Cannondale Moto Carbon Freeride Full Suspension

4.6/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

Pick the adjective of choice for the Moto: Burly. Brawny. Beautiful. Bump-aliscious. For all-mountain riders on steeper terrain, the Moto shines. Revolutionary floating shock technology gobbles up baby-head sized rocks, and delivers premium suspension performance. Ultra-stiff bottom bracket shell resists torsional stress and the sloppy flex that takes away from the riding experience.

Available as Moto Carbon 1, Moto Carbon 2, or Moto Carbon 3

Read the Pro Review on the Cannondale Moto 2 Here>>


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Braden B a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2012

Strengths:    every aspect of the bike and its abilities amaze me.
frame geo and suspension are very confidence inspiring


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have owned a bunch of different riding style bikes over the years and finally decided i wanted a doit all bike. I got the moto frame and built it up with strength in mind while also trying to stay as low weight as possible. What I ended up with is a bike that i can keep up with the race guys on XC tracks aswell as with the DH guys(Ontario DH mind you). Although the suspension is extremely plush it always stays well planted with very little pedal bob if any, even when cranking up hills. It manages to soak up anything sticking 2-3 inches out of the ground, and if you have the front and rear set up well it will rail corners. I rarely activate the propedal and never turn down the travel in my fork, and the bike still manages some pretty gnarly climbs like an XC bike. Best bike I've ever owned.

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Favorite Trail:   garbonzo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike

Similar Products Used:   Transition Blindside in terms of how it feels in FR and DH use.
Marin quad xm in terms of its climbing accelerating abilities.


Bike Setup:   Talas R, Deemax's, Xo dh cranks, xo derailleur, elixir cr brakes
Bike weight only 27.5lbs with deemax's!!! not bad

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fredjjjj a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2010

Strengths:    Solid and stiff for most downhill riding, but
light enough to maneuver on climbs and tight pedalling.


Weaknesses:    Carbon frame finish subject to chipping.
Mylar protection needed.


Bottom Line:   
Configured for all mountain riding it's a bit heavy overall.
(32.5 lbs), but rock solid on the downhills.
Lack of 1-1/8 headset adaptor is a definite miss from Cannondale! Could be a much more versatile bike with a
wider range of fork selections.

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Favorite Trail:   All of the North Shore

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Specialized S-Works Enduro, Ellsworth Joker.

Bike Setup:   Frame with Fox5, Sherman 150 fork, XTR cranks,
DT Swiss 4.2 wheels, Magura Marta brakes, Rase seatpost,
X9 drivetrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gtm.igr a Weekend Warrior from Denver, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2009

Strengths:    Weight, Suspension, Geometry

Weaknesses:    Too noisy in rough DH. Continental tubeless are worthless

Bottom Line:   
Incredibly fast. Easy to maneuver. Great suspension for climbing and DH.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine rim-UT, Pine Valley-CO, Villarica Volcano Chile

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $7000.00

Purchased At:   Treads Cannondale De

Similar Products Used:   Cannodale Prophet

Bike Setup:   Factory with Maxxis tubeless

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hotel12 a Weekend Warrior from Finland

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009

Strengths:    Rear end eats every bump
Front end stiffness
Build quality
Looks
Joplin
Life time warranty


Weaknesses:    Hmm.. Maybe little twangy on rear end
Nervous handling on slow speed technical terrain.Maybe because of 60mm stem.
High bb takes use to it.
It bops but just turn pro pedal and it is gone.


Bottom Line:   
I had Jekyll 1000 for 5 years and I felt I want to try more burlier xc/am bike. My bike weights 13.9kg with nobby nic snake skin 2.4 tires. I'am going to change to a tubeless. I like bikes handling and it eats every root, bump etc. It is really plush. Dt swiss 1750 are light but strong and allthough my jekyll was under 13kg I'am not any slower with moto. I can go more difficult places with moto than jekyll and with more speed. I like talas travel adjust and dhx air pro pedal adjust. I use them quite a lot especially on flat tarmac sections. Rear end is a bit on soft ride but I think it is just to take just to it. Offcourse it is stiffer than jekyll. I love joplin adjustment and its suits to this bike very well. Talas 36 is siff and lots of adjustability.
Bottom line is that it is modern full suspension bike and I'am quicker on places where jekyll coughs.Anyone who hasn't try formula one brakes, they are suberb.Lots of power with 180 rotor and modulation.

Ride on!!

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Favorite Trail:   Every trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Similar Products Used:   Jekyll for 5 years.Tested intense tracer vp, Pivot mach 5&firebird. Raced on dh with perp.

Bike Setup:   Medium stock model 1 2008 but I changed brakes to a Formula one gm edition.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dirtyhabit a Weekend Warrior from Pa.

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2009

Strengths:    Climbs like a XC bike yet bombs the downhill. Plush, yet no bobs when climbing. Wicked fast in the tight twisty stuff.

Weaknesses:    a bit pricey.
The continental tires are worthless.


Bottom Line:   
Cannondale could not have selected a better name for their new high end Carbon all-mountain bike. Though lightweight and nimble, the Moto attacks any terrain like a motocross bike, holding it's line in rugged descents, and railing fast sweeping singletracks.
I recently rode the bike on a two-week trip in Western U.S. at many epic destinations including Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City, NV, St. George, UT, Gooseberry Mesa, Moab, Fruita, and Grand Junction, CO. Conditions ranged from fast and flowy in Fruita, to technical and steep at Bootleg. The Moto never faltered.

One of the first things I noticed on the bike is how quickly and easily it accelerates. The lightweight bike offers no resistance to pedal power. Secondly, the carbon frame matched with Fox suspension tames the trails, almost making small bumps and normal roughness go unnoticed. The Fox suspension is extremely smooth and supple, from small bumps and chatter to bigger hits, jumps, and drops. With the engagement of the Pro Pedal on the Fox Shock, climbing is almost fun, as the bike wastes no time powering it's way up hills. The 36 Talas fork is also easily turned down for a better climbing experience.

The trails I rode on the first couple days of the trip were generally fast, smooth and flowy. I was impressed at how well the Moto handled, whether cornering in soft dirt or holding it's line on fast, all-out pedal sections. The SRAM X-O drivetrain is crisp and responsive, and the Avid brakes are always there when you need them, though they will somewhat annoyingly offer a "squeaky" reminder that you can only go so fast.

I think I put the bike to a good test on a few black diamond downhill runs at Bootleg Canyon. It's amazing that the same bike I had just ridden on an epic all-mountain all-day ride was handling black diamond trails like a downhill bike! Just drop the seat, open the fork and the Moto blazes over the boulders, soaks up the drops, and holds steady in the technical loose-over-hardpack that Bootleg is famous for.

This bike is the perfect choice for an aggressive rider who wants one bike that can do it all, and do it well.

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Favorite Trail:   Havent tried em all yet

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   nothing compares

Bike Setup:   mostly stock with Maxxis rubber

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