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Lightweight and Full-Power? Cannondale Launches the Moterra SL 2

The Moterra SL features Shimano's 85Nm EP801 motor and a custom 601Wh battery to strike a balance of power and weight that few eMTBs have achieved.

Today, Cannondale introduces the lightest, full-power, electric mountain bike ever made – the brand new Moterra SL. Packing up to 85Nm of torque, 600+ watts of peak output, and 601Wh of battery power yet weighing as little as 19.5 kg/43lbs, this is an eMTB that defines its own class. Delivering agility and playfulness with power and range, the Moterra is a bike like no other – turning every trail into a non-stop, high-speed flow session.



  • Carbon fiber frame with FlexPivot technology
  • 150mm rear wheel travel // 160mm fork
  • Mixed or dual 29" wheel compatible
  • Specially tuned Shimano EP801 motor
  • Custom high-energy density internal 601Wh battery
  • 62.5-degree head tube angle (adjustable by 1.2-degrees)
  • Headset or frame routed cable options
  • UDH compatible
  • Sizes: S-XL
  • 3 build kits
  • MSRP: $7,000 - $14,000 USD

Moterra SL’s high power/low weight combination demands a melding of engineering feats. Creating a lightweight, 150mm-travel frame is only possible thanks to pioneering carbon expertise and FlexPivot technology adapted from the World Cup-winning Scalpel XC race bike. Burly FlexPivot chainstay sections replace the traditional Horst pivot, maintaining a true four-bar system, while eliminating weight and maintenance of chainstay pivot bearings. The system allows engineers to dial in the perfect suspension response for every input. The result is incredible traction, responsive braking, and a playful feel that gives you the confidence to push harder.


It doesn’t stop there. Cannondale’s ‘Proportional Response’ design approach means everything from suspension kinematics to geometry — including chain stay length — is completely customized for each frame size so that all riders get the same exceptional suspension performance and handling experience.


Digging into the geometry details reveals Moterra SL to be just as unique and progressive as the rest of the headline features. It’s got a 62.5-degree head angle that’s as slack as a DH bike, with headset cups that offer 1.2 degrees of adjustment, plus the long reach and steep seat angle of a modern trail bike, and front-center and rear-center lengths that are customized by size. On paper, it might seem bizarre, but in practice you realize how much it all makes sense given the speed this bike carries and how responsive it remains on every part of every trail. It is truly ‘progressive geometry’ in action.


Moterra SL’s power comes from a custom-tuned version of Shimano’s EP801 drive unit – the lightest motor capable of the big power riders are looking for. With 85Nm of torque and 600+ watts of max output, it brings big-time boost to the lightweight party. Custom-tuned ride modes have been developed in partnership with Shimano to make the most of the EP801’s capabilities.


There’s “ECO” (minimal assist, maximum range for all-day exploits), two “TRAIL” modes (the first TRAIL mode provides mid-power, great for riding with friends on lightweight e-bikes, the second TRAIL mode ramps up the assist for ripping with full-power e-bikes), and of course, “BOOST” (full power, all the time).  The unique internal battery uses a custom cell configuration that stores more power per kilo than ever before, creating an incredibly compact battery that packs a full 601 watt-hours into just 3.1 kg, including the wiring.


The Moterra SL also comes correct with a “mullet” wheel set-up, i.e. 29-inch-front and 27.5-inch-rear wheels, to strike that balance of straight-line speed and cornering agility.  For those who lean more to the former, a FlipChip in the seatstays ensures the Moterra SL can be legitimately converted to a full 29’er without sacrificing the overall character and balance of the bike.

The all-new Moterra SL is available in sizes small through extra-large, and in a variety of build configurations, including a limited run from LAB71.

LAB71 Build MSRP: $14,000 USD
LAB71 Build MSRP: $14,000 USD
SL 1 Build MSRP: $8,750 USD
SL 1 Build MSRP: $8,750 USD
SL 2 Build MSRP: $7,000 USD
SL 2 Build MSRP: $7,000 USD

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