£1599.99 › Can flam­boy­ance com­pete with prac­ti­cal­ity?

Cycling Plus - - ROAD TEST -

Can­non­dale has never shied away from cre­at­ing bikes for all types of rid­ers, what­ever their needs. The brand has been mak­ing this style of hy­brid for a while. The lat­est in­car­na­tion, with its slick-look­ing car­bon frame, is a well thought out pack­age fea­tur­ing some top qual­ity com­po­nents such as the Shi­mano 105 gears.

The first thing we no­ticed was the size of the sweep­ing han­dle­bar on this cow-horned crazy horse, in­stantly mak­ing it feel like a down­hill bike. We got over our ini­tial reser­va­tions of the 66cm bar once we’d given it a go and ac­tu­ally en­joyed the control it of­fers. For town use, and longer week­end rides, we would con­sider cut­ting the bar down, but like the Cube, it’s per­fectly pos­si­ble.

Re­gard­less of bar width the cock­pit on the Quick 1 works well, and there is plenty of room to per­son­alise it with am­ple spac­ers and the abil­ity to flip the stem for a more up­right rid­ing po­si­tion. The funky-look­ing Ergo Per­for­mance lock-on grips are def­i­nitely rider friendly, and the Shi­mano M396 brake levers and RS-700 shifters both sit well around them.

Steer­ing this bike is easy and it feels sta­ble even at high speed, mak­ing it fun to ride and tuck into cor­ners. The ge­om­e­try cre­ates a flam­boy­ance that makes you want to ride fast, yet the car­bon Quick 1 is for­giv­ing with­out any awk­ward quirks or twitch­i­ness to keep it prac­ti­cal. Can­non­dale re­tains its tra­di­tional over­sized tubes but the rounded edges on the an­gu­lar frame take away any harsh­ness to the styling.

There might not be any road vi­bra­tion-ab­sorb­ing gad­gets like Spe­cial­ized’s Fu­ture Shock or Trek’s IsoSpeed, but we never missed them. We had no com­fort is­sues,

For town use, and longer week­end rides, we’d con­sider cut­ting the bar down

even on longer rides, thanks to the Can­non­dale’s road-soak­ing SAVE tech­nol­ogy where the rear stays are de­signed to flex for a com­pli­ant ride. This hap­pens with­out feel­ing slug­gish or like you’re los­ing any power.

It was only when the ter­rain took a turn for the worse or we hit the gravel that we no­ticed any real dif­fer­ence to the afore­men­tioned brands. This may have also been down to the 28mm Sch­walbe Lugano tyres, which are nar­rower than most on test. On the flip side, the Sch­walbes of­fer a good bal­ance of speed and com­fort for road du­ties.

When you look at the en­gine room it’s ob­vi­ous that Can­non­dale specced this bike for the road with the FSA Gos­samar 50/34 com­pact chain­set paired with a Shi­mano 11-28 cas­sette. This won’t be an is­sue for most rid­ers but it doesn’t have the range of some, which might be use­ful in the hills or for off-road rides.

The Can­non­dale is a true hy­brid, bring­ing together the com­pany’s knowl­edge of both road and moun­tain bikes to cre­ate a classy and fun bike to ride. It might not have the ride wid­gets of the Spe­cial­ized or Trek, but it re­mains ex­tremely ca­pa­ble de­liv­er­ing a lively smile-in­duc­ing ride. It will get you to work quickly and in style, yet you can still en­joy the same ride for hours at the week­end with­out get­ting beaten up. You just might want to chop those bars down.

Be­low Shi­mano 105 is a pop­u­lar choice in this price range Bot­tom The Can­non­dale uses a road-ori­en­tated FSA Gos­samer com­pact crankset

HIGHS Qual­ity, for­giv­ing yet lively rid­ing frame, Shi­mano 105, Shi­mano hy­draulic disc brakes LOWS It’s not as sen­si­ble feel­ing as some, bar width, nar­row tyres for off-road use BUY IF You like a flam­boy­ant ride whether it’s rac­ing to work or en­joy­ing week­end miles in com­fort The ge­om­e­try cre­ates a flam­boy­ance that makes you want to ride fast

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