Cannondale Adventure Neo 3 EQ Review: A Great Everyday Ebike
Every time I buy a new bike, I spend at least a hundred dollars on accessories. The only thing I would add to Cannondale Adventure Neo 3 EQ is a bell.
The svelte, stepper electric bike comes with built-in lights, luggage rack and mudguards. It is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes and a 9-speed Shimano Altus shifting system. To get to football games, the local farmer’s market or a quick trip to the bar, this is a turnkey transport solution.
It can even go 65 miles on a charge if you ride like my mom, or around 30 if you ride like me. And these kilometers are excellent. It’s not overpowered or scary. It’s pretty light, and it has great suspension on both the seat post and the front fork. The mid-drive motor means it rides like a normal bicycle – no throttle required. There aren’t many electric bikes that come with so few caveats.
At $ 3,000, even the price is right. If you’re looking for a go-anywhere electric bike and don’t want to bother with upgrades or worry too much about long-term maintenance of substandard components, this is one of my new favorite options.
It took me a minute to figure out which new Cannondale step-through electric bike I was testing, due to the company’s backwards naming system for makes and models.
This Adventure Neo 3 EQ should not be confused with the more expensive Adventure Neo 2 or Neo 1 EQ models, or the cheaper Neo 4 EQ, which all look almost identical, but are available in different colors. You will inexplicably spend less for the electric blue model (the Neo 4) but more for the bright green model (the Neo 1). My review model – the Neo 3 EQ, now that you can’t remember – was in the middle of the range and lacked color at all, arriving in a smooth-mannered black.
Especially in this color the bike looks chic and indescribable. The only touches of color on the bike are the brown rubber grips and a brown saddle, reminiscent of the sleek leather saddles and handlebars of yore, but with modern durability.
The battery and mid-drive motor are built into an aluminum frame that feels both sturdy and light. It’s easy to lift your leg over the frame, even with a bag full of groceries strapped to the back.