Cannondale Moterra SL 2 Review

  • 7999 €
  • Carbon
  • Shimano EP801
  • 160 mm
  • 601 WH
  • 150 mm
  • 2024
  • 29 / 27,5 Mullet"
The Moterra SL 2 makes an ambitious attempt at merging what no manufacturer has achieved so far. Despite packing a full-power motor, Cannondale is fully committed to the principle of lightweight construction.
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In the automotive and motorcycle world, Japan has always had a reputation for being a breeding ground for excellent engines. Shimano is doing its utmost to live up to this reputation in the e-bike world with the EP801 engine. Even nasty steep sections are effortlessly climbed by the motor. The Shimano EP801 conveys a riding feeling. The short range unfortunately limits the tour radius quite significantly. The battery is securely attached to the down tube and cannot be removed for charging or storage.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the Moterra SL 2 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (8000) .

A good chassis sits in rugged terrain and generates plenty of traction. That's exactly what the good Fox chassis in the Moterra SL 2 hits. Especially for heavy riders, the Cannondale brakes could be a problem. With four pistons they only decelerate averagely. Taking a holistic approach also includes looking at the gearing and components. The components are of good qualtiy and offer no reason for criticism here. The handling of the bike is pleasantly balanced due to the moderate geometry. This allows you to intuitively control the bike over the trails. The bottom bracket is high, which costs handling points. This tends to make the rider stand on the bike. On other EMTBs it feels better integrated. Overall, the geometry does not seem to be up to date anymore. The competition is significantly more modern in this regard.

Value for money

If you are keen on value for money, this is your chart. It shows you at a glance how much bike you get for 7999 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Cannondale Moterra SL 2

The Moterra SL 2 is a great climber. With a good groupset, long tours in the on insanely technical trails are enjoyable. However, there is also a bitter pill to swallow with a weak range and a middle ground motor. A generous warranty also speaks of sustainable business practices. With 25 years of warranty, Cannondale sets the bar high!
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Cannondale Moterra SL 2 Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

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SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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SM
MD
LG
XL
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Wheelsize
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29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
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Stack
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630
639
648
657
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Reach
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420
445
470
505
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Top Tube Length
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565
592
619
656
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Seat Tube Length
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380
400
445
490
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Seat Tube Angle
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77
77
77
77
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Head Tube Length
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115
125
135
145
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Head Tube Angle
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63
63
63
63
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Bottom Bracket Drop
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3
3
3
3
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Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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335
335
335
335
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Chainstay Length
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449
449
453
458
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Wheelbase
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1219
1248
1283
1327
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Standover Height
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738
737
732
742
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  • Motor Shimano EP801
  • Display SC-EM800
  • Battery 601
  • Frame Moterra Neo SL, Series 1 Carbon construction, 150mm travel, Proportional Response Tuned Suspension, FlexPivot Chainstay, direct mount internal battery, engineered plastic skid plate, 55mm chainline, DirectLine internal cable routing, 29” FlipChip, 148x12m
  • Frame Material Carbon
  • Fork Fox Performance 36, 160mm travel, Grip Damper, 3-position adjust, 15x110mm Kabolt thru-axle, tapered steerer, 44mm offset
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Damper Fox Float X Performance Elite, 2 pos adj, EVOL LV, 210x55mm
  • Gearrange 510%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever Shimano Deore M6100, 12-speed
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
  • Crank e*thirteen e*spec Plus, 165mm, 34T
  • Cassette Shimano Deore 6100, 10-51, 12-speed
  • Chain Shimano Deore 6100, 12-spee
  • Brake Set Magura MT5 4-piston hydraulic disc w/ Storm HC 203mm, 6-bolt rotors
  • Brake Rotors 203/203
  • Rims Stans Arch MK4, 32H, tubeless ready
  • Front Hub Formula DC-71132h, 15x110mm
  • Rear Hub DT Swiss 370 Hybrid, 32h, 12x148mm
  • Tires Front Maxxis DHF, 29x2.5 ", 2C, EXO, tubeless ready
  • Tires Rear Maxxis Dissector , 27.5x2.4", 2C, EXO, tubeless ready
  • Saddle Fizik Terra Ridon X5, 145mm, Wingflex, S-Alloy Mobius rail 7x7mm
  • Seat Post Cannondale DownLow Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 150mm (S), 170mm (M-XL)
  • Stem Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 0°
  • Handle Bar Cannondale 3 Riser, 6061 Alloy, 15mm rise, 8° sweep, 4° rise, 780mm
  • Handle Bar Width 780
  • Head Set Acros Adjustable Angle (1.2°)
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