Here at Cheap-Cycling.co.uk we pride ourselves on putting the best budget bikes to the test, putting them through their paces and giving our opinions on why they are (or indeed are not) worth the money you pay for them.
We know that commuters don’t always wants a bicycle with a hefty price tag, but instead value a low cost, but great value for money run around which is going to get them to work safely and not let them down.
In this quest we took leading bike brand Cannondale’s Quick 7 2018 hybrid bike out for a spin. With a focus on commuter practicality, here’s what we thought:
Cannondale is an American business founded in 1971. In that time they have climbed to be an industry leader, manufacturing bikes from entry level through to elite set ups.
The Quick 7 comes in at the low end of their price scale but at the top of ours, costing £499.99. There is nothing special to see in terms of styling – if you were asked to imagine a generic road bike, it is likely you would imagine the straight lines and flat handlebars of this bike. But for the budget commuter, practicality takes precedence over looking flashy, and on that front this bike certainly delivers.
We have to admit, the weight of the bike, coming in at a relatively weighty 12.08kg (medium) surprised us. However, there is something about the tuning of this bike that makes it feel more nimble than you would expect at that weight. We found gentle hills surprisingly easy, although that could equally be down to the 24 gears available to cycle through.
Cannondale also haven’t skimped on the components of this bike, including Shimano front and rear derailleurs and shifters. We also really liked the Cannondale ergo performance lock on grips, a feature often overlooked in commuter bikes where a lot of pressure goes through the hands.
This goes to show how Cannondale have paid attention to the real practicalities of this bike. We also found the Cannondale ergo fitness seat to be significantly more comfortable than other entry level commuter bikes, again a welcome addition to those travelling long distances into work.
Finally, the Cannondale Quick 7 comes with Cannondale Mini V cartridge pads and Kenda K192, 700 x 35c tyres – both contributing to good stopping power which is reassuring for those travelling on busy roads.
But is it any good?
To put it simply – yes, it is.
This bike is a great option for those taking on regular, but not too challenging, commutes. The small details such as ergonomic seat, grips and Shimano parts make it a smooth and easy ride.
So should I buy it?
If you want a hardwearing, budget bike with a few special features that make it great for commuting then this set up is perfect for you.
However, if you are tackling anything substantially steep on your commute we would recommend maybe looking at a lighter option.
How much is it?
Where can I buy it?
Full technical specification
Frame: Quick, Butted 6061 Alloy, SAVE, 1-1/8″ headtube
Rear Shock: Quick, Cromoly, 1-1/8″ steerer
Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus, 31.8 clamp
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera, 8-speed
Number of Gears: 24
Shifters: Shimano EF51, EZ-Fire
Chain set: Shimano M-131, 48/38/28
Bottom Bracket: Tange Cartridge
Cassette: Shimano HG-31 11-32, 8speed
Chain: KMC Z51, 8-speed
Brakeset: Cannondale Mini V, Cartridge Pads
Handlebars: Cannondale C4, 6061 alloy, 20mm rise,10 deg sweep, 640mm
Stem: Cannondale, 6061 alloy, 31.8, 12 deg
Headset: FSA Si 1-1/8″
Grips: Cannondale Ergo Performance, Lock-On
Rims: Cannondale C4, double wall, 32-hole
Hubs: Alloy, sealed, loose ball bearings, QR, 32h
Tyres: Kenda K192, 700 x 35c
Saddle: Cannondale Fitness Ergo
Seatpost: Cannondale C4, 6061 Alloy, 27.2x350mm
Weight: 12.08 kg (Medium)