Cannondale Contro 2 (2016) hybrid bike RRP 1500, now for £750  + £100 worth of free clothing @ Evans cycles
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Cannondale Contro 2 (2016) hybrid bike RRP 1500, now for £750 + £100 worth of free clothing @ Evans cycles

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Found 25th Jul 2017
So it's last year's model that they're getting rid of, but it's half its RRP, it has disc brakes, hub gears and a lefty fork.

Also comes with the rack as standard.

The specs read like a who's who of buying a nice commuter bike.

EDIT: Possible 2% cashback through Quidco - thanks Johnnystorm




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Cold, half the fork is missing.
That is one ugly bike
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That looks great. Quidco possible too.
This ticks most boxes for me, very tempted!
Cold, half the fork is missing.
I get why this is so expensive, I mean it doesn't have a 105 groupset?
I personally wouldn't pay that much for a commuter, because you can get better MTB/Road bikes for the money. But if you are just after a commuter it's not a bad deal with the Alfine etc, should. low maintenance as well.
gta1519 m ago

I get why this is so expensive, I mean it doesn't have a 105 groupset?

Hub gearing is completely different.
tempting

https://static.evanscycles.com/production/bikes/hybrid-bikes/product-image/969-638/cannondale-contro-2-2016-hybrid-bike-grey-EV297609-7000-1.jpg
rodman

tempting



FYI that's the right picture, but the video link you have added to the main post is a different model.
If the T1000 was to mimick a bike...
wild_quinine

FYI that's the right picture, but the video link you have added to the … FYI that's the right picture, but the video link you have added to the main post is a different model.



Noticed, the one in the video has a rear derailleur which should be this one,

evanscycles.com/can…610
What a weird looking bike. Design flourishes do seem illogical from an engineering perspective.
Can't get my head round the back end, just been out on my lefty f29 great bikes
Does look a weird one. Only thing missing is the dynamo/integrated lights, but I guess most people choose their own anyway?
tek-monkey

Does look a weird one. Only thing missing is the dynamo/integrated … Does look a weird one. Only thing missing is the dynamo/integrated lights, but I guess most people choose their own anyway?



And no pedals
That is one ugly bike
tek-monkey20 m ago

Does look a weird one. Only thing missing is the dynamo/integrated …Does look a weird one. Only thing missing is the dynamo/integrated lights, but I guess most people choose their own anyway?




There isn't a dynamo hub available for the lefty fork I don't think, so you'd struggle to add one.

The Contro 1 had dynamo lights powered from the front hub (Shimano DH-S501), and it used a completely different fork (Fatty DL50).

You can still see that here: evanscycles.com/can…608
packard4 m ago

And no pedals



Reports on the site suggest it comes with a cheap pair of Cannondale pedals. If it doesn't now, it probably did at some time. I've actuallly ordered one of these, so I'll let y'all know.

darren.hardie3 m ago

That is one ugly bike



Suits you pretty good then.
I couldn't find anything searching online about the Contro 2 but a few 'best bike' articles (can't comment on the legitimacy of them) mentioned the Contro 3 in their roundups so I ended up going with the Contro 3 (and the fact I think the 3 in black doesn't look quite as awful as this one in silver...). Can anyone who might be more knowledgeable comment on the differences between the 2? Tried to research the individual component specs online but not being an expert didn't really get far. Many thanks
dbailey101 h, 15 m ago

Can anyone who might be more knowledgeable comment on the differences …Can anyone who might be more knowledgeable comment on the differences between the 2?



The main difference is that the Contro 2 has hub gears, and the Contro 3 has a rear derailleur. Hub gears are lower maintenance than derailleurs, so they're a decent choice for commuter bikes.

Here's some guy showing you the difference:


Additionally, the brakes are similar but different model numbers.

The bikes have different saddles. I'd assume the Contro 2 has the more premium option, but what that means in the real world I couldn't say.
Still toying with the idea.....
packard

And no pedals

darren.hardie

That is one ugly bike


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Hmmm. This is very tempting. It ticks every box for my ideal commuter bike; disc brakes & hub gears for low maintenance (my ideal bike maintenance schedule would be; ride it in the rain regularly in lieu of washing it), light enough to carry up steps (12.8kg for size L is OK as that includes mudguards and rear rack), tough enough for the towpath and best of all it looks a bit weird (actually, having watched the video it looks a LOT better in black).

But I REALLY don't need another bike. Must keep telling myself that.

(and for those who didn't get the joke about the pedals, yes it comes with Cannondale Octo pedals and a built in lock too, apparently).
ArthurDent1

Hmmm. This is very tempting. It ticks every box for my ideal commuter … Hmmm. This is very tempting. It ticks every box for my ideal commuter bike; disc brakes & hub gears for low maintenance (my ideal bike maintenance schedule would be; ride it in the rain regularly in lieu of washing it), light enough to carry up steps (12.8kg for size L is OK as that includes mudguards and rear rack), tough enough for the towpath and best of all it looks a bit weird (actually, having watched the video it looks a LOT better in black).But I REALLY don't need another bike. Must keep telling myself that.(and for those who didn't get the joke about the pedals, yes it comes with Cannondale Octo pedals and a built in lock too, apparently).



It does tick all the boxes, very low maintenance and good brakes. My spesh hardrock lasted 7 years of commuting (now lives at the caravan in Wales), I'm currently on a rigid hybrid but am hating the v brakes in the wet after coming from hydraulics. Can I justify £750 for something that will literally go to and from work and to the pub in the next village once in a while though?

Pub, hmm. Maybe I can after all!
2% at topcashback, also you could buy it with £375 of Tesco clubcard vouchers plus another option is there are discounted gift vouchers at zeek of 5%. Every little helps. Looks a fun, interesting bike but the original £1500 price looks ridiculous but £750 seems pretty fair. I know they are made in the far east now with a lot of them by fuji-ta but a Cannondale bike still seems something above the norm. The only Cannondale product I have is my bike helmet.
Would happily pay 375 if I had the tesco vouchers.
Old_King_Doran

Would happily pay 375 if I had the tesco vouchers.



For £375 this is a fantastic bargain (even better than the £150 Treks my teenage kids ride and my £150 Gary Fisher which got stolen - even after the excess there was enough money from the insurance to pay for the kids' bikes and buy me a SH bike).
But I don't have that many clubcard vouchers either and can't justify £750.

However, if I could get it through Cyclescheme it'd be tax free and paid in interest free instalments.... (but my wife says "No!").
I've got an appointment to pick mine up on Tuesday, I'll post back later. Anyone else actually bite the bullet?
Thinking about it....

I've been holding out for another great hybrid deal along the lines of last years Marin Muirwoods that was half price. This seems more appropriate for my commute I suppose.
Bike seems decent. Gear switches are very smooth. Weird not having to cycle down gears coming up to the lights.

Not night and day compared to my Tern Verge P9, which is a folding bike. It's a very, very nice folding bike but I expected a decently expensive commuter bike would knock it out of the park. I think I still prefer the Verge.

The lefty fork is a gimmick. Bottom bracket is quite high, means I'm on tiptoes in the saddle, but I can't get a full leg extension on the pedals. Will need to inch that seat up a bit more still, I think.

It doesn't exude quality, but nor does it obviously lack it in any department, and the disc brakes and hub gears are very nice to have and add a lot of value.

Got it through cyclescheme which means a total cost to me of something in the region of 570, and I think this is probably more than justified, but at 1500 I would not have known where the extra money was going.
I've raised the seat again and this has put things right. Handlebars are my least favourite part of the bike, I'm really warming to the rest.

Oh, and the bike came with decent pedals.

And a less impressive lock. But gift horses.
U can get 3 Carrera's £250 for that price

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More bike costs, more chances it will be stolen.
Cold, it's not a tandem bike.
Not bad spec, I would upgrade the drive train, wheels, brakes and frame to carbon, you know, roadie style and end up with a more expensive bike that I may as well have bought in the first place, tools.
Great bit of kit and having a hub gear is great especially during winter. Great buy
vasya1 h, 33 m ago

U can get 3 Carrera's £250 for that price [Image] More bike costs, more …U can get 3 Carrera's £250 for that price [Image] More bike costs, more chances it will be stolen.


I love Carrera bikes which are fantastic for the money especially when on offer but they don't offer anything like this bike. Only medium and large frames left but there seems to be an offer where you get £100 of cycling clothes included in the price now going by the banner on the page.

Don't forget you can exchange any clubcard vouchers you have for 2x their value as Evan's vouchers and zeek occasionally have discounted evan's vouchers that can be used. Combined with topcashback you can erode that £750 price a bit.
This bike is not a BSO!!
Jefft17th Aug

This bike is not a BSO!!

Well, technically it is since it is an object that is shaped like a bicycle...
This a woman's bike?
I got one. The rack is terrible (good luck finding a pannier or bungee hook that fits that over-sized tubing) and I don't have much confidence in the disc brakes which squeal like pigs in the wet but that apart it's great commuting bike for the price.
£160 for the rear hub alone. I'm after a nice MTB though.
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