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Cannondale Moterra Neo 1
Cannondale Moterra Neo 1 - Motor: Bosch Performance CX | Federweg v/h: 140/130 mm | Preis: 5.799 € (UVP)
Das neu gestaltete Unterrohr macht eine Vollintegration des Akkus möglich
Das neu gestaltete Unterrohr macht eine Vollintegration des Akkus möglich
Der Hebel der Teleskopstütze liegt gut in der Hand und lässt sich einfach bedienen ...
Der Hebel der Teleskopstütze liegt gut in der Hand und lässt sich einfach bedienen ...
... und der Sattel kann 150 mm abgesenkt werden
... und der Sattel kann 150 mm abgesenkt werden
Die RockShox Pike RC ist leicht abzustimmen und funktioniert auf dem Trail tadellos
Die RockShox Pike RC ist leicht abzustimmen und funktioniert auf dem Trail tadellos
Der verbaute RockShox Deluxe-Dämpfer verleiht dem Heck 130 mm Federweg und ...
Der verbaute RockShox Deluxe-Dämpfer verleiht dem Heck 130 mm Federweg und ...
... wird von einem Umlenkhebel aus Carbon angelenkt
... wird von einem Umlenkhebel aus Carbon angelenkt
12 Gänge, dank SRAM GX Eagle hat man eigentlich immer den richtigen Gang in der Kette
12 Gänge, dank SRAM GX Eagle hat man eigentlich immer den richtigen Gang in der Kette
Die Zugeingänge sind optisch schön integriert und sorgen ...
Die Zugeingänge sind optisch schön integriert und sorgen ...
... ebenso wie die Schweißnähte für ein aufgeräumtes Bild
... ebenso wie die Schweißnähte für ein aufgeräumtes Bild
Serienmässig mit einem Supernova-Frontscheinwerfer ausgestattet, erlaubt dieses ...
Serienmässig mit einem Supernova-Frontscheinwerfer ausgestattet, erlaubt dieses ...
... E-MTB auch Ausfahrten in der Dämmerung ohne das man einen Zusatzscheinwerfer dabei haben muss
... E-MTB auch Ausfahrten in der Dämmerung ohne das man einen Zusatzscheinwerfer dabei haben muss
Optisch eine echte Granate
Optisch eine echte Granate - das flammneue Cannondale Moterra überzeugt nicht nur auf dem Trail
Bosch Performance CX
Bosch Performance CX - der kraftvolle Motor war schon im Vorgänger-Modell verbaut
Wenn es steil wird, muss man sein Gewicht weit nach vorne verlagern
Wenn es steil wird, muss man sein Gewicht weit nach vorne verlagern - da das Vorderrad sonst schnell die Bodenhaftung verliert und in die Höhe steigt
Auch ruppige Passagen machen unserem Tester Spaß
Auch ruppige Passagen machen unserem Tester Spaß
Rum um den Baum, drüber über die Wurzel und wieder Vollgas ...
Rum um den Baum, drüber über die Wurzel und wieder Vollgas ...
... mit dem Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 gelingen uns Top-Zeiten
... mit dem Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 gelingen uns Top-Zeiten
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cannondale-moterra-action-9296
Den Blick weit vorne auf dem Trail, das E-Bike macht den Rest
Den Blick weit vorne auf dem Trail, das E-Bike macht den Rest
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cannondale-moterra-action-5938
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cannondale-moterra-action-6049
Dank agilem Handling sind wir immer verleitet, hier und da zu Spielen
Dank agilem Handling sind wir immer verleitet, hier und da zu Spielen
Die SRAM Guide RE ist eine starke Bremse, aber ...
Die SRAM Guide RE ist eine starke Bremse, aber ...
... mit einer 180 mm Scheibe am Heck mitunter überfordert
... mit einer 180 mm Scheibe am Heck mitunter überfordert
Wer ein verspieltes, optisch ansprechendes E-Trailbike sucht, dem empfehlen wir das Cannondale Moterra NEO 1
Wer ein verspieltes, optisch ansprechendes E-Trailbike sucht, dem empfehlen wir das Cannondale Moterra NEO 1

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We’ve been riding the brand-new Cannondale Moterra NEO 1. This E-bike has only been on the market for a few days, but we had the chance for an exclusive test of the 2019 Cannondale Moterra NEO 1. Is this pretty E-Trailbike even better than its predecessor? We find out.

Diashow: Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 review - What can the brand-new E-Trailbike do?
... und der Sattel kann 150 mm abgesenkt werden
Auch ruppige Passagen machen unserem Tester Spaß
Dank agilem Handling sind wir immer verleitet, hier und da zu Spielen
Optisch eine echte Granate
Den Blick weit vorne auf dem Trail, das E-Bike macht den Rest
Diashow starten »

On test: Cannondale Moterra NEO 1

“Wow, the new Moterra looks amazing!”

Mid-travel E-Trailbikes — in this case 140mm up front and 130mm at the back — with 27.5” wheels are very popular. The engineers at Cannondale have updated the Moterra, worked on its looks and furnished it with a fully integrated Bosch PowerTube battery. This is now enclosed in the down tube, making for a cleaner look that should find favour among more customers. The geometry remains the same though, so it should keep the same excellent handling as before. The Moterra was always a wild ride — it’s nice that that will still be the case here.

For our test we had the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1, with a Rockshox Pike RC fork and Deluxe RT shock. Up front you have 140mm travel and at the back 10mm less. That creates a balanced setup with a pleasantly tall front and enough support through rougher sections too. A SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain handles shifting duties, giving you 12 gears to choose from. The SRAM Guide RE brakes have a nicely defined braking point, but we question whether they’ll remain consistent and durable slowing down this 24kg E-MTB time after time. The wheels are a mix of WTB rims, Formula hubs — with Boost 110 spacing up front — and the somewhat esoteric 157mm downhill spacing at the back. Unfortunately, that could make changing or upgrading the wheelset a little tricky.

You can find the updates to Cannondale range for 2019 here. For more information visit: www.cannondale.com

This E-Bike costs €5.799 | Bikemarkt: Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 kaufen

Cannondale Moterra Neo 1
# Cannondale Moterra Neo 1 - Motor: Bosch Performance CX | Travel front/back: 140/130 mm | Price: €5.799

Geometry

Available sizes: S, M, L, XL

Measured standover: 735 mm (Size L)

Weight: 23,9 kg (Size L)

You can find the geometry below

 SMLXL
Sitzrohr (cm/inch) 40,0/15,7 44,0/17,3 48,0/18,9 52,0/20,5
Oberrohr (cm/inch) 57,3/22,5 60/23,6 62,9/24,8 65,8/26
Lenkwinkel 67,3° 67,8° 67,8° 67,8°
Sitzwinkel 75,3° 74,3° 74,3° 74,3°
Überstand (cm/inch) 74,3/29,3 75,4/29,7 75,8/29,8 76/29,9
Steuerrohr (cm/inch) 11,0/4,3 12,0/4,7 13,6/5,4 13,6/5,4
Radstand (cm/inch) 117,2/46,1 118,4/46,6 121,5/47,8 124,2/48,9
Kettenstrebe (cm/inch) 45,7/18,0 45,7/18,0 45,7/18,0 45,7/18,0
Stack (cm/inch) 59,6/23,4 60,7/23,9 62,2/24,5 62,2/24,5
Reach (cm/inch) 41,7/16,4 43/16,9 45,4/17,9 48,2/19

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Components

The redesigned down tube allows the battery to be integrated
# The redesigned down tube allows the battery to be integrated
The dropper post lever is ergonomic and easy to actuate...
# The dropper post lever is ergonomic and easy to actuate...
... and you're rewarded with 150mm of dropper travel
# ... and you're rewarded with 150mm of dropper travel
The RockShox Pike is easy to tune and works almost flawlessly
# The RockShox Pike is easy to tune and works almost flawlessly
The RockShox Deluxe shock provides 130mm travel at the back...
# The RockShox Deluxe shock provides 130mm travel at the back...
... and is driven by a carbon linkage
# ... and is driven by a carbon linkage
12 speed SRAM Eagle means you always have the gear that you need
# 12 speed SRAM Eagle means you always have the gear that you need
The internal cables are nicely integrated...
# The internal cables are nicely integrated...
... and along with the neat welds, create a very tidy look
# ... and along with the neat welds, create a very tidy look
This E-Bike comes with a Supernova headlight as standard...
# This E-Bike comes with a Supernova headlight as standard...
... and will let you ride into the night as well
# ... and will let you ride into the night as well
Looks great!
# Looks great! - the brand-new Cannondale Moterra looks good and rides well
Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 – Please expand for component details

FrameRahmenMoterra NEO, 130 mm, 27+, SmartForm C1 Alloy,
Si motor mount, carbon link, tapered headtube,
157 x 12 mm thru-axle, alloy skid plate
ForkGabelRockShox Pike RC, 140 mm DebonAir, 15 x 110,
tapered steerer, 46 mm offset
ShockDämpferRockShox Deluxe RT, 130 mm, DebonAir
ShifterSchalthebelSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
DerailleurSchaltwerkSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
CassetteKassetteSRAM PG-1230, NX Eagle, 11-50, 12-speed
CranksKurbelCannondale EC3 160 mm, w/ Ai offset ring, 15t
BrakesBremseSRAM Guide RE hydro disc, 200/180 mm
TiresReifenMaxxis Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.6", 3C Compound,
EXO puncture protection, tubeless ready
RimsFelgenWTB KOM TOUGH i29, tubeless ready
HubsNabenFormula DC-51131 15 x 110 front, DHG-157 12 x 157 rear
SeatSattelFabric Scoop Radius Elite
SeatpostSattelstützeCannondale DownLow Dropper Post, internal routing, 31,6, 100 mm (S), 125 mm (M), 150 mm (L-XL)
BarLenkerCannondale C3 Riser, 6061 Alloy, 15 mm rise, 8° sweep, 4° rise, 780 mm
StemVorbauCannondale C3, 3D Forged 6061 Alloy, 1-1/8", 31,8, 0°
MotorMotorBosch Performance CX
DisplayDisplayBosch Purion
BatteryAkkuBosch PowerTube 500
PowerLeistung250 W
WeightGewicht23,9 kg
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)5.799 €

Motor & Battery

Bosch Performance CX
# Bosch Performance CX - this powerful motor featured on the previous model too

Bosch Performance CX – a brilliant motor up to the 25km/h limit

The Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 uses the same Bosch Performance CX motor as its predecessor. There’s a new battery though, in the form of the Bosch PowerTube 500 that is integrated in the down tube. This Bosch motor is likely the most widely spread motor on E-Mountainbikes today. It has huge amounts of power on offer when you put it in Turbo mode and a maximum torque of 75Nm means it’s one of the strongest motors on the market. A unique feature is the tiny chainring, which turns 2.5-times as fast as you are pedalling. That means a 16-tooth chainring corresponds to approximately a 40-tooth in ‘pedalling terms’.

The motor has four assistance levels. Along with the standard ECO, Tour and Turbo mode, Bosch provides the brilliant eMTB setting. This progressive mode varies the power output based on how hard you are pedalling and how much effort you are putting in. The eMTB mode ranges from the 120% assistance of Tour mode, to the 300% assistance of Turbo mode. That large dynamic range makes it suitable for most everyday riding. The motor is also very good at detecting changes in rider input and adjusting the corresponding power output from the motor effectively. On steep uphills, you get the full brunt of the motor power when you pedal hard, and on flatter section the motor dials it down when you’re cruising along. Overall that provides a system that allows you to ride with grip, traction and the right support from the motor at all times — Bosch marketing speak calls it “Optimized Trail Control”.

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  • Motor: Bosch Performance CX
  • Battery: Bosch PowerTube 500 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 Watt
  • Torque: 75 Nm
  • Display: Bosch Purion

Real-world range

Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 range test
# Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 range test - 37,6 km | 823 metres vertical | 1 h 32 min

37,6 km / 823 metres vertical ascent

1 h 32 min

Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 37.6km and 823 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing, instead they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.

Here are the exact details of our test ride with the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1.

On the trail

Uphill

When it gets steep, you need to keep your weight forwards
# When it gets steep, you need to keep your weight forwards - otherwise the front wheel has a tendency to lift and you'll lose control

Fleetly upwards we go

The short chainstays of the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 result in very playful handling. You’ll immediately feel at home with the geometry and you’ll quickly tackle the steepest, most technical sections of trail you can find. The E-Bike puts you in a nice central position and it’s easy to shift your weight to lift the front wheel over small obstables. The 160mm cranks allow you to pedal in rocky and chopped up sections without any pedal strike. The easily modulated motor power — we tend to ride the Performance CX in eMTB mode — lets you accurately dose your power to get up anything.

We do have to mention one thing. Short chainstays are great, but they do mean that on the steepest slopes you have to bring your weight quite far forward. If you don’t, you’ll lose control of the front end.

Downhill

Rough sections are a lot of fun too
# Rough sections are a lot of fun too
Around the tree, over the roots, and back on the gas...
# Around the tree, over the roots, and back on the gas...
... the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 lets us ride very fast
# ... the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 lets us ride very fast
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140/130mm travel doesn’t sound like an awful lot for riding downhill, but this bike still lets you get loose. The RockShox Pike RC is easy to tune and makes full use of its supple and sensitive 140mm travel. The 780mm bars provide enough leverage to get you through tricky sections and always keep you in control of where this E-Mountainbike is pointing.  Short chainstays make it easy to change direction and lift the front wheel to get over obstacles. It’s an absolute joy to ride!

While the old Moterra was equipped with spongy 2.8″ plus tyres, the 2019 model comes with stable 2.6” Maxxis DHF tyres. That has made a huge difference to the performance, and the tyres hold their line brilliantly with lots of grip and security.

Trail

Look where you want to go, and this E-Bike will basically do the rest
# Look where you want to go, and this E-Bike will basically do the rest
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The agile handling leads to a very playful ride
# The agile handling leads to a very playful ride

Agile and playful — the Moterra is a lot of fun!

If you’ve ridden a Cannondale before, whether powered or not, you’ll know that the designers are completely focussed on creating something you’ll feel comfortable with. The new Moterra NEO 1 has incredibly agile handling making it a joy to race around the tightest corners. The plush suspension is supportive and the SRAM Eagle drivetrain makes sure you always have the right gear to keep you moving forwards. The own-brand dropper post has, for a size L and XL, more than 150mm travel which is actuated easily with the ergonomic bar mounted lever.

The complete setup is indifferent whether the trail is tight and winding or wide and fast — it’s always capable, competent and a blast to ride.

We noticed

The SRAM Guide RE brakes are powerful...
# The SRAM Guide RE brakes are powerful...
... but can't cope with just a 180mm rotor at the back
# ... but can't cope with just a 180mm rotor at the back
  • Small rotor at the back — for heavy braking, the rear brake has to work hard with the fitted 180mm rotor. The small rotor reduces the braking power and impacts on overall stopping power. We would like to see a 200mm rotor fitted.
  • SRAM Guide RE brakes — SRAM Guides are good brakes, and are based on the SRAM Code calliper, but on this heavy E-Bike we found they could get overpowered. If you’re often on steep terrain or long technical downhills, you might want to consider something a little more powerful. We’d suggest something SRAM Code or Magura MT7 stoppers.

eMTB-News Verdict: Cannondale Moterra NEO 1

If you're looking for a playful and pretty E-Trailbike, we can recommend you the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1
# If you're looking for a playful and pretty E-Trailbike, we can recommend you the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1

This E-Bike is a beast through the corners and the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 just wants to blast down the trail. It’s a hell of a lot of fun to ride and the capable geometry makes you feel completely at home. You get a decent spec for the money, but we would consider changing the brakes for something more powerful.

We should also mention the Supernova headlight that comes fitted as standard, which is handy and easy to use. Cannondale, you’ve done an excellent job here.

If you’re looking for a playful, attractive E-Trailbike, we can recommend the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1.

Pro
  • Manoeuvrable and agile
  • Timeless design
  • Brilliant handling
  • Comes with a Supernova headlight standard
Contra
  • 180 mm rotor at the back
  • 23,9 kg heavy

Moterra fans, what do you think of the newest incarnation of this stylish E-Mountainbike?


About the test

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On our test runs we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava account. Our loop has everything we need to test what our E-bikes are capable of:

  • Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
  • Flat trails with small climbing sections
  • Fast and flowing downhills
  • Long gravel trails up- and downhill

E-bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.

We tested the Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 here:

  • On the trails around Bamberg and Bad Kreuznach in Germany. The riding provides narrow, tight trails with technical rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills.

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Tester-Profil: Rico Haase
62 cm90 kg86 cm61 cm183 cm
E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, Hardtail, Downhiller, Rennrad – mir macht jedes Bike Spaß. Egal ob mit oder ohne Motor, außer ich muss damit unendlich bergauf fahren – da mag ich Motorunterstützung schon sehr. Flowige Trails, gern auch gebaut, liebe ich. Ach ja, eins noch, ich hasse Spitzkehren.
I ride everything: E-Enduro, E-Trailbikes, hardtails, downhill, road – I enjoy it all, whether it’s E-assisted or not. I’ll admit that I do quite like having a motor on the uphills though. There’s lots to love about flowing trails; natural or built. The only thing I hate – switchbacks.
Fahrstil / Riding style
Verspielt und flowig / Flowing and playful
Ich fahre hauptsächlich / I mainly ride
E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, aber auch XCO, DH und Road / E-Enduro, E-Trailbike but also XCO, DH and road
Vorlieben beim Fahrwerk / Preferred suspension setup
Straff und schnell – ich möchte wissen, was unter mir passiert / Firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
Vorlieben bei der Geometrie / Preferred geometry
Langer Reach, kurzer Vorbau, breiter Lenker / Long reach, short stem, wide bars

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Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 summary

Cannondale Moterra NEO 1 – Summary

range of use
XC: 2/10 – Trail: 10/10 – All-Mountain: 10/10 – Enduro: 9/10 – Downhill: 6/10
Motor + Battery
Bosch
Battery Capacity
500 Wh
Range km/mi
Distance
23.4 mi
Climbing
2,700 ft
Duration
1:32 h
Bike Weight
52.9 lb
System Weight
254 lb
Uphill
7/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
9/10
bad
excellent
Motor
9/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
8/10
too expensive
perfect
Sitting Position
5/10
upright
stretched
character
2/10
playful
stable
Explanation of “Range of Use”
XC:
0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
Trail:
100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
All-Mountain:
120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Enduro:
150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Downhill:
more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
Erklärung zum Systemgewicht
Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.

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    MO1

    Registered since 06/2018

    Sieht fast aus wie ein Specialized Levo.

    Gibt es einen Grund warum ihr hier nicht über die neuen Kellys Theos mit Shimano Steps 8000 berichtet?
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    systemgewicht

    Registered since 04/2015

    Ich habe den Artikel gelesen und muss sagen dass Canondale hier echt ein guter Wurf gelungen ist.
    Das Vorgängermodell fand ich zu klobig. Aber hier werden do Möglichkeiten die der Bosch PT bietet toll genutzt.
    Und fahren lässt sich das Teil ja scheinbar super.
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    systemgewicht

    Registered since 04/2015

    Insbesondere der Vergleich mit dem Shimano-basierten Schwestermodell Cujo ist interessant!

    Das DIng ist mal richtig klobig.

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