Cannondale Quick 8 review

Minimalist urban ride

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£699.99 RRP

Our review

Nippy, comfortable, neat handling and maintenance-light
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Perhaps wisely, Cannondale have chosen to use the Quick name on a commuting bike rather than a time trial machine. Call a bike that’s only purpose in life is going fast ‘Quick’ and you open it, and more likely its owners, up to ridicule when they roll in just behind the tortoise. On a practical machine being Quick is simply a bonus.

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The Quick 8 is a versatile bike that’s best suited to the hurly-burly of the day-to-day commute. While its eight-speed hub gear limits its long-distance credentials, it does make it an attractive option for the ‘greasophobe’. There’s a dash of fun in there too for messing about on towpaths and hardpacked trails at the weekend.

  • Frame: Cannondale do good alloy – 6061 neatly finished and pretty smooth (8/10)
  • Handling: Good around town – nippy and accurate. Sharp response adds enjoyment (8/10)
  • Equipment: Nexus hub is great for commuting but isn’t as versatile once the distance and gradient increases. Own-brand kit does the job (7/10)
  • Wheels: Built for everyday strength and reliability rather than outright speed (7/10)

For actual speed, the Quick is hampered by its relative sparsity of gears. Hub gears, like the eight-speed Shimano Nexus here, are finding their way onto more and more affordable urban runabouts and if you don’t want to get your hands dirty then they make a lot of sense. They also make a lot of sense if your riding tends to be stop-start – being able to change while standing still is a proper bonus.

The eight speeds offered by the Nexus should prove enough to those living in all but the hilliest areas, but if you’re used to more then you’ll likely find them a bit gappy and spend a lot of time twisting the bar-mounted shifter to find the right ratio.  Also, as with any hub gear, there’s a weight penalty.

The back wheel of the Quick weighs almost 3.5kg and to anyone used to a traditional rear end, it feels as if it needs more of an effort from standstill to get moving. Once going though, the 36-spoke three-cross pattern wheels roll smoothly and the chunky tyres help soak up bumps.

As well as an aluminium frame, the Cannondale also has an aluminium fork, the Fatty. While this doesn’t have the same road buzz-damping properties as a carbon fork, the bike is still comfortable enough for most townscapes.

Returning to the quick theme – well, Cannondale started it – speed doesn’t just have to refer to forward momentum of course. Handling can be quick too, and perhaps this is what Cannondale is referring to. Certainly, the Quick 8 is at home darting in and out of traffic – confident and positive. We like it.

The Cannondale makes a nod towards off-roading – its Schwalbe CX Comp tyres offer decent levels of grip on looser surfaces, but roll quickly and smoothly on the road – and it can also turn its hand to longer riding duties. There are rack mounts both front and rear should you get bitten by the (light) touring bug, and if the Avid Single Digit 5 V-brakes don’t do it for you when laden there are disc brake mounts.

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The limited gearing is likely to discourage bigger trips, but to be honest the Quick is unashamedly a commuting bike and if your riding is mainly urban, the distances aren’t excessive and the inclines shallow, then the Quick is easy to recommend.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Quick 8 (10)
Brand Cannondale

Description Tyres: Schwalbe CX Comp 700 x 35
Rear Wheel Weight 3310
Top Tube (cm) 57.5
Standover Height (cm) 83
Seat Tube (cm) 51
Chainstays (cm) 44.3
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 29
Spoke Type 36 DT stainless spokes 3-cross f/r
Weight (lb) 25.8
Weight (kg) 11.71
Stem Cannondale C3 alloy stem, adjustable, 4-bolt o/s bar clamp, 2-bolt 1 1/8in steerer
Shifters Shimano Nexus 8 Revo-Shift
Seatpost Cannondale C3 forged alloy, 31.6mm x 350mm, 2 lateral bolt forged seat clamp
Seat Angle 72.5
Saddle Cannondale by Velo, padded vinyl with rubberised cutaways, steel rails
Rims Box-section alloy rims, stainless eyelets,
Rear Hub standard ball and cone, contact seals
Available Sizes 48 52 56 60 cm
Fork Weight 917
Bottom Bracket Alloy adjustable eccentric, sealed cartridge BB, square taper, alloy cups
Brakes Avid Single Digit 5 Vs, Cannondale levers
Cassette Shimano steel 18t cog
Chain KMC 1/2in x 1/8in
Cranks Truvativ Five D forged alloy square taper, 175mm arms, 42t 4-bolt steel ring
Fork Fatty aluminium unicrown, forged dropouts, bonded alloy 1 1/8in steerer
Frame Material Smooth-welded, butted, shaped 6061 alu, forged dropouts.
Rear Derailleur Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal hub
Frame Weight 1985
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Front Hub standard ball and cone, contact seals
Front Wheel Weight 1544
Handlebar Cannondale C3 alloy riser, 60cm, oversized clamp zone
Head Angle 71
Wheelbase (cm) 105.3