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We had a Cannondale Moterra SE in for testing: This E-Trailbike justifies its looks with equally sizzling performance on the trail. The paint job is subtly elegant and gives this bikes that extra wow-factor. How does the “little” Moterra with 140/130mm travel perform on the trails? We’ve tested it for you.
- Cannondale Moterra SE – In Brief
- Cannondale Moterra SE – Product Profile
- Motor & Battery
- Cannondale Moterra SE – Hands On
- Cannondale Moterra SE – On The Trail
- Conclusion – Cannondale Moterra SE @eMTB-News.de
- About the test
- More Information – Cannondale Moterra SE
Cannondale Moterra SE – In Brief
A feast for the eyes!
We tested the Cannondale Moterra LT1 a while ago. This is a much louder incarnation with more travel. The Moterra SE is a little more understated and has 140 mm travel up front and 130 mm out back. This model is aimed more at the E-Trailriders than the E-Enduro crowd.
The finishing is what we’ve come to expect from Cannondale. In the right light the pearlescent finish shines, and pairs wonderfully with the tan-wall tires. This E-Bike looks like it’s raring to go without being too in your face – it’s noticeable more because of its refined rather than its shout-out loud looks. We think it’s downright charming and seeing it just makes us want to take it out for a spin.
Price: 5.699 € | Bikemarkt: Cannondale Moterra SE kaufen
Cannondale Moterra SE – Product Profile
Measured Standover Height: 725 mm
|Sitzrohr||400 mm||440 mm||480 mm||520 mm|
|Oberrohr||574 mm||601 mm||631 mm||658 mm|
|Kettenstrebe||457 mm||457 mm||457 mm||457 mm|
|Tretlager höhe||34,7 mm||34,7 mm||34,7 mm||34,7 mm|
|Radstand||1.172 mm||1.183 mm||1.214 mm||1.241 mm|
|Reach||414 mm||425 mm||452 mm||479 mm|
|Frame||Rahmen||Moterra, 130mm, 27+, SmartForm C1 Alloy, Torsion Box downtube, Si motor mount, carbon link|
|Fork||Gabel||Fox Performance 34 FLOAT FIT4, 140 mm, E-Bike Optimized, 3Pos-adj, 15QR x 110 mm, tapered steerer|
|Shock||Dämpfer||Fox Performance Float EVOL 130 mm|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||SRAM EX1, 8-speed|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||SRAM EX1, 8-speed|
|Cassette||Kassette||SRAM XG 899, 11-48T|
|Cranks||Kurbel||Cannondale EC3, w/ Ai offset ring, 15t|
|Brakes||Bremse||SRAM GUIDE RE hydro disc, 200/180mm|
|Tires||Reifen||ONZA CANIS Kevlar/Foldable, FRC, TLR, Skinwall 27.5X2,85|
|Rims||Felgen||WTB i29, 27,5", 30 mm inner, 32h|
|Hubs||Naben||Formula Disc - 110 x 15QR front, 157 x 12 rear|
|Seat||Sattel||Fabric Scoop Elite|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||JD dropper, 31.6, 100mm (S)/120mm (M), 150mm (L/XL)|
|Bar||Lenker||Cannondale C3 Alloy, 9 deg, 15mm rise 780mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 1-1/8", 31.8, 5 deg, 55 mm|
|Motor||Motor||Bosch Performance CX|
|Battery||Akku||Bosch PowerPack 500 Wh|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||5699|
Motor & Battery
Motordetails for the Cannondale Moterra SE
The eMTB Mode provides seamless pedalling
The battery pack has been incorporated in quite an unusual configuration here. It has been placed both upside down and on the underside of the downtube to lower the centre of gravity of this bike significantly. A rubber strap and shield protects the battery from incoming rocks and dirt. In practice this has proved reliable and does its job well.
The different power modes of the Bosch Motor are easily controllable with the buttons on the Purion display itself. We like this display, which gives us all the information we need in a small form factor that leaves space for other accessories like a training device.
- Motor: Bosch Performance CX
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Bosch Purion
34,6 km / 834 meters ascent
1 h 25 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 34.6 km and 834 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.
Cannondale Moterra SE – Hands On
Cannondale is synonymous with quality of the highest calibre.
This eMTB just has that special something. It invites you in, you look at it, approach and examine it more closely and your previous smile turns into a wide grin. The finishing quality of this bike is astounding. The paint, the shaping of the tubes – with the Cannondale Moterra SE you get the complete package with consistently high quality throughout. The tan-wall tires are an especially nice touch. We don’t know what you think of them, but we absolutely love them.
Cannondale Moterra SE – On The Trail
Geometry for every occasion (and incline)
The well-balanced central position allows full use of the available power, making light work of climbs and inclines. The Bosch Performance CX Motor provides enough power to get up even the steepest of slopes. The geometry makes the bike feel agile and playful, meaning it is easy to get up the most technical of uphills. This bike is as at home on tight switchbacks as it is on gravel tracks. The only criticism we can really make is of the saddle, which for our preferences was too narrow to perch comfortably on. It’s on the up where we would particularly like to see a more comfortable saddle – Cannondale could improve here and fit a more ergonomic option.
130 mm out-back makes the downhills a tortuous maneuvering
The suspension platform on the Cannondale Moterra is capable of a lot, but it’s not capable of magic. With 130 mm of travel out back this eBIke isn’t exactly suite to the most gnarly of downhills, but then that’s not what this bike is intended for. We rode this bike fast but had to pay close attention to the terrain to avoid the larger rock and obstacles. Where this wasn’t possible you’ll need to manhandle the bike a bit to get it over them. However, thanks to the stiff eBike specific Fox 34 and the strong wheelset this is possible without major trauma or damage. However, those who find themselves in steep and rough terrain often will be better served by the Cannondale Moterra LT which with its 160 mm travel is firmly targeted at this kind of terrain.
On the trail we feel as right as rain
We felt completely at home with the Moterra SE on the trail. Corners can be railed, small climbs dispatched with ease and varying terrain is dealt with by the suspension. The Fox 34 with the Fox Float RS are in sync and allow this bike to float over even the direst of root sections. This bike takes everything a normal trail has to offer in its stride with a playful and agile ride.
The powerful Bosch Performance CX motor propels this bike forward without overpowering the rider. The compact Purion display keeps the 780 mm wide bars clean and uncluttered and leaves space to fit a training device or GPS. The easily modulated SRAM Guide brakes, which we now know quite well from a multitude of different tests, provide great stopping power. If it goes a bit pear shaped on the trail it’s unlikely you’ll be able to blame any lacking brake power from these stoppers.
The Onza Canis Kevlar tires roll fast, feel supple and we really like the look of those tan sidewalls. Whilst 2.85” is printed on the tyre, the width seems narrower than a 2.8” Schwalbe tyre. On dry trails these tires are the bomb! Quick and precise, they stay stuck to the trail and obey every rider input. However as soon as conditions get wet and the ground gets a bit softer things get a bit more… interesting. In these kind of conditions, the tires meet their limits. They are probably not suited to autumn and winter riding, unless you live somewhere with bone dry trails throughout the year. That said, in Spring and Summer you’ll have great fun with these tires.
We missed the adjustable bite-point on the brakes as it’s found on the SRAM Guide RSC Brakes. We would have preferred to have this. We would also like to see 200 mm disc rotors instead of the 180 mm ones fitted at the back.
Conclusion – Cannondale Moterra SE @eMTB-News.de
The Cannondale Moterra SE positions itself right at the top of the list of best all-rounders with its well-balanced ride characteristics. The suspension is active, rarely reaches its limits and with the plush tires the travel feels a lot deeper than it actually is.
Those who are looking for an E-Bike to both blast and cruise the trails, one that will happily speed you down things or just provide a fun ride, should be well served by the Cannondale Moterra SE. The components are well specced and compliment the build. We would also like to emphasise the combination of Bosch Performance CX motor and SRAM EX 1. The power delivered by the motor combined with the robust and reliable shifting is an ideal combination.
For us, this eMTB gets 10 out of 10 points for an E-Trailbike with fantastic all-round characteristics and handling.
- Uncomfortable saddle
- Tires reach their limits in mud
About the test
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 E-Bike capabilities:
- Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
- Flat trails with small climbing sections.
- Fast and flowing downhills
- Long, loose trails downhill
E-Bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.
We tested the Cannondale Moterra SE here:
- LOCATION: Trail-riding around Bamberg and Bad Kreuznach in Germany. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with technical rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing, high-speed downhill sections.
Tester profile Rico Haase
- Name: Rico Haase
- Height: 183 cm
- Weight (with riding-gear): 90 kg
- Inside leg: 86 cm
- Arm length: 61 cm
- Torso: 62 cm
- Riding style: flowing and playful
- Preferred riding: E-Enduro, E-Trailbike, but also XC, DH and Road
- Preferred suspensions: firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
- Preferred geometry: long reach, short stem, wide bars
How do you like the new Cannondale Moterra SE?
More Information – Cannondale Moterra SE
Text & Redaktion: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Bilder: Rico Haase, Nico Gilles
Cannondale Moterra SE
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 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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