Cannondale Cujo 1

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Numbers of Gears
11, 12, 10
32.4, 32.1, 31 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cannondale Cujo 1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • Riders felt the ride and seating position atop this steed were comfortable.
  • Mounts are attached for a 2x derailleur, two bottle-cages and a rear rack.
  • A TransX dropper post is included and internally routed on the Cujo.
  • The Cannondale C3 bar was wide enough to throw the Cujo around.
  • The 11 speed drivetrain provided an ample gear range for trail use.
  • The Cujo represents great value with frugal componentry choices.
  • WTB Ranger tires offered excellent traction on crumbly climbs.
  • The 120mm Rockshox Recon fork was responsive and supple.
  • Shimano M425 Hydraulic Discs were resilient and capable.
  • The XT rear derailleur and XLS shifter worked soundly.
  • The bold ‘Acid Red’ color was complimented.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The bottom-bracket is low, leading some to experience pedal scrape.
  • One owner described the ‘Acid Red’ color as being “...a bit hard on the eyes”.
  • An expert felt the OEM Cannondale Platform pedals lacked grip.
  • Seat and chainstays provide plenty of clearance for plus-size tires.
  • Quick-release hubs with boost-spacing are eccentric and make replacements challenging.
  • Some riders felt movement in the dropper-post, which failed within hours for one rider.

Bottom line

Cujo’s geometry sits somewhere between gentle cross-country angles and rowdier trail-riding. This geometry, in concert with 2.8 inch plus-size tires, reportedly leads to able climbing. However, one expert felt that big rubber and steeper geometry led to a bouncy, somewhat sketchy ride on chunky descents. It was felt that a shorter wheelbase contributed to a less stable ride. Economical components have been chosen in less significant areas, keeping prices down. In summary, the Cujo is a good choice for entry-level trail-riders who want something that can stand up to the abuse that beginners demand.

Expert Reviews

60/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Level 5 expert

Cannondale Cujo 1 Review

Level 5 expert

Despite the conservative geometry and somewhat compromised tires, if you can master the more frenetic style of riding the bike is suited to, you’re bound to have a blast.

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Ben Vidgen
Level 1 expert

Cannondale Cujo 1 – One Year of Ownership

Level 1 expert

Cannondale Cujo 1 after one year of use. Upgrades include a front mudguard, new grips, a new set of tyres, new flat pedals and a new rear wheel…

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User Ratings

90/100 based on 8 ratings
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