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A pioneer of award-winning aluminium bikes, race-winning machines and e-bikes for everyone, US company Cannondale has some compelling commuters.

Cannondale kickstarted the widespread use of lightweight aluminium bicycle frames in 1983 with its ST500 light tourer, which stood out from its steel contemporaries due to the fat tube profiles. By using oversized tubes, which are inherently stiffer compared to slimmer designs, Cannondale built a frame that was stiffer and stronger than rival steel ones and yet still very light. Today aluminium is the dominant material for affordable, lightweight bikes right across the industry.

Although Cannondale’s first bikes were touring and road bikes, the company diversified into mountain bikes in the late 1980s, when off-road machines were taking off. These too used oversized aluminium frames, along with innovations including the Super V full-suspension frame, Headshok front suspension, and the singled-side Lefty fork. Kids’ bikes, hybrids, and e-bikes of all descriptions have since been added to the modern-day Cannondale portfolio.

Today, Cannondale bikes have won more product awards from the cycling media than any other brand on the market, proving their best-in-class reputation. Here are six of its best bikes for commuting. 

Here are six of its best bikes for commuting.

SuperSix EVO Neo 3 

SuperSix EVO Neo 3

The SuperSix EVO Neo is what happens when you combine a Tour de France stage winning race machine with the electric boost of a lightweight Mahle E-Bikemotion hub motor centred in the rear wheel. The end result is a road e-bike that flattens hills, squashes headwinds, and makes you feel like a super hero. An internal downtube battery ensures you’ll have all the range you’ll ever need, along with simple charging function, and a silhouette that doesn’t even look like an e-bike. Fitted with 700x28c tyres, with space for wider rubber if you want a little more comfort, this Neo 3 model comes with a truly dependable Shimano 105 groupset including hydraulic, all-conditions disc brakes. An aerodynamically efficient design, with Cannondale’s Ballistec carbon construction, keeping the weight low and the velocity high.  

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£3,599.99

£3,599.99

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£2,700

 

£2,340

 

Synapse 105

Synapse 105

The Synapse is a lightweight road bike that can easily turn its hand to commuting. All Synapses have a carbon fork, while the more expensive ones have a carbon frame too; this model is aluminium. Aluminium road bikes have an often-undeserved reputation for a harsh ride because, lacking steel’s resilience, aluminium has to be built into stiffer structures. But harshness isn’t a problem here. Cannondale’s ‘endurance geometry’ provides a more upright riding position with less weight on the hands. The unusually narrow (25.4mm) seatpost will ‘flex’ more, and the seatstays and fork are also designed to flex slightly, adding comfort on the road. There’s room for wider 32mm tyres if you want to trade up from the 28mm ones fitted. A longer fork offset (50-60mm) provides more toe room, which is useful if you take advantage of the discreet mudguard mounts. A true every-day road bike that’s light, stiff, fast, and comfortable. 

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£1,349.99

£1,349.99

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£1,013

 

£878

Topstone 2

Topstone 2 

The Topstone 2 is Cannondale’s aluminium entry-level ‘all road’ bike (aka gravel bike). As such it comes with lightly knobbled off-road tyres that you might want to switch for something slicker if you won’t stray from tarmac. The 40mm width is great for badly maintained roads, however, and big tyres will fit even with full length mudguards, for which there are discreet mounts. The riding position is more upright than a road bike, providing better visibility, and the largely Shimano GRX400 2x9 drivetrain has a gear range that’s more suited than a road bike’s to commuting, leisure riding, and any off-road forays, courtesy of a ‘sub-compact’ 46-30 double chainset and an 11-34 cassette. Accelerate your commute on this truly versatile bike. 

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£1,399.99

£1,399.99

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£1,050

 

£910

Treadwell EQ

Treadwell EQ 

The all-new Cannondale Treadwell is built to bring fun and style to the daily run-around, featuring a lightweight, simple design that’s responsive, quick and just a lot of fun to ride. The Treadwell is also extremely comfortable, due to the upright position, swept-back riser bars, padded saddle, and tyres inspired by dirt-track racers – the end result is a bike that’s practical and blasts through the town with style. Plus, this EQ model is fitted with full mudguards, a front rack, disc brakes, wide range Shimano 9speed gearing, ergo grips and griptape pedals, and even a wheel sensor that pairs with your phone to act as a cycle computer. The Treadwell is truly equipped for everyday life and much more. 

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£849.99

£849.99

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£638

 

£553

Tesoro Neo X 3 

Tesoro Neo X 3  

The Tesoro Neo X is the bicycle equivalent of the modern-day SUV. It’s a go-anywhere, do-anything, on-road, off-road, trekking, commuting, adventure everyday bike. The Tesoro Neo comes with an MTB-inspired frame design, 29” wheels with large-volume all-terrain tyres, suspension forks, and a riding position that feels great everywhere – plus, it boasts one of the best e-bike systems available. A powerful mid-drive motor system from Bosch, along with an internal downtube battery, ensures that you have the range, capability, and power to go anywhere – all this, and it’s equipped with mudguards, built-in racks for luggage, and fitted lights. This bike truly is fully-loaded for getting out of the rat-race and into the wilds. 

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£2,999.99

£2,999.99

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£2,250

 

£1,950

Trail SE 3 

Trail SE 3  

The all-new Cannondale Trail SE hardtail mountain bike combines a lightweight, tough, and responsive aluminium frameset with a big trail-ready parts package. The SE version here comes with bigger tyres, more suspension travel in the forks, and better spec for more capability. The 29” wheels, 2.3” WTB tyres, proven Shimano Deore groupset, Rock Shox forks and hydraulic discs mean that this all-terrain bike is ready for the trails, the woods, and everywhere else in between. Wide-range gearing, wide bars, and even a dropper post (making getting on and off easier, plus when the trail turns downhill it becomes more fun) makes the SE 3 version of the Cannondale Trail bike the one to get. 

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£1,099.99

£1,099.99

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£825

 

£715

 

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