I've Just Discovered the Cannondale Quick!

By: Stephen Tern


For a while now I've been trying to find a bike to match my actual style of riding:-
" Although I like to cover the miles on the road, a real road bike with drop handlebars and an uncomfortable saddle wouldn't be right. I commute to the office by bike, so want something relaxing that will also carry a bit of luggage. Mudguards are vital as well - I can't turn up at the office covered in mud.
" Although I like to take the odd trip along a track or path, I appreciate that a mountain bike would not be suitable as the thick tyres make riding on the tarmac just very hard - which is where I aim to do most of my riding.
There's certainly no lack of choice in the market, with many suppliers trying to get a share of the action. So researching the marketplace is not easy. Most bikes I looked at just didn't suit at all - nearly all of them didn't have the right design approach They were okay for casual riding. But they just did not have the speed I was after. Then someone pointed out the Cannondale Quick .
Clearly one glance at the bikes in the Quick collection was enough to tell me that I had discovered the right bike:-
" Light alloy frame, evidently designed with speed in mind. The bikes higher up the range have carbon forks too.
" Lots of gears to help me up the hills on the way to work. The bikes at the top of the range even have road-bike gear components- something not often found on a hybrid bike.
" Easy-to-use brakes - powerful V-brakes which need minimal upkeep, in contrast to the disc brakes you so frequently find.
" The wheels on the higher models are just stunning - the paired-spoke arrangement straight out of road-bike territory. OK, a regular arrangement with more spokes will be stronger, but these are just fine for road riding.
" The prices are not bad. It's true that there are cheaper bikes available. The Quick range starts at approximately 600. If you have the funds, you can spend up to 1100 - slightly beyond my price range I have to admit.
So following all this Online research, I went along to the local stockist to try one out. I chose a model from roughly the middle of the range, as it seemed to tick all the boxes. But at the same time not too expensive for me.
The trial ride was a revelation. The bike felt steady, yet sprightly and nimble. Road vibration was not at all noticeable, thanks to the carbon forks, and the saddle and handlebars made for a very comfortable riding position, ideal for extended trips. Gear selection was very slick, with a decent selection of ratios for hill-climbing.
I could see that this was a bike that I would look forward to riding home following a hard day at work.
I didn't hesitate. The order was placed. I'm going to have to wait a week or so, but the wait is sure to be worth it.

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You can read more about the Cannondale Quick range together with alternatives such as the Specialized Sirrus at Tern Cycling Reviews.

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