250lb+), a light frame and at speeds up to 50+ mph downhill makes mandatory bigger 203/180 discs and front shocks. All that while making the frames as strong as possible. I have a feeling most riders will trade more frequent charges for more off the line torque. e-bikes are fantastic! More power yes, carpal tunnel syndrone hell no!


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