Cannondale’s Compact Neo e-bike: lots of style, moderate functionality, hard-to-beat price

The $1900 commuter package comes with reliable components, comfort and style

The Cannondale Compact Neo e-bike
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

All in all, the Compact Neo may not be the zippiest or strongest e-bike around, but it makes up for it in comfort and style. It’s a pleasant, leisurely ride that gets you from point A to point B without the stresses or limitations of cars or public transportation.

Reasons to buy
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    Good value

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    Brand name components

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    Stable, comfortable ride

Reasons to avoid
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    Lacking in power and range

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    Limited utility

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When Cannondale announced the launch of the Compact Neo last November, many industry long-timers took note. Not because it was claimed to be the brand’s “smallest and lightest e-bike yet” nor because of its wallet-friendly price. While both appealing qualities, what got folks to take note was the bike’s stark resemblance to the 2008 Cannondale Hooligan. 

This human-powered urban jungle machine may have looked like a folding bike, a BMX and a mountain bike had a baby, but by all accounts, the ‘Hooli’ was a pure joy to ride. Our very own Rob Spedding fondly remembers the bike’s liveliness, calling it “a bike that never failed to make me smile.”

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