Cannondale Quick Carbon 1

2018
 
5.0 stars
 (7 Reviews)
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Description

The ultimate hybrid bike just got a whole lot faster. Cannondale's Quick Carbon 1 is racing-bike light while maintaining its renowned comfort and ease of use. This versatile roadster is perfect for all your riding fun, from joining group rides and getting in better shape, to tackling charity centuries and everyday commuting. Its full carbon frame and fork naturally soak up road vibrations for a velvety-smooth and lively ride. The 22-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain, FSA cranks, and lightweight Maddux wheels float up hills, while powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes help you keep your speed under control. The ergonomic grips, Cannondale saddle, and upright geometry all contribute to the comfy ride, no matter if it's five blocks or 100 miles.

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Geometry chart

Cannondale Quick Carbon geometry chart

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(7 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great Components  (4)
  • Lightweight  (4)
  • Durable  (4)
  • Fast in city traffic 
  • Handles Well Off-road 
  • Handles extremely well 

Cons

  • Brake Tuning Difficult 
  • Hydraulic Brakes Not Diy 

Best Uses

  • Pavement  (3)
  • Commuting  (2)
  • Light Trail Rides 
  • Touring - Distance Rides 
  • Reduces Back Strain 
  • Urban commutes 

 
5.0
Jul 12, 2017

Pre Purchase Research Pays Off

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road fitness riding, commuting, light off trail
After riding a full suspension mountain bike (Klein) on and off road for 16 years, I finally decided to get a purpose built fitness bike for commuting to work (10 kms) and evening weekend rides. My starting point was finding a bike that was the right fit for me, although I wanted a light bike with good quality gear. I test rode several manufacturer's bikes in the "fitness" category including Cannondale, Specialized and Trek. The Trek was a bit too tight along the top bar making me feel too upright and cramped. The Specialized (carbon) was very light and quick handling, but I felt a bit stretched out on it and didn't care for the swept back handle bars. The Cannondale seemed about right, so I purchased the Quick Carbon 1. In the week or so I've had it, I've been on several rides and am enjoying it more and more with each ride. It is lightweight, has quick steering and the shift mechanism is similarly quick as well as very precise. Brakes have a very good feel and bring the bike to a quick effortless stop with moderate finger pressure and little noise. I haven't experienced any rubbing as mentioned by another reviewer here. The ride quality is exceptional. The bike is stiff when pedaling, but very forgiving over the many road imperfections in my riding area. My bike shop immediately switched the supplied 25 mm x 700 tires to 30 mm x 700 (at no charge) to get a bit more cushion on the road and more versatility on off road trails. I added a pair of Shimano XTR clipless pedals in place of the factory pedals. My only small quibble with the bike is with the rattling noise from the brake and shifter cables that tend to smack into each other on rougher road surfaces, interrupting what is otherwise a serene ride. I fully recommend this bike but if you wanted to save some money, I'm sure the Quick Carbon 2 would be a fine choice. My advice though: shop for the right bike fit first and the brand name second. Having said that, if the Cannondale fits you, get it!
by BobR from Winnipeg, Canada

 
5.0
Mar 02, 2017

I love this bike!!

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I use this for fun ride and fitness and it is super light for a hybrid bike!!
by Cannon-DALE from Alameda

 
5.0
Sep 01, 2014

Agile, Stable, Comfortable = Quick

Pros:
Top quality components, Light responsive, Comfortable Architecture, Fun Ride Experience, Great performance
Cons:
Brake Tuning Difficult, Hydraulic Brakes Not Diy
Best Uses:
Reduces Back Strain, Touring - Distance Rides, Road Bike Alternative, Light Trail Rides, Urban commutes
I'm a life-long/avid cyclist who typically rides high-end road bikes. After back surgery and a year of PT, I was looking for a stright-bar alternative to a road bike but I didn't want to compromise on performance. I find that with bar-ends the more upright posture allows me to ride my normal 15-20 miles/day without causing back strain. The issue has been that the few straight-bar bikes I've tried have really been mountain bikes with road wheels. They've had mountain bike gearing and components and simply don't perform like a road bike. This bike is at the opposite end of that spectrum; it's a high-quality road bike with straight bars. It's a fun, comfortable, powerful ride. The gearing, high-end components, beautiful carbon frame with SAVE stays, and architecture all lend to a road bike feel and performance. The only complaint I have is the use of hydraulic and not mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulics are a must for hard-core mountain and trail rides. But I'll argue that this bike is more a road bike that will handle a light trail, but with the 700x28c tires I'd be VERY careful riding any non-paved trails. I actually cannot ever see riding this bike on anything but pavement. Mechanical discs on a road application still outperform rim brakes. I wish this bike had been loaded with mechanicals; the fussy (need special tools and experience) hydraulic brakes are a complication I don't want. I will be replacing them with mechanicals and I imagine the bike will ride better once I do. The hydraulics rub no matter what I do and the lack of adjustment capability on them is frustrating. I don't want to buy a whole new slate of special tools (bleed kits, etc...) and then have to take the time to hassle with the oil and learning how to adjust them. Yet neither do I want to have to haul my bike to my dealer for an adjustment every few weeks; the mechanicals I am ordering are fully adjustable - with dials on the caliper! That aside, everything from the seat & post to the stem, bars, gears, rims, etc... is simply stellar. It's not the sort of bike you buy and immediately start looking at the parts you want to replace. This one comes with everything a die-hard gear-head would want. I think it's really the ultimate in fitness/urban/commuter bikes... and I rode/tested several top carbon-bodied straight bar models from other top road-bike makers. The Quick Carbon 1 was more expensive but was head and shoulders above the others regarding the quality of the parts and the enjoyment/performance/comfort of the ride.
by Dr-Hyde from Santa Barbara, CA

 
5.0
Jan 25, 2012

Excellent Upright Geometry Road Bike

Pros:
Lightweight, Great Components, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Commuting, Pavement
I would call this bike a "Rybrid" i.e. a cross between a road bike and a hybrid. It is fast, light, and a pleasure to ride and to look at. I was a C* rider with my Trek Fx 7.5 and this bike alone added about 3 mph and allowed me to join B rides. It is not difficult to maintain 15mph overall and 17mph on the flats with this bike. I took several trial rides to compare this bikes speed and handling with the "relaxed" road bikes made by Cervello and Cannondale. The small decrement in power transfer compared to a road bike that you may give up due to the upright geometry is more than compensated by the safety and comfort of the upright position. Beware that if you purchase this bike and go on group rides you will encounter at least one person every day who will ask something like "What is that? That is some cool looking bike"
by Malachi from Rockland County, New York

 
5.0
Oct 15, 2011

Holy S#!~ Batman!!!

Pros:
Durable, Great Components, Fast in city traffic, Handles Well Off-road, Handles extremely well, Light as a feather, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Perfect City Bike
I take this bike from Financial District to George Washington Bridge and Back in about an hour twenty minutes on West Side Highway bike path (approx 24 miles.) It is smooth, excellerates quick past mindless rent a bike riders and is quite nimble navigating around smart phone talking tourists that wonder unconsciously into the bike path near The Intrepid on 42 nd street. You can really appreciate the acceleration and handling in rapid city traffic where your life is at stake....superb stopping power...excellent exceleration from a red light stand still...absorbs street vibration beautifully even on cold days no buzzing fingers after dismount. I was going to sell this bike after a year of getting into shape and buy a lighter, faster racing bike in the $5000-$7000 range but in the city this bike is so versatile from central park to west side highway to Tribeca cobble stone streets that I can't bring myself to part with it.
by ArthurAdams from New York City

 
4.0
Jun 13, 2011

great bike

Pros:
Great Components, Lightweight, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Long recreational rides, Pavement
great bike
by bbq from vancouver bc

 
5.0
Sep 17, 2010

Carbon quick 1

Pros:
Durable, Lightweight, Great Components
Cons:
Best Uses:
Pavement, Commuting
Great bike. Handles well. Very comfotable. I am very happy with this bike.
by Ariz240 from Tucson AZ

Specifications

Frame
Quick Full Carbon G2, SAVE, BB30
Fork
Quick Si G2, Carbon, 1-1/8"
Headset
Tange Si 1-1/8"
Rims/Wheels
Maddux DC3.0 Disc, double wall, 32-hole
Hubs
Alloy Disc, sealed, loose ball bearings, QR, 32h
Spokes
Stainless, 14g
Tires
Schwalbe Lugano 700x28c
Crankset
FSA Gossamer Compact
Chainrings
50/34
Bottom Bracket
FSA BB30
Chain
KMC X11, 11-speed
Front Derailleur
Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur
Shimano 105, 11-speed
Cassette/Rear Cogs
Shimano 105, 11-28, 11-speed
Shifters
Shimano RS-700, 2x11
Handlebars
Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 660mm, 3deg rise, 10deg sweep
Tape/Grips
Cannondale Ergo Performance, Lock-On
Stem
Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 12deg
Brake Levers
Shimano M396 hydro disc
Brakes
Shimano M396 hydro disc, 160/160mm
Pedals
Cannondale Fitness Reinforced Composite
Saddle
Cannondale Quick Ergo Performance
Seat Post
Cannondale C3, 6061 Alloy, 27.2x350mm