With the new Tesoro Neo SL EQ Cannondale expands its range of slim and lightweight e-bikes by a new model series. But connoisseurs certainly immediately notice the proximity to the already available Quick Neo SL, which we have already tested here.
And indeed, both models share some similarities: In addition to the aluminum frame with carbon fork, the electric drive is also identical: the quite popular Mahle X35 system is used here, consisting of a compact hub motor in the rear wheel with 40 Nm of torque and a permanently installed battery in the down tube with 250 Wh capacity.
However, an innovation can be seen in the operation of the drive: in the new Tesoro Neo SL, in addition to the minimalist button on the top tube, there is also the compact iWoc Trio button on the handlebars, which makes it much easier to control the motor. A small, but quite important feature — especially since you change the speed levels of the drive system (due to the lack of torque sensor) more frequently.
Shifting is on the Tesoro Neo SL EQ with a 10-speed Advent X derailleur from MicroShift, the cassette with 11-48 teeth thereby covers a pleasantly wide range, which helps noticeably when driving on the mountain. The hydraulic disc brakes are from Tektro, here the M275 model is used. As tires Vittoria’s Terreno Zero with 35 mm width are mounted.
The equipment is completed by mudguards, a rear rack, kickstand and a full-fledged lighting system — fortunately, they refrain from installing only a taillight as in the already mentioned Quick Neo SL.
With the Remixte variant Cannondale offers the new Tesoro Neo SL also as a comfort frame in trapezoid shape, of course, in addition to the classic diamond frame. The latter is available in three sizes (S to L), the Remixte frame in two sizes (S and M), both only in the Black Pearl paint with Cannondale’s clever reflective details.
However, the best comes at the end: 2,499 euros is the price of the new Tesoro Neo SL bikes, which is quite a favorable offer — which proves not only a look at the competitors. Even Cannondale itself charges the same price for the Quick Neo SL models mentioned, although these offer noticeably less equipment.