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Electric Bikes: What to Know and How to Choose Your Fit
An electric bike is a smart purchase, and this guide will help you make it even smarter.
Electric bikes are for everyone. Whether you’re riding for travel, fitness, or fun, e-bikes combine the time-tested benefits of biking with the technology to make it even better. Added pedal power distinguishes an electric bicycle from its traditional counterpart, but it offers all of the upsides of the latter. See the sights, tackle a trail, immerse yourself in the city, work in a workout – all that you’d do on a regular bike, you can do on an e-bike, and more!
With an electric bike, you’re in control. In fact, you can ride your e-bike like a regular bicycle, engaging the pedal assist when you want extra power – up that steep hill or on that long stretch of road.
High-quality motors by makers like Bosch, Mahle, and Hydrive make it possible to achieve speeds of up to 28 mph. It’s regular biking plus extra power. You decide when!
With a Cannondale e-bike, you can opt for efficiency without sacrificing performance. Our bikes are built for power and designed for convenience: some of our models include rear racks, run on removable batteries for easy charging, and have step-thru frames for easy on-and-off. These features make it easy to integrate e-biking into the way you live, no matter your reason for riding.
Cannondale e-bikes also make it easy to do good. You can save more than 100 g/km of carbon emissions by swapping out the car on your commute. Our bikes are responsibly made, and they’re made of tough and lasting stuff: carbon fiber makes for a lighter frame, aluminum is durable.
And the best part? It’s affordable. Advancements in technology – and our belief that biking is for everyone – have made it possible to upgrade your biking experience, whether this is your first ride or your ten-thousandth hour. For all of these reasons, electric bikes are here to stay.
Which E-Bike is Right For You?
Wondering what kind of electric bike is right for you? We have what you need for how you ride.
Your electric bicycle can take you to work, around town, and on long rides – from mellow and meandering, all the way to a workout. The power of the motor is that it can make your trip easier and less tiring, or it can boost your performance. This means that no matter how you’re biking, the motor works for you: you can get to your destination faster or get more out of your ride.
To pick the e-bike that’s right for you, decide where and why you’ll ride.
Will yours be a primary mode of transportation? An essential part of your exercise routine? A way to see and be a part of the city? Your connection to the outdoors? We make electric bicycles with all of these purposes in mind.
Depending on your reason for riding, you’ll notice unique specs that make particular models suitable for their contexts. Our electric road bikes, for instance, have hydraulic disc brakes, which hold up against wear and tear and dirt and debris, and make these bikes well-suited for road and gravel surfaces.
Our Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty 1, which garnered a Design and Innovation Award in 2021, is famously adaptable, and offers control and comfort, no matter the terrain. You can confidently navigate, even in extreme weather, and make the most of your ride. These road bikes are up for anything, and going electric has made them unmatchable.
If fitness is your biking goal, we offer lightweight, agile models in our Treadwell Neo and Quick Neo series. Simple, elegant design features allow you to focus on other things, like your form: just one button to power up, engage the pedal assist, and check your battery charge. These bikes take their cues from both road bikes (wheel style) and mountain bikes (larger volume tires), ensuring comfort and capability. You won’t sweat the bike’s functionality – you’ll only sweat from your workout!
Let’s say you’re seeking out rougher terrain and windier trails. We’ve got electric mountain bikes, trail bikes, and bikes for cross-country riding.
Moterra Neo, for instance, boasts a powerful Bosch motor and sleek Shimano components. These bikes handle well, both in precision steering and in protection from the elements – sealed battery covers, fat tires, and sturdy skid plates are just some of the reasons why. Plus, the Proportional Response suspension design customizes your experience based on frame size, so you’ll notice the right fit.
Maybe you’re looking for a bike that will get you around town and out into the wild. Our e-Touring series is just the place to look. The name of the game for these bikes is versatility: on- or off-road, they’re up for the challenge. The Tesoro Neo is a rugged model with a motor and battery setup that allows for lots of range, up to 105 miles without sacrificing speed.
Since we know that both style and safety show up in the details, these bikes have features like reflective accents, so you’ll stand out in all the ways that matter. And for those long rides, don’t forget your gear – saddle bags, gripper water bottles, and a 10-in-1 multi-tool mean you have what you need, no matter how far from home.
Ready to swap out the car for some or all of your travel? You can update your commute with our bikes that are built for city living. Our Adventure Neo and Canvas Neo series live up to their names. What lifestyle will you create with yours?
In urban centers or small towns, these bikes can handle your ride to work, help you run errands, and get you from place to place with ease. Racks for cargo – like groceries, a backpack, or party supplies – make it easy to move more than just you.
What’s more, when one of our bikes steps in to do for you what your car has done, you can put a big dent in your carbon footprint. Upgrading to a commuter e-bike from a regular bike also has its perks: with a 20mph pedal assist, you spend less time getting there and more time getting things done.
Still deciding? Use our Bike Finder to select a model that’s right for you! Answer just a few questions about your e-bike hopes and dreams, and we’ll connect you to the bike that fulfills all of your needs.
At Cannondale, we believe biking (and electric bikes) are for everyone. That’s why we offer a range of models at different price points and for different contexts. Your electric bicycle could replace other ways of getting around, like your car or more traditional bicycle, or it could add to your repertoire. Hobby, utility, or lifestyle – we make any of these possible!
Why do we do this? As designers and makers, we set out to change the game, and we’ve been steadfast in that from the start. When we joined the world of cycling in 1971, things hadn’t been shaken up for a while. But we knew there had to be a way to bring biking to everyone, so we made that happen.
Now, from design to manufacturing, we set out to set you up with the right fit.
Have we mentioned that our approach has made us award-winning? Several of our bikes, including the Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty 1 and the Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty 3, earned Design and Innovation Awards in 2021 for their versatility, capability, and originality. Our bikes are regularly featured in lists of the best for these very reasons, so no matter which model you choose, you’re getting what sets us apart.
Now, for the most important info: How to buy your bike. Before you make your purchase, check out our sizing guide to decide which one is the right fit for you. There are two ways to start riding a Cannondale ebike. You can make your purchase directly from our website, or you can visit one of our many retailers.
On our site, we make it easy to locate shops, and you’re bound to find one nearby. Your local dealer can offer test rides, take care of assembly, service your bike, and even connect you to community groups of other riders. Cannondale is everywhere, and your local bike shop can bring us to you.
When you get your bike, be sure to connect to the Cannondale App. Our customizable app will help you measure your distance, keep track of your routes, and remind you when it’s time to service your bike. It will even help you gauge what kind of a difference you’re making by saving fuel. With the app, you’ll never miss an update – and you’ll get to celebrate those PRs!
Come ride with us.