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The Quick series of bicycles from Cannondale is easily the most popular hybrid series in the market today. With a wide range of bicycles in the Quick series from full alloy to carbon frames, these bicycles have been successful models for quite a few years now. We got the opportunity to test ride the Cannondale Quick 8 (2017) and here is what we thought.
The Cannondale Quick 8 is built on an alloy smart formed C3 hybrid frame. Cannondale provides 2 types of frame build, the premium SmartFormed Alloy and standard Optimized Alloy. The Quick 8 frame’s SmartForm construction technique delivers an incredibly precise wall thickness distribution and tube shapes, concentrating material exactly where needed to maximize stiffness and strength, while shaving every last unnecessary gram from the structure. Furthermore, the double-pass smooth welds create the strongest possible joints, and the post-weld, heat-treated process creates a true uni-body finished structure. The chromoly rigid forks are also built and shaped using the same heating process making it lightweight.
The Quick series of bicycles are known for its simplistic design and the Quick 8 (2017) does not disappoint. The bicycle which I test rode came in a full black colour with red graphics at a few places. The quality of the matte finish paint job is amazing and makes the bicycle look classy. In case you are looking to find the model name of the bicycle, the 8 is mentioned in the bottom of the seat tube under the front derailleur clamp. The Cannondale Quick 8 (2017) is aesthetically great and is sure to make heads turn on the road.
Gearing is an important part of a hybrid bicycle. The Quick 8 (2017) is equipped with the Shimano Tourney at the front and Shimano Acera at the rear. During the test ride I put the gearing through rigorous tests with constant gear changes. Like most hybrids the Quick 8’s derailleurs are also MTB components. These help in the minor elevation gains and the Acera at the back is useful for the quick acceleration on urban roads. The Tourney at the front is a bit slower to react when compared to the Acera rear derailleur. The Shimano ST-EF41, EZ Fire shifters were a standard gear shifting mechanism, which was simple and easy to use.
The Cannondale Mini V Brakes on the Quick 8 are powerful. During the test ride on dry conditions and amidst moderate city traffic these brakes worked well. The stopping power was balanced and felt safe even when braking on turns at high speeds. When the conditions get wet these brakes aren’t going to perform up to the same level. A mechanical disc brake at this price is something I would expect to have on my bicycle.
A hybrid bicycle which is meant to be ridden fast and to maneuver in traffic needs a good handlebar. The Cannondale C4 6061 alloy handlebar is lengthy with perfectly padded grips.
The Duro 7077 hybrid tires on the Quick 8 (2017) are 700C x 35C. These tires are not just bigger in circumference but the treads are also hard rubber which makes the tires roll over bad roads and pot holes with ease. During the test ride this lightweight wheel set was fast.
The Cannondale fitness Ergo saddle was perfect in shape with an ergonomical design which will keep you free from saddle soreness on both fast and longer rides. The overall ride quality was fast and a little teeth jittering.
This bicycle has a comfortable frame geometry and fast rolling tires for a great ride quality on urban conditions. The engineering technology which has gone behind the design of this bicycle is evident in the riding posture and smoothness of pedaling. Component wise this bicycle might feel a little over priced for what is being offered. If you are someone looking to buy a bicycle for fitness or commuting on the weekdays and long and fast rides on the weekends then the Cannondale Quick 8 (2017) is a suitable choice to consider.