Just back from a tough week , demo riding the 2017 Cannondale Cujo 3, and cooking my own tea.
In between the day job.
Its your fairly basic spec 27.5+ fat tyred hardtail.
Burly aluminium frame , with a Shimano 2x9 ( 9x2 ? , 18 speed ) drivetrain.
If you are looking for a decent , fuss free mountainbike , that is pretty versatile , this is worth considering.
Grip from the tyres is awesome , and the large volume goes a long way to increasing comfort/ offroad capability.
The overall diameter is about the same as a 29er , so it bobs along very nicely.
They are the type of bike that are nipping at the heels of a full susser , with less maintenance issues.
I've been up on the Cumbrian coast with work , so its been an evening antidote to the days travails.
Nothing too hardcore , but with the tyre pressure low , I did some pebble-y beach stupidity , and then , pumped up harder , some roadie / offroad hoofs , taking in the ridiculous climb up to St Bees cliffs , for a sunset view of Snaefell.
Bike performed flawlessly.
I walked a bit. It was SO steep , the front wheel was lifting .
Its important to get the tyres right on these bikes.
I've had some that are less than good , and replacements are dearer than a ' regular ' MTB .
Fortunately then , these seem pretty good.
Not great in mud , but thats more to do with the width , than anything else. They float on top.
Lovely serene place.
Last night , on the road to St Bees , I was passed by one car.
Heading back , in the other direction an hour or so later , one car.
The same one.
I hit 40odd MPH . Which was tasty.
Not as tasty as my Tuna/Pasta/Pesto bullshit, though.
This bike is available to demo via your local friendly bike retailer , Alans Bikes.
For details , call the shop on 01942826598.
I cant really fault it.
The bars are a modern width. i.e./too wide.
Its an entry level (£750) bike , that you can do " proper " MTBing on , that isnt out of place knocking out some miles.Cannondale 2017 Cujo 3 27 Plus Mountain Bike Neon Spring
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OK so I've ridden a CAADX for the past few years, mostly as a commuter with a bit of hard-surface off-road and I went straight from a 2016 Sora to a 2017 Sora so I can make a direct comparison between the two.
First off the '17 has a long-awaited frame and fork upgrade with internal cable routing and it just looks a lot more modern, as the old frame was getting a bit long in the tooth compared to the competition.
As far as the ride goes, it immediately feels shorter in the front and certainly climbs really well. The new shifters too feel considerably better. For a Sora equipped bike, shifting is superb. If you are a groupies snob who won't go with anything below 105 I urge you to try one of these, the action is superb.
This year they switched the venerable Sammy Slick tyres for the Rapid Rob which have proper off road capability and despite their knobby appearance are actually smooth on the road. You can only feel the tread while cornering but ultimately if you used these on the road all the time you'd wear the tread down. No problem with us of course because we offer a no-cost option of the Sammy Slick if you prefer, or most of our customers pay the difference to upgrade to Marathon Plus for the extra puncture protection.
Everything else worked superb, the saddle I swapped out for a Fabric Scoop, as the stock one just doesn't have any flex in the base. Maybe some gel bar tape for comfort but everything worked spot on.
The CAADX Sora retails at £899.99, please contact us for a quote either for an outright purchase or a cycle scheme. Any questions call ion store or phone us on 01942 826598.
This 51cm test bike as shown here is available at just £699.99.
Just got your bike out of the shed and the seat is less than pristine after being stored over winter? Then you should get yourself down to 47-49 Wallgate as soon as can you can to get a genuine GT saddle - suitable for road, mountain or hybrid bikes - on sale for just 10 quid!