Cannondale Habit mountain bike

Roll out: Cannondale bikes now at MEC

There’s a new bike brand joining our riding family – Cannondale bikes are coming to MEC. To find out what to expect, we chatted with Tim, who leads all things bikes at MEC and definitely knows cycling (let’s just say he’s been in the bike world about as long as famed Cannondale cyclist Mike Woods has been alive):

First things first: why Cannondale?

Tim: Like MEC, Cannondale is all about getting people active outside and having fun. One thing that’s great is that they’ve got a full range of bikes – road, gravel, mountain, commuter, e-bikes, kids – that we can choose from to offer members in every single one of our stores, from Victoria to Halifax.

People in Canada also know Cannondale, so it’s a name many members recognize and trust. They’ve been making bikes for more than three decades – I remember them selling Cannondale when I worked at bike shops in the 80s.

What makes Cannondale stand out?

My favourite thing is that they’ve always been an innovative brand. They never shy away from trying new stuff, which gets other people in the bike industry thinking about what’s possible. They pioneered high-end aluminum technology, and were early adopters of full suspension for mountain bikes and carbon fibre for road bikes. If it weren’t for companies like Cannondale pushing technology, leading the way and testing things outs, we’d be riding pretty boring bikes.

Cannondale makes a lot of bikes. How do you decide what ones to offer at MEC?

One thing that’s cool about MEC is that the Co-op has such a wide range of members. We’ve got high-performance riders into mountain biking and road cycling, and we’ll have high-end Cannondale bikes for those people. We also carry bikes from Intense and Ridley for this crowd.

But there are also a ton of members who like biking… and also like skiing or climbing or trail running. Knowing this, we’re bringing in bikes that offer great value at a more entry-level or mid-range, since someone might be eyeing a new backcountry ski set-up at the same time as a new bike.

Okay, time for the details: what specific bikes will members see?

There’ll be everything from 12in. kids’ bikes to carbon road bikes, and the whole range of riding in between. A few of the 2020 bikes have already arrived, and more are on the way.

Road bikes coming to MEC:

  • Synapse carbon and aluminum models – this is a great value performance road bike
  • Topstone carbon and aluminum models for adventure, gravel riding and everything in between
  • SuperSix EVO for high-performance road and racing
  • … and the CAADX 105 Bike, which makes an excellent first cyclocross bike

I’m keen on the Topstone Carbon Ultegra. It’s one I’ve got my eye on – I think it’s going to be a super cool bike.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon

The Topstone Carbon has a KingPin suspension system to handle rough roads and pavement smoothly.

Mountain bikes coming to MEC:

  • Habit carbon and aluminum bikes for trail riding
  • A selection of Trail and Tango aluminum hardtail trail options (Trail is unisex, Tango is women’s)
  • F-Si carbon bike for the XC race crowd
  • Cujo, a plus bike with 27+ tires
  • … before the snow falls, the Fat CAAD 1 will be in stock

My guess is the Habit aluminum bikes are going to be popular. They’re aluminum bikes that give you the technology you’d see on higher-end carbon bikes, but at a price that’s more accessible.

Bikes for commuting and urban riding coming to MEC:

  • Treadwill EQ and EQ Remixte, fun, lightweight bikes for around town rides
  • Bad Boy, a good-looking commuter bike that handles responsively
  • A selection of Quick bikes, perfect for getting from point A to B in the city. The Quick 4 is already here.
  • Quick CX and Althea models, with front suspension for riding a mix of bike paths and backroads
  • Three e-bike models: Canvas Neo and Remixte, and the Quick Neo SL and SL Remixte, and the Tesoro NEO and Remixte

The Quick Neo SL is an e-bike that uses a hub motor, which is simpler, more compact and way lighter. It puts out 250 watts – nice for a little boost on the way to work or the coffee shop.

Cannondale Quick bike

Some versions of the Quick have a wheel sensor that tracks speed, distance and calories burned and connects with a free Cannondale app.

Kids’ bikes are also on the way:

  • Trail Balance Bike for kids that are just starting out
  • Trail (12in., 20in., 24in.) with disc brakes and front suspension for hitting up the trail
  • Trail Single Speed 16in. to keep things simple for new riders – it has one gear and coaster brakes
  • Cujo (20in., 24in.), which gives them plus-sized tires in a young rider sized frame
Cannondale kids balance bike

Balance bikes that look like grown-up bikes, complete with a Little Lefty front fork.

Every bike brand has their own lingo. What are some things to know for Cannondale?

Neo: If you see Neo in the name, it’s an e-bike.

All the numbers: A number after a bike name tells you the level of componentry. Lower numbers, higher-end components. For example, we’re bringing in the Quick 2, 4 and 6 – and the 2 has the highest end components. The exception are kids’ bikes, where the numbers tell you how many inches the wheels are.

Remixte: Cannondale’s name for bikes with a step-through frame.

Lefty: Cannondale’s (in)famous left-hand only fork. The only bike we’re carrying with it is the Bad Boy 3 with a rigid Lefty. Oh – and a tiny version called the Little Lefty is on the kids’ balance bikes too.

CAAD: Cannondale has always been a leader in aluminum frame technology, and CAAD stands for Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design.

The full roster of Cannondale bikes is rolling to MEC starting now and leading into early 2020.

Tim McDermott
Tim McDermott

MEC’s cycling sage, he's known for his espresso addiction and ability to drop the entire group on lunch rides.