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Cannondale Adventure Neo Allroad ST Review

A lighter-weight, shorter-range e-bike that can enhance your commute or help you explore beyond your reach but not too far
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Cannondale Adventure Neo Allroad ST Review (Cannondale Neo Allroad)
Cannondale Neo Allroad
Credit: Joshua Hutchens
Price:  $1,675 List
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Manufacturer:   Cannondale
By Joshua Hutchens ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 3, 2023
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RANKED
#12 of 14
  • Ride - 25% 7.0
  • Range - 25% 7.0
  • Power - 25% 5.0
  • Interface - 15% 5.0
  • Assembly - 10% 10.0

Our Verdict

The Neo Allroad is a simple electric hybrid-style bike that most anyone could enjoy. With a 418Wh battery and 250W hub motor, the bike trades power for its lightweight. Wide knobby tires bring some versatility to the rigid bike while its ergonomic seated position readies it for exploration. The low stepover height and lighter weight help this bike feel user-friendly and easy to operate. Its ride quality is sporty, but its lack of dampening leaves it less comfortable than others. We appreciated this bike's handling, but its overall performance, particularly its power and range, makes it less competitive.
REASONS TO BUY
User-friendly
Light weight
Easy step over
Capable tires
REASONS TO AVOID
Under powered
Not built for comfort
Poorly appointed

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Bottom Line A simple, middle-of-the-road ebike for just about anyone, this bike is particularly good for exploring bike paths and taking in the sights, but its power and range aren't very impressiveA fair price combined with class-leading performance across the board make this our favorite electric bikeIt's hard to argue with the value of this versatile and affordable folding electric bikeLighter weight and more easily portable, this is the most well-rounded folding model we've testedA true hybrid Class 3, this bike was built for pleasure and makes for strain free bike rides
Rating Categories Cannondale Adventur... Ride1Up 700-Series Lectric XP 3.0 Step... Blix Vika + Flex Ride1Up Turris XR
Ride (25%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Range (25%)
7.0
10.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Power (25%)
5.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Interface (15%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Assembly (10%)
10.0
5.0
10.0
9.0
7.0
Specs Cannondale Adventur... Ride1Up 700-Series Lectric XP 3.0 Step... Blix Vika + Flex Ride1Up Turris XR
Wheel size 27.5-inch 27.5-inch 20-inch 20-inch 27.5-inch
Battery Size 418Wh 720Wh 500Wh 614Wh 614Wh
E-Bike Class Class 2 Class 3 Class 2 (Can be configured Class 3) Class 2 (Can be configured Class 3) Class 3
Motor Power (torque) 250W 750W 500W 500W 750W
Number of pedal assist settings 5 5 5 5 5
Top speed throttle (mph) 20 20 20 20 20
Top speed pedal-assist (mph 20 28 28 24 28
Measured Distance Range (miles) 20.9 32.4 24.51 27.5 22.1
Frame material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Weight Limit (lbs) 305 275 330 270 300
Measured Weight 48 lbs 9 oz 63 lbs 11 oz 62 lbs 8 oz 51 lbs 14 oz 60 lbs 8 oz
Folding? No No Yes Yes No
Drivetrain MicroSHIFT 7 speed Shimano Acera 8-speed Shimano Tourney 7-speed Simano 7-speed RevoShift Shimano Altus 7-speed
Brakes Mechanical Disc Tektro Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc iZoom Hydraulic disc Zoom Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Additional features Front and rear lights, kick stand, throttle Fenders, rear rack, front and rear lights Fenders, rear rack, front and rear lights, folding design, front suspension, mounting points for racks, baskets, and a bike lock, IP-65 rated for water resistance Fenders, lights, Rear cargo rack, bell, folding pedals, USB charging port, removable battery Fenders, front light, 100mm suspension fork, kick stand
Warranty Lifetime on frame, 1 year on components One Year One Year One Year One Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Neo Allroad is a Class 2 electric bicycle with a 414 Wh battery and 250-watt hub motor. The rigid aluminum frame and fork ride on wide 27.5" wheels with all-terrain 2.6-inch tires. With a low, 16-inch step-through height and wheelbase shy of 46 inches, it's easy to mount and maneuver this bike. Its lightweight feel can make you forget it's motorized, and the small motor contributes more than a tailwind in pedal assist.

Performance Comparison


cannondale adventure neo allroad st - cannondale makes exploring easy with the neo allroad.
Cannondale makes exploring easy with the Neo Allroad.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Ride


The ride quality of the Neo Allroad is sporty; it feels predictable and agile with a short wheelbase and upright positioning. There is no suspension other than the 27.5 x 2.6-inch tires, so the bike feels efficient but not exactly comfortable. The aluminum frame and fork transmit road and trail vibrations that aren't effectively muted before being passed to the rider. The bike reacts to cracks in the pavement or rough spots in the trail with very little compliance or flex. The larger wheels help to smooth the roll, but not to the extent that a suspension fork or seatpost might isolate the rider from those bumps. As a class 2 e-bike, the Neo Allroad comes equipped with a throttle capable of propelling the bike to 20 mph.


The components spec on the Neo Allroad aren't particularly high-end, but for the most part, they don't distract from the ride quality. The mechanical disc brakes are a low point of the build, requiring extra force at the levers and producing a vague, scratchy, arresting force. This bike is available in 2 sizes, Small and Medium, with the former recommended for riders from 5'0" to 5"7 and the latter fitting riders from 5'5" to 5'10". The adjustability of this bike is limited to 3.0 cm of handlebar height range and 17 cm of seatpost range. This means there isn't much room to adjust this bike for comfort without changing parts.

cannondale adventure neo allroad st - electric assist provides help on the hills where the narrow range of...
Electric assist provides help on the hills where the narrow range of gearing runs out.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

The Microshift 7 drivetrain doesn't offer much range, but the electric assist helps to mask the lack of low-end gearing. Riders looking for a hill climbing companion are encouraged to look for bikes with greater gear range and stronger motors. This bike feels best on smooth terrain without much elevation gain but will assist you in whatever adventure you choose.

The brakes on this bike were a low point, with the mechanical levers...
The brakes on this bike were a low point, with the mechanical levers not feeling smooth or particularly powerful.
It doesn't produce much light, but it runs off of the bike battery...
It doesn't produce much light, but it runs off of the bike battery and helps you to be seen in low-light conditions.
The taillight is wired through the frame to the main battery so...
The taillight is wired through the frame to the main battery so you'll never be without light.
Integrated lights that run off the bikes' main battery are a nice touch.

Range


The Adventure Neo Allroad didn't impress us with its range. On a full charge, we were able to ride 20.9 miles with 542 ft of elevation gain before the battery stopped responding. Our range test includes rolling hills and only utilizes the bike's throttle to eliminate the variable of pedal assistance. Almost 21 miles without pedaling sounds nice, but it's at the lower end of our range scores. The Ride1Up Turris had a slightly longer range with its larger battery but also offered more comfort.


The 418 Wh battery can be charged on or off the bike; removing the battery involves unlocking it and pulling it upward from its cradle. A removable battery on an e-bike can be handy for storage, transport, and charging. Removing the battery while locking the bike makes it significantly less attractive to thieves. While we weren't impressed with its range, it's important to note that this bike is significantly lighter than most electric commuter bikes.

The battery is secured by a lock but removable in just seconds for charging off the bike.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Power


The 250W hub motor creates subtle assistance during flat riding at moderate speeds. The throttle is useful for modulating speed, but the bike often faltered to start from a stop under its power. The Neo-Allroad reached its top throttle speed of 16.7 mph in just over 13 seconds from a rolling start; this test is usually performed from a standstill, but Cannondale's motor didn't have the oomph to get us moving. In the uphill test, we maintained a cruising speed of 8 mph and slowed to 4.4 mph in the steepest section.


The controller has five pedal assist (PAS) modes, and toggling through them is as easy as pushing the plus and minus buttons. Level 1 of assist is very mild, adding only a small amount of power to your legs. Each level gives you progressively more assistance but doesn't affect the throttle. The throttle will give you full power regardless of the pedal assist setting.

cannondale adventure neo allroad st - the mechanical disc brakes are a low point on this bike but that...
The mechanical disc brakes are a low point on this bike but that kickstand is quite handy.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Interface


The simple interface that Cannondale chose for the Allroad is the Bafang C-11, an all-in-one display and control unit located next to the left handlebar grip. The display houses three buttons for power, up, and down functions and uses small lights that protrude through the plastic to convey information. The display could hardly be simpler with five red lights for the battery, each representing 20% of its capacity. There are also five red lights to display your pedal assist setting. We found the display almost impossible to use in the sun but adequate for shade or lower light conditions. The two buttons to increase and decrease the PAS levels are a thumb reach away, and there is a power button between them. A long push of the + button activates the headlight, and a long push of the - button activates the walk feature.


Overall, the interface on this bike is adequate but displays the bare minimum of information on with its lights. The display has an IPX-5 waterproof rating, which means it can survive low-pressure water sprayed from every angle.

cannondale adventure neo allroad st - the cannondale adventure neo allroad features an easy-to-depress...
The Cannondale Adventure Neo Allroad features an easy-to-depress throttle, while the Bafang C-11's simple display shows just the basic information.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

Assembly


This bike was purchased from REI, fully assembled with tires at the proper pressure and ready to ride. It doesn't get much easier than that; bikes purchased through REI are entitled to a year of free adjustments at more than 170 stores nationwide. Access to a nationwide network of bicycle shops is appealing, especially to people who like to travel with their bikes.


Being able to purchase this bike fully assembled and tuned increases its price but is also incredibly convenient. REI also sells a number of accessories that are compatible, if not made for, this bike.

Should You Buy the Cannondale Adventure Neo Allroad?


We didn't love the Adventure Neo Allroad; the bike feels underpowered, uncomfortable, and overpriced. The small motor and battery make the bike feel lightweight and sporty, but it lacks the power to make meaningful contributions to your adventure. If you're looking for a user-friendly commuter bike that can expand your range, this one won't do much. If you're looking for a bike to put on the back of an RV for a summer adventure, this bike's lightweight could make it the perfect accessory.

What Other E-Bikes Should You Consider?


If you like the general form of this bike, check out the Ride1Up Turris that offers a larger battery, more powerful motor, suspension fork, fenders, and a nice display for several hundred dollars less. Both bikes have the same tires and wheels, while the Ride1Up is more comfortable.

cannondale adventure neo allroad st - easy to climb aboard, at 16 inches, the stopover height of the neo...
Easy to climb aboard, at 16 inches, the stopover height of the Neo Allroad makes it quite user-friendly.
Credit: Joshua Hutchens

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