Cannondale Habit Neo Vs. Whyte E-150: e-MTB Showdown
This time on e-MTB Showdown we’re going to be comparing the Cannondale Habit Neo e-MTB against the newly launched Whyte E-150. Which Bosch bike is best?
In our first round of e-MTB Showdown, we compared to long travel e-bikes with different motor systems, different frame materials, and even different wheel sizes. This time around though, we’re looking at two Bosch Performance Line CX Gen 4 bikes, with similar amounts of travel.
As always we’re not looking for an all-out winner, but we do hope to give you more information on both the Cannondale Habit Neo and new Whyte E-150 e-MTBs so that you can make an informed decision. So which e-MTB will be best for you?
Cannondale Habit Neo: About the e-MTB
Cannondale has 4 Habit Neo bikes in its e-MTB trail range, and both use the same carbon front triangle and SmartForm C1 alloy swingarm. The idea of this clever suspension lay-out is that Cannondale makes its suspension system size specific. The idea is that a small bike receives a proportionally tuned suspension kinematic so no matter what size bike you end up riding they all feel the same.
The 130mm travel carbon frame is similar in design to the mechanical Cannondale Habit, but this Neo model gets a 625Wh removable downtube battery and matching Bosch Performance Line CX Gen 4 motor.
A low-slung motor and battery keep the center of gravity low for aggressive cornering and a low-standover height gives plenty of space for Ratboy inspired jibs and tricks. Plus, there’s room in the frame for a bottle mount too.
Upfront, travel is increased slightly to 140mm, and although front and rear the Cannondale Habit Neo has less travel than the Whyte E-150, they should perform in a similar way thanks to the Cannodales larger 29in wheels.
Magura brakes on high-end bikes feel underpowered.
For the Cannondale Habit Neo
4 bikes to choose from and a great entry-level price.
Size specific suspension is a unique idea.
Bosch CX motor is one of the best available.
Whyte E-150: About the e-MTB
The Whyte E-150 is only available in 2 model options and both versions of the bike are built around an alloy frame with 150mm of rear-wheel travel. Like the Habit Neo, the Whyte E-150 looks very similar to its non-e-MTB counterparts with the same overall profile and same suspension linkage. This gives plenty of room in the mainframe for a water bottle and retains a low-center of gravity.
Whyte has placed the internal 625Wh battery lower in the frame on the Whyte E-150, actually inline with the front of the motor meaning that most of the additional weight of the drive system and power pack are located centrally.
150mm of travel front and rear is a little more than the Cannondale but as the E-150 uses smaller 27.5in wheels rather than 29in, the Whyte should handle rocks and roots in a similar fashion, while retaining slightly less rolling resistance for acceleration and climbing.
On the geometry numbers, the Whyte is the longer with both a longer reach and wheelbase, however it has a slightly taller standover height. Another factor worth mentioning is that Whyte offers 5 sizes of E-150 from XS-XXL.
While the Whyte E-150 bikes have been announced they are not available to buy yet and won’t go on sale until September. Pricing for the bikes will start at £4750 rising to £5250.
Whyte E-150 Geometry
A HEAD TUBE ANGLE
B SEAT TUBE ANGLE
C TOP TUBE HORIZONTAL
D BB HEIGHT ABOVE GROUND
E STAND OVER HEIGHT
F WHEEL BASE
G CHAIN STAY LENGTH
H SEAT POST DIAMETER
I HEAD TUBE LENGTH
J SEAT TUBE LENGTH
Against the Whyte E-150
Not the most attractive eMTB.
Only 2 models to choose from.
Only an alloy frame option.
For the Whyte E-150
Available in sizes XS and XL.
More progressive geometry.
Longer wheelbase should make for a confident ride.
Cannondale Habit Neo Vs. Whyte E-150: Which one should you buy?
This is a little trickier and in actual fact, both bikes are very similar to one another. Both the Cannondale Habit Neo and Whyte E-150 are designed for aggressive trail riding, but the Whyte appears to be the more aggressive of the too.
The more radical geometry and smaller wheels would make it ideal for throwing around the woods, while also keeping the rider in a central position. Cannondale’s interesting size proportioned suspension could be perfect for the suspension enthusiast and with a lower standover and overall shorter figures, this 29er also looks suited for some trails side fun.
The Cannondale also has a carbon frame and a more affordable entry price point, but the Whyte chassis is proven and has years of amazing reviews to back it up.
This time around there is no clear choice and both bikes look well suited to trail riding, our advice would be to get in touch with your local bike shop to arrange a demo of each.
We hope you found this comparison useful if you have anything to add please let us know in the comments section below and if you have either bike we would love to hear from you.