Cannondale is not a brand to do things in halves. Well, except for the Lefty fork. That’s kind of half a fork. But I’m speaking metaphorically here. What I mean, is that it’s a bike company that jumps with two feet into anything it does. With designers and engineers who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries, Cannondale has a well-documented history of (for better or worse) pursuing outside-of-the-box concepts in order to achieve whatever goal they’ve set in place. Think Lefty forks, the Headshock, the BB30 bottom bracket system, and more recently, the Slate drop-bar gravel bike and their a.i offset mountain bike swingarms.
So when it came time for Cannondale to get involved in the electric pedal-assist mountain bike market, of course they’d be putting their own spin on things. Trouble is with a modern ebike, mountain bike designers are somewhat constrained by the limitations of the motor and battery system. In Cannondale’s case, the engineers selected a Bosch system for the new line of Moterra eMTBs.