Cannondale has stealthily electrified one of its most fun bikes ever and this makes me surprisingly happy

Cannondale's Compact Neo is a throwback to the Hooligan, a bike that never failed to make me smile

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Can I admit to being excited about the launch of a lightweight, potentially excellent value, small-wheeled urban electric bike? Oops, looks like I just did. The bike in question is the new Cannondale Compact Neo which broke cover yesterday.

So, why has an e-bike with 20" wheels, foldable stem and pedals and a powered rear hub piqued my interest so much? The sensible answer is that using an electrified town bike makes a lot of practical sense for me living, as I do in a hilly, car-clogged city. Something like the Neo Compact (or the Gocycle G4i I'm currently testing) makes a ton of sense for short errands and commuting.

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