ADVENTURE 3

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Frame

Adventure, double butted 6061 alloy

Fork

SR Suntour CR8V, 50mm, 1-1/8" steerer

Crank

Shimano M131, 48/38/28

Bottom Bracket

Tange Cartridge

Shifters

Shimano TX

Cog Set

Shimano, 14-34, 7-speed

Chain

KMC 7-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano TX

Rear Derailleur

Shimano TX

Rims

Cannondale C4, double wall, 32 hole

Hubs

Cannondale C4

Tires

Kenda Kourier, 700 x 38c

Pedals

FPD Platform w/Kraton inserts

Brake

Cannondale V Brake w/modulator

Handlebar

Cannondale C4, 50mm rise, alloy, 620mm

Stem

Promax MQ417 Alloy, 80mm

Headset

Tange Semi Integrated

Spokes

Stainless, 14g

Grips

Cannondale Ergo Comfort

Saddle

Cannondale Ultra Comfort

Seat Post

Cannondale Suspension, 40mm travel, 27.2 x 350 mm

Extras

Tranz X Comfort Grip Quick Releases

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cannondaleADVENTURE 3
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (7)
  • Great components (7)
  • Handles well (7)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road biking (7)
    • Commuting (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (11), Avid cyclist (4)
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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Adv 3..Super Comfortable, Great Ride

    By Chuck

    from Gurnee, IL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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          Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

          Just bought this bike from my LBS last week and have ridden about 75 mi so far. This bike coasts forever and makes easy work of inclines. Also, the suspension seat and front fork are great on our crushed limestone trails. I always look forward to evening and weekends rides. The stock seat and the wider ergonomic hand grips made this the best choice for me vs the other brands in this price range. Very happy with the price, quality components and looks of the bike...GREAT RIDE

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Old Fogey

          By Old Fogey

          from Southwest Illinois

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                Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                I'm 69 and I ride 10 to 20 miles every morning (weather permitting). In my garage are three Schwinns, one Ross, one Peugeot, and one Fuji. I've owned the Cannondale almost one year (in three more months). Haven't touched the other bikes since buying the Cannondale Adventure 3.

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                (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                An On-Line Test Drive of the Adventure 3

                By Ride n Seek

                from South Jersey

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                      Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                      If you are reading this you are probably in the market for a new bike. Congrats to you for conducting a little research to ensure you make the right decision. Cannondale's "Adventure line" has been around a while, and for good reason. Today there are several models to choose from. I am reviewing the Adventure 3.

                      If you have been shopping around you are aware some of the bike categories include Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Single Speed Beach/Rental Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, (which is sort of a road bike with the genes of a mountain bike designed for both pavement and dirt/bike paths), and Hybrid Comfort Bikes.

                      The Adventure 3 falls into the "Hybrid Comfort Bikes". For the record, a "Hybrid Comfort" bike is very similar to a Hybrid with one difference being Rear Shocks and/or a softer cushy seat with springs.

                      Before we go further it's important you identify exactly where you will be riding. If you want to explore roadways, bike trails, dirt paths, boardwalks, etc., then a Hybrid is a good choice. If you want a little more "comfort" while riding, a Hybrid Comfort is an even better choice.

                      This brings us to the Adventure 3 by Cannondale. I honestly don't think there is a more comfortable riding Hybrid out there. Not only will the front adjustable shocks handle the front, but ultra comfortable seat will more than handle the "rear", (excuse the pun).

                      The first thing you will notice on your test ride is a more upright riding position. Though this is not for everyone, many find this a welcome change.

                      With bikes, size matters! It's important you test a minimum of two sizes of the bike you are interested in. I want to brake here for a second and remind you to test two sizes of the exact same model you are interested in purchasing. If your Bike Store doesn't have a size in for you to try ask them when they expect their next delivery.

                      One of the coolest things about the Adventure 3 is the adjustable handle bar. (Get ready to say "Wow" after you see this in action!) Cannondale's tool-less handle bar can adjust anytime, anywhere without tools. With literally a push of a button you can bring you handle bar up, down, back or forth. How cool is that? Very!! It means once you choose the correct size bike you can choose the perfect riding position.

                      The quick-release seat will also allow you to make quick and easy adjustments. Speaking of the seat, it feels good because it's designed well. A seat is important and quite honestly if you are not comfortable you are not going to want to ride. Speaking from experience this bike will give you hours of comfortable riding.

                      Both wheels are also quick-release as you would expect from a bike of this caliber. (I would like to brake here again and remind you to consider a secondary bike cable which would secure the second tire and seat to your main lock. Of course that also would depend on the area you ride in.) The rims are alloy which are light and look great. The tires are made by Kenda, which may not be the best on the market however are far from the worse. You will get a fair amount of mileage on these before you have the concern of replacements.

                      We are hearing a lot about Disc Brakes on bikes. This is not the time to get into whether they are better or worse as the bottom line here is they are simply not available on this unit. Don't be alarmed as personally I see Bike Disc Brakes developing, and changing for the better, daily. The Adventure 3's V Brakes will stop you, as V Brakes have for many years. They are also lighter and easier to repair.

                      Under the hood Cannondale chose Cranks and Shifters by Shimano. I feel this was a good choice for this bike. Shimano has been doing what they do for a long time. They got down!

                      Are the any "cons"? Well of course that would depend who you ask. Some may feel the bike could be a tad bit lighter. I can see their point especially if they are loading it on the roof of their car every weekend. For me however, even with gear, I have had no issues with weight. (To be fair I load mine on a rear hitch mount bike rack and have no problems lifting it.)

                      This second item may sound a bit petty, however it still is an item of concern. Rear racks, (racks that attach to your bike and sit above the rear wheel), seem to be more popular than ever. With the Cannondale, the pre-drilled holes for a rack attachment are "blocked" by the rear "V Brakes". It's simply a bad design however not one with out a solution. I don't believe they repositioned these when they upgraded to V Brakes a few years ago. Thankfully after lots or research I found a company in Canada that makes racks which fit the Adventure 3 nicely.

                      In my opinion these few cons were simply not enough to remove a star from my rating. Bottom line is I think you are getting a lot of bike for the buck.

                      One last note if I may. You'll want to ask about, and understand, the warranty. For the price, this bike should come with, at the very minimum, a bumper to bumper warranty for a minimum of one year, (excluding flat tires). This should include any and all adjustments that may be necessary during that time. Speaking of adjustments, be sure and bring your bike back after the first dozen or so rides as new cables may need tightening and gears and brakes may need adjusting. If you take care of this bike it will take care of you.

                      I live in an area where there is an abundance of bike paths, boardwalks and endless safe places to ride. In other words there are lots of off-road options. I wanted a higher end bike that was both comfortable and capable of these conditions. I can honestly say, I have been very pleased with every mile. Incidentally my wife recently traded up to an Adventure 3 and is thrilled with her decision.

                      I would be happy to entertain questions as I understand you want make the right decision.

                      Enjoy the ride … it goes by fast.

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                      5.0

                      Most comfortable bike ever!

                      By thall

                      from Portage MI

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                            Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                            If you can't decide between a road bike, hybrid or comfort then buy this bike. I really wanted an Adventure 2 but they are impossible to find. I had the dealer install the trans-x adjustable stem from the Adventure 2 at no charge and now I have the perfect bike.

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                            5.0

                            great bike especially for the price

                            By trout chaser

                            from WV

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                  Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                  I use my Adventure 3 for recreational riding on national park dirt/gravel roads and accessing remote fishing locations. I really like the "super low" first gear for steep grades or if I am towing my camping gear with a bike trailer.

                                  The bike is very comfortable to ride for long distances. Its a great bike!!!!

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                                  5.0

                                  awesome bike

                                  By Ed

                                  from Berwyn IL

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                                        Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                        I have a sport mountain bike but now I have a bad wrist cant use my sport bike.I purchased the adventure 3 and my wrist don't bother me it sits high/straight and no more stress on my back very well made and comfortable like this bike very much.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great comfortable bike;

                                        By Scratchy

                                        from South Jordan, Utah

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                              Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                              Very comfortable Bike; love riding it. Already rode 87 miles on it in less than a week. Good looking as well. I am more of a "paved" trail rider; urban cruiser. Lots and lots of fun so far. I purchased the White with Lime green accents. Kool Kool

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                                              4.0

                                              Good bike for the money

                                              By Korean translator

                                              from Murrieta, CA

                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                                    Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                    - For recreation. Twice a day 30 min. each
                                                    - Attractive color combination (white background, light green)
                                                    - The weight is no lighter than the equivalent bikes I owned in the past

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                                                    • No

                                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    Awesome Bike

                                                    By Outdoor Adventurer

                                                    from Michigan

                                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                    Verified Reviewer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Attractive Design
                                                    • Comfortable
                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Great Components
                                                    • Handles Well
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Road Biking

                                                      Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                      I am just starting out riding a bike. I had originally started riding on a bike that was bought at a chain retail store, it took me 40 min to ride that bike 3 miles. I had to move my knees out to turn even though it was a 26 inch adult bike. We stopped at a community store where I live and found "The Adventure 3" I am 5'10 so they recommended the large frame. Let me tell you, what a difference this has made. I flew on the trail, keeping speeds around 15 to 20 miles an hour for 7 miles. It took me 25 min's. It glides. Shifts easy and effortless. Very comfortable. This bike is a must have.

                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                      • Yes
                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      Great Bike for Beach and Overall Riding

                                                      By Chris a Florida rider

                                                      from Boca Raton, Florida

                                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                                                      Pros

                                                      • Attractive Design
                                                      • Comfortable
                                                      • Durable
                                                      • Great Components
                                                      • Handles Well
                                                      • Lightweight

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Road Biking

                                                        Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                        Great bike for beach riding and casual city riding. Shifts smoothly and seat is comfortable. You won't want to stop riding it cruises so well.

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                                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                         
                                                        5.0

                                                        What a bike!

                                                        By d070156

                                                        from new york

                                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                        Pros

                                                        • 57 Year Old 250 6'2"
                                                        • Attractive Design
                                                        • Comfortable
                                                        • Durable
                                                        • Great Components
                                                        • Handles Well
                                                        • Lightweight

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Commuting
                                                          • Road Biking

                                                          Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                          This bike is near perfection in every way

                                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                                          • No
                                                           
                                                          4.0

                                                          wonderful ride for our mn streets!!

                                                          By Danno

                                                          from Saint Paul,MN

                                                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Comfortable
                                                          • Great Components
                                                          • Handles Well

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Commuting
                                                            • Road Biking

                                                            Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                            If your looking for a really good and comfy city bike and don't want the high maintnance of a road racer take a good look at the Adventure series. Mine is a Adventure 3 with super smooth 700c ×38 tires. Good luck finding your ride.

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                                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                             
                                                            5.0

                                                            Float on the road in total confort

                                                            By Charlie

                                                            from Cicero, IL

                                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                            Verified Reviewer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Attractive Design
                                                            • Comfortable
                                                            • Durable
                                                            • Floating Aerobics
                                                            • Great Components
                                                            • Handles Well
                                                            • Lightweight

                                                            Cons

                                                            • No Regrets

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Commuting
                                                            • Mountain Biking
                                                            • Road Biking

                                                            Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                            Comfort in rider on city streets, Rides well on trail Bike Routes. Gives me more way to exercise.

                                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                                            • No

                                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                             
                                                            5.0

                                                            king of quality & comfort

                                                            By Textuallyactive

                                                            from Deerfield Beach FL.

                                                            About Me Avid Cyclist

                                                            Verified Reviewer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Attractive Design
                                                            • Comfortable
                                                            • Durable
                                                            • Great Components
                                                            • Handles Well
                                                            • Lightweight

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Commuting
                                                              • Road Biking

                                                              Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                              test rode the rest & nothing even comes close!

                                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                                              • No

                                                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                                               
                                                              5.0

                                                              Love this bike

                                                              By Ted

                                                              from Winterset,IA

                                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Attractive Design
                                                              • Comfortable
                                                              • Durable
                                                              • Great Components
                                                              • Handles Well
                                                              • Lightweight

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Commuting
                                                                • Road Biking

                                                                Comments about cannondale ADVENTURE 3:

                                                                Always look forward to the next ride

                                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                                • No

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