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Je enger die Kurven, desto flinker fühlt sich dieses eMTB an
Je enger die Kurven, desto flinker fühlt sich dieses eMTB an
Optisch gehen die Reifen mit dem schlichten Farbton des Rahmens eine hübsche Symbiose ein
Optisch gehen die Reifen mit dem schlichten Farbton des Rahmens eine hübsche Symbiose ein
Da wartet es auf seinen großen Auftritt, dass hübsche Cannondale Moterra SE
Da wartet es auf seinen großen Auftritt, dass hübsche Cannondale Moterra SE
Sehr aufgeräumtes Cockpit
Sehr aufgeräumtes Cockpit
Dank der Konstruktion findet ein Flaschenhalter Platz
Dank der Konstruktion findet ein Flaschenhalter Platz
SRAM Guide Bremsen sorgen für die notwendige Brems-Performance
SRAM Guide Bremsen sorgen für die notwendige Brems-Performance
Der Lack glitzert ein wenig und wirkt sehr hochwertig
Der Lack glitzert ein wenig und wirkt sehr hochwertig
Sattel von fabric
Sattel von fabric - leider nicht für jeden Popo geeignet
Lenker und Vorbau stammen von Cannondale
Lenker und Vorbau stammen von Cannondale
Verzögert wird mit der SRAM Guide
Verzögert wird mit der SRAM Guide
Mittlerweile ein gern gesehener Freund
Mittlerweile ein gern gesehener Freund - der Bosch Performance CX-Motor
Dieser Gummistrap und der Protektor schützen den Akku vor Steinen und Dreck
Dieser Gummistrap und der Protektor schützen den Akku vor Steinen und Dreck
Das Purion-Display von Bosch
Das Purion-Display von Bosch - wir brauchen nicht mehr
Nur 130 mm Federweg am Heck, trotzdem rockt das Moterra SE so einiges
Nur 130 mm Federweg am Heck, trotzdem rockt das Moterra SE so einiges
Das Moterra SE wartet auf seinen Einsatz
Das Moterra SE wartet auf seinen Einsatz
Das Moterra SE überzeugt mit seinem Finish und dem ...
Das Moterra SE überzeugt mit seinem Finish und dem ...
... dezenten Dekor
... dezenten Dekor
Auch von vorne richtig hübsch
Auch von vorne richtig hübsch
Steile Anstiege lassen sich gut meistern
Steile Anstiege lassen sich gut meistern
Mit dem Cannondale Moterra SE ist immer Rambazamba angesagt
Mit dem Cannondale Moterra SE ist immer Rambazamba angesagt
Die Fox 34 in der E-Bike-Optimized Variante steht hoch im Federweg und arbeitet sehr feinfühlig
Die Fox 34 in der E-Bike-Optimized Variante steht hoch im Federweg und arbeitet sehr feinfühlig
Der Fox Float-Dämpfer arbeitet tadellos
Der Fox Float-Dämpfer arbeitet tadellos
Das Cannondale Moterra SE ist sehr handlich und agil
Das Cannondale Moterra SE ist sehr handlich und agil
Trails sind die Paradedisziplin des verspielten E-Bikes
Trails sind die Paradedisziplin des verspielten E-Bikes
Kleine Gegenanstiege werden in Vollspeed genommen
Kleine Gegenanstiege werden in Vollspeed genommen
Auf dem trockenen Trail bieten die Onza-Reifen guten Grip und ausreichend Reserven
Auf dem trockenen Trail bieten die Onza-Reifen guten Grip und ausreichend Reserven
Schnelle Pneus auf festem, trockenen Untergrund
Schnelle Pneus auf festem, trockenen Untergrund
Das Moterra SE von Cannondale gehört bei dem Top-Allroundern aufs Podium
Das Moterra SE von Cannondale gehört bei dem Top-Allroundern aufs Podium - ausgewogen, agil, potent und hübsch - genau so muss das sein

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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.

The tighter the corners, the more and more this eMTB wants to go round them
# The tighter the corners, the more and more this eMTB wants to go round them

Cannondale Moterra SE – In Brief

Visual symbiosis between the tan-wall goodness and subtle finishing of the frame
# Visual symbiosis between the tan-wall goodness and subtle finishing of the frame

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

Waiting to be ridden – the Cannondale Moterra SE
# Waiting to be ridden – the Cannondale Moterra SE
 

Cannondale Moterra SE – Product Profile

Geometry

Measured Standover Height: 725 mm
(Framesize M)

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GrößeSMLXL
Sitzrohr400 mm440 mm480 mm520 mm
Oberrohr574 mm601 mm631 mm658 mm
Lenkwinkel67°67,5°67,5°67,5°
Sitzwinkel75°74°74°74°
Kettenstrebe457 mm457 mm457 mm457 mm
Tretlager höhe34,7 mm34,7 mm34,7 mm34,7 mm
Radstand1.172 mm1.183 mm1.214 mm1.241 mm
Reach414 mm425 mm452 mm479 mm

Components

Very clean cockpit
# Very clean cockpit
There’s even space for a bottle cage
# There’s even space for a bottle cage
SRAM Guide brakes give more than enough stopping power
# SRAM Guide brakes give more than enough stopping power
The pearlescent paint makes this bike feel very high-end
# The pearlescent paint makes this bike feel very high-end
Fabric saddle
# Fabric saddle - unfortunately we had some difficulties getting on with this one
Bars and stem are own-brand from Cannondale
# Bars and stem are own-brand from Cannondale
SRAM Guide does the stopping
# SRAM Guide does the stopping
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FrameRahmenMoterra, 130mm, 27+, SmartForm C1 Alloy, Torsion Box downtube, Si motor mount, carbon link
ForkGabelFox Performance 34 FLOAT FIT4, 140 mm, E-Bike Optimized, 3Pos-adj, 15QR x 110 mm, tapered steerer
ShockDämpferFox Performance Float EVOL 130 mm
ShifterSchalthebelSRAM EX1, 8-speed
DerailleurSchaltwerkSRAM EX1, 8-speed
CassetteKassetteSRAM XG 899, 11-48T
CranksKurbelCannondale EC3, w/ Ai offset ring, 15t
BrakesBremseSRAM GUIDE RE hydro disc, 200/180mm
TiresReifenONZA CANIS Kevlar/Foldable, FRC, TLR, Skinwall 27.5X2,85
RimsFelgenWTB i29, 27,5", 30 mm inner, 32h
HubsNabenFormula Disc - 110 x 15QR front, 157 x 12 rear
SeatSattelFabric Scoop Elite
SeatpostSattelstützeJD dropper, 31.6, 100mm (S)/120mm (M), 150mm (L/XL)
BarLenkerCannondale C3 Alloy, 9 deg, 15mm rise 780mm
StemVorbauCannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 1-1/8", 31.8, 5 deg, 55 mm
MotorMotorBosch Performance CX
DisplayDisplayBosch Purion
BatteryAkkuBosch PowerPack 500 Wh
PowerLeistung250 Nm
WeightGewicht23,7
Price (RRP)Preis (UVP)5699

Motor & Battery

Motordetails for the Cannondale Moterra SE

Always nice to see one of these units
# Always nice to see one of these units - der Bosch Performance CX-Motor

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.

This rubber strap and “shield” protect the battery from stones and dirt
# This rubber strap and “shield” protect the battery from stones and dirt
The Bosch Purion display
# The Bosch Purion display - we don’t see the need for anything else

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.

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

Real-world Range

Range test with the Cannondale Moterra SE
# Range test with the Cannondale Moterra SE

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.

Here are the exact details of our test ride.

Cannondale Moterra SE – Hands On

Despite having only 130 mm travel out back, the Moterra SE still likes it rough
# Despite having only 130 mm travel out back, the Moterra SE still likes it rough
 

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.

The Moterra SE ready to get going
# The Moterra SE ready to get going
The Moterra SE is beautifully finished…
# The Moterra SE is beautifully finished…
…and has a very understated paint job
# …and has a very understated paint job
Pretty from here too
# Pretty from here too

Cannondale Moterra SE – On The Trail

Uphill

Steep inclines are easily surmounted
# Steep inclines are easily surmounted

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.

Downhill

The Cannondale Moterra SE guarantees a rip-roaring good time
# The Cannondale Moterra SE guarantees a rip-roaring good time

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.

The eBike optimized Fox 34 sits higher but maintains high levels of sensitivity
# The eBike optimized Fox 34 sits higher but maintains high levels of sensitivity
The Fox Float Shock does its job well
# The Fox Float Shock does its job well

Trail

The Cannondale Moterra SE is manoeuvrable and agile
# The Cannondale Moterra SE is manoeuvrable and agile
Trails are what this playful eBike is built for
# Trails are what this playful eBike is built for
Small humps can be ridden up at full speed
# Small humps can be ridden up at full speed
Predictable handling and good grip in dry conditions with the Onza tires
# Predictable handling and good grip in dry conditions with the Onza tires

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.

Fast-rolling tires on hard-packed ground
# Fast-rolling tires on hard-packed ground

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.

Tuning

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.

Pros

  • Finishing
  • Handling

Cons

  • Uncomfortable saddle
  • Tires reach their limits in mud  
The Cannondale Moterra SE is one of the top all-rounders around
# The Cannondale Moterra SE is one of the top all-rounders around - balanced, agile, capable and good-looking – this is a killer package

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

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  • 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

Webseite: www.cannondale.com
Text & Redaktion: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Bilder: Rico Haase, Nico Gilles

Cannondale Moterra SE

range of use
XC: 5/10 – Trail: 9/10 – All-Mountain: 8/10 – Enduro: 7/10 – Downhill: 5/10
Motor + Battery
Bosch
Battery Capacity
500 Wh
Range km/mi
Distance
21.5 mi
Climbing
2,736 ft
Duration
1:25 h
Bike Weight
52.2 lb
System Weight
254 lb
Uphill
8/10
bad
excellent
Downhill
7/10
bad
excellent
Motor
9/10
weak
extreme
Value for Money
6/10
too expensive
perfect
Sitting Position
5/10
upright
stretched
character
4/10
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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    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.


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