This series of electric bikes all sport great 27.5″ road wheels, 2.2″ tires, integrated front and rear lights, and comfortable seating positions.
The Bosch electric powertrain and Shimano (on the 1 and 2) and Tektro (on the 3 and 4) brakes and gears make for best-in-class riding. Even with only 50 Newton meters (Nm) of torque, the three cheaper models will make sweating up a hill a thing of the past.
Groundbreaking technology aside, the Adventure Neo range is all about comfort and style. All models are pedal assist, so you won’t have a throttle, but this does mean added range.
Reasons to Buy
All four models come with great saddles and are step-through bikes — if you are less mobile or older, this means you can get out on your electric bike with your friends and family.
The Neo 1 has a 625Wh battery, making it ideal for long days in the saddle. However, even the Neo 4 has a 400Wh battery that still offers 40 miles of realistic range.
The SmartSense technology is reliable and simple to use. It gives a green light on the control screen for vehicles that are far away. Should one come up quickly, you get a red flashing line on your screen. The sensor also alters your rear light to flash urgently to catch the sight of the vehicle driver — hopefully giving you both enough warning to prevent a crash.
Things to Consider
While the SmartSense technology can be useful, it only works if drivers are alert. It won’t stop a vehicle from hitting you if the driver isn’t paying attention.
Across the models of the range, we’re disappointed in there being too great a step between each model. There’s nearly a $900 leap between the Neo 1 EQ and Neo 2 EQ and only a $650 difference between the Neo 2 EQ and Neo 4 EQ.
The bottom end Neo 4 EQ bears little resemblance to the Neo 1 EQ. Though the Neo 1 EQ has the SmartSense tech, it also has by far the best battery and motor. Could Cannondale have offered a better battery and motor for the Neo 2 EQ and evened out the range?