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Cannondale Rolls Out Smallest & Lightest E-Bike: Compact Neo

cannondale compact neoCannondale's Compact Neo offers a lightweight, family-oriented e-bike; (photo/Cannondale)
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Want an e-bike that won’t break your back while you lug it upstairs? Check out Cannondale’s latest: a lightweight, foldable e-bike under 40 pounds.

The latest e-bike from Cannondale aims for convenience and flexibility.

With a hidden 250 Wh battery and a folding stem and pedals, the Compact Neo is “an ideal electric bike for busy families or shared use,” the company said in a news release.

You won’t need many add-ons with this bike, either. It already comes with metaphorical bells and whistles, including a rack, lights, fenders, and eight-speed shifting.

cannondale compact neo pedals
The Compact Neo comes with foldable pedals and a foldable stem for easy storage; (photo/Cannondale)

Cannondale Compact Neo E-Bike

The Compact Neo comes with an alloy frame and 20-inch wheels for a lightweight bike with a low standover height that anyone can comfortably handle around town.

At less than 40 pounds (18 kg), the bike allows for a maximum rider weight of 300 pounds. Yet it’s still sturdy enough to take a beating.

The seat post also adapts to accommodate different-sized riders, so it’s highly shareable while offering comfort to your backside.

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A close-up view of the Compact Neo’s rear drive; (photo/Cannondale)

Compact Neo: Battery Features

Like many modern e-bikes, Cannondale placed the e-bike’s battery inside the frame, retaining the classic bike form while still giving riders that electric boost. To that end, the battery offers three different assist levels. There’s also a convenient walk mode, which propels the bike just enough to make pushing along more manageable.

The Compact Neo’s rear-hub Hyena drive system offers “hill-taming power” and assistance up to 20 mph. Fully charged, the battery’s range gives riders up to 47 miles of supported cycling.

Cannondale Compact Neo gear shifter
Sleek buttons for controlling the Compact Neo’s gears and battery; (photo/Cannondale)

At $1,900, the Compact Neo won’t break the bank compared to the increasingly pricey e-bike options in the market. For example, the Turbo Vado SL from Specialized sheds some extra weight (around 33 pounds) while still carrying a 320 Wh battery. However, you pay for that upgrade, as the bike sells for nearly double the Compact Neo — $3,750.

Still interested? The Compact Neo is available in three colors, chalk with acid red, graphite and reflective silver, and smoke black with reflective silver.

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