WHAT WERE SOME OF THE MAIN OBJECTIVES WHEN CREATING THE MOTERRA?
We wanted to create a bike, that rides as well down the mountain and as it does up. Focusing on performance attributes like braking and traction. The Geo should be useable to a wide variety of riders and not be overly aggressive, as we see a lot of rider travel up from Trail bikes or hardtails to longer travel ebikes. Also we wanted to work with Bosch on the bike with their latest drive unit and battery, as the power delivery, range and service are best in class.
WHO DO YOU ENVISION AS THE IDEAL RIDER FOR THIS BIKE?
The Moterra should be ideal for a wide range of riders – from new to MTB to hardcore shredders, those who are done with suffering up climbs to Josh Bryceland. What they will have in common is that they want to ride further and faster up and down. It’s a great bike for a long day out in the mountains riding single trails or quick rips after work.
HOW DIFFERENT ARE THE PARAMETERS FOR DESIGNING AN EMTB COMPARED TO A TRADITIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE? DO YOU HAVE LESS OF A CONCERN ON PEDALING EFFICIENCY AND SEEK TO IMPROVE SUPPLENESS OR DO MOST OF THE SAME PRINCIPLES CARRY OVER?
We surely focus most on traction and braking performance and how we can make this the best. You have two things to consider. One is the higher bike weight and stopping that on the trail and the other one is the climbing capability, which is pretty crazy. So, traction and braking performance are top priority. This means we won’t put a high focus on pedaling efficiency compared to non-ebikes.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT DESIGNING AN EMTB COMPARED TO A MOUNTAIN BIKE?
Fitting it all together. The most complicated thing is that you don’t just have a shock and a water bottle to fit around your perfect kinematic and geometry, but now have to add a big battery, additional cables and a motor, while keeping water bottle compatibility and enough space for a shock and low stand over. This takes a lot of trial and error ‘til it finally works.
WHERE DO YOU SEE THE MOTERRA IN THE FUTURE AS EMTB TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES, WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR FUTURE MOTERRAS?
We generally see a lot of appetite 150-170mm range of travel and want to deliver more ride experiences and price points around that. One of the things, that we are working on is to reach more riders with our bikes, while still also looking into improvements around motor, battery and connectivity to offer riders additional experiences.
Since filming this video, conducting our interview and for the next several months we will be hard at work beating on the Moterra in preparation for our final verdict. We’ll continue passing the bike around to our testers, riding different types of terrain and taking notes on product durability, and performance, so stay tuned for a long term review, but it’s safe to say that as of now we are pretty happy with Cannondale’s Moterra and while we believe it may not be ideal for the most extreme of slacked-out gravity fiends, it is a crowd-pleaser with tons of power and a very snappy geometry that will make tons of trails a lot of fun to ride.