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Cannondale seeks to go further with its new Moterra Neo e-MTB

A woman rides up a steep rock slab in the desert on an e-MTB
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Cannondale has updated its Moterra e-MTB range, increasing the mileage, tweaking the geometry and releasing a new longer travel Moterra LT bike for those who take on truly epic backcountry adventures.

Even with the best electric mountain bikes, range is always going to be a potentially limiting factor if you're planning a big ride. Cannondale's main focus was extending the range of the Moterra, with the new bike being powered by Bosch's best e-MTB motor, the Performance Line CX, which is now paired with a 750Wh battery. Cannondale doesn't offer any figures on expected range, however other bikes in this category with similar motor setups are able to get some pretty impressive mileage on a single charge. All the bikes come fitted with a Bosch Kiox 300 which displays ride metrics and battery status as you ride.

A woman riding down a dusty trail

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The frame itself still features 150mm of travel front and rear on the standard Moterro (more on the LT version in a second), and uses Cannondale's Proportional Response design to maintain ride feel across all sizes by adjusting chainstay lengths, geometry, and suspension layout. Unlike many manufacturers, Cannondale has resisted the temptation to go mullet, instead sticking with 29-inch wheels front and back. The size small bikes feature 27.5-inch wheels front and rear.

Cannondale says that it has taken a ground-up approach to the geometry design of the new Moterra Neo. It features a 65-degree head angle and 77-degree seat angle which is paired with a 455mm reach (medium) and a 123.6cm wheelbase (medium) which should put it right on the money for all-round trail shredding.

A woman rides down a desert rock slab

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New to the range is the burlier Moterra Neo LT which brings more travel, slacker geometry, and a mullet wheelset up to the table. Featuring 170mm of front travel and 165mm of rear travel, both Moterra Neo Carbon LT models get a coil shock too.

The LT looks as if it uses much of the same frame as the standard Moterra which means while the head angle is slackened to a 64-degree, the seat angle is also slackened and the bottom bracket is a touch higher.

Cannondale Moterrra Neo range and specs

Cannondale is selling the Moterra Neo in three different platforms: Moterra Neo Carbon, Moterra Neo Alloy, and Moterra Neo LT (long travel) and all models are available in sizes small to X-Large. Moterra Neo retails from $5,850/£5,750 to $8,600/£8,500.

For full details on Cannondale's new Moterra range, as well as full specs, check out Cannondale.com.

Cannondale Moterra Neo 3

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Cannondale Moterra Neo 3

  • Frame: Cannondale Moterra Neo Alloy
  • Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W, Bosch Kiox 300 w/ LED remote
  • Fork: RockShox Yari RC, 150mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select, 150mm
  • Groupset: Shimano XT 12-speed (10-51), Deore chain, cassette and shifter
  • Cranks: FSA
  • Brakes: Shimano MT420 4-piston hydraulic disc, 203/203mm rotors
  • Wheels: WTB ST i30 TCS Wheels
  • Tires: (F) Maxxis Minion DHF, 29 x 2.6", EXO, tubeless ready / (R) Maxxis Rekon, 29 x 2.6" (27.5x2.6" - size Small), EXO, tubeless ready
  • Handlebar: Cannondale 3, 780mm
  • Stem: Cannondale 3
  • Seatpost: TranzX dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 130mm (S), 150mm (M-XL)
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport
  • Price: $6,500 / £5,750 / €5,999

Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon 2

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Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon 2

  • Frame: Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon
  • Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W, Bosch Kiox 300 w/ LED remote
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select, 150mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+, 150mm
  • Groupset: Shimano XT 12-speed (10-51), SLX chain, cassette and shifter
  • Cranks: FSA
  • Brakes: Shimano MT520 4-piston hydraulic disc, 203/203mm rotors
  • Wheels: WTB ST i30 TCS Wheels
  • Tires: (F) Maxxis Minion DHF, 29 x 2.6", EXO, tubeless ready / (R) Maxxis Rekon, 29 x 2.6" (27.5x2.6" - size Small), EXO, tubeless ready
  • Handlebar: Cannondale3, 800mm
  • Stem: Cannondale 2
  • Seatpost: Cannondale DownLow Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L-XL)
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport
  • Price: $7,250 / £7,000 / €7,499

Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon 1

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Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon 1

  • Frame: Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon
  • Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W, Bosch Kiox 300 w/ LED remote
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select, 150mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+, 150mm
  • Groupset: Shimano XTR 12-speed (10-51), XT chain, cassette and shifter
  • Cranks: FSA
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 8120 4-piston hydraulic disc, 203/203mm rotors
  • Wheels: WTB KOM Trail i30 TCS
  • Tires: (F) Maxxis Minion DHF, 29 x 2.6", EXO, tubeless ready / (R) Maxxis Rekon, 29 x 2.6" (27.5x2.6" - size Small), EXO, tubeless ready
  • Handlebar: HollowGram SAVE riser bar, 780mm
  • Stem: Cannondale 2
  • Seatpost: Cannondale DownLow Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L-XL)
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Elite
  • Price: $8,250 / £8,250 / €8,499

Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT 2

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Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT 2

  • Frame: Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT
  • Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W, Bosch Kiox 300 w/ LED remote
  • Fork: RockShox Zeb Select, Charger RC, 170mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+, Coil, 165mm
  • Groupset: Shimano XT 12-speed (10-51), SLX chain, cassette and shifter
  • Cranks: FSA
  • Brakes: Magura MT5 4-piston hydraulic disc, 220/203mm rotors
  • Wheels: WTB ST i30 TCS Wheels
  • Tires: (F) Maxxis Assegai, 29 x 2.6", 3C, EXO+, tubeless ready, (R) Maxxis DHR II, 27.5 x 2.6", 3C, EXO+, tubeless ready
  • Handlebar: Cannondale 3, 800mm
  • Stem: Cannondale 2
  • Seatpost: Cannondale DownLow Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L-XL)
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport
  • Price: $7,250 / £7,250 / €7,499

Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT 1

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Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT 1

  • Frame: Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT
  • Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W, Bosch Kiox 300 w/ LED remote
  • Fork: RockShox Zeb Select+, Charger RC, 170mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select+, Coil, 165mm
  • Groupset: Shimano XT 12-speed (10-51)
  • Cranks: FSA
  • Brakes: SRAM Code RSC 4-piston hydraulic disc, 220/203mm rotors
  • Wheels: WTB KOM Trail i30 TCS Wheels
  • Tires: (F) Maxxis Assegai, 29 x 2.6", 3C, EXO+, tubeless ready, (R) Maxxis DHR II, 27.5 x 2.6", 3C, EXO+, tubeless ready
  • Handlebar: HollowGram SAVE riser bar, 780mm
  • Stem: Cannondale 2
  • Seatpost: Cannondale DownLow Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 125mm (S), 150mm (M), 170mm (L-XL)
  • Saddle: Fabric Magic Elite Saddle
  • Price: $8,600 / £8,500 / €8,999

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg