Starting with the original pictures and the marketing hyperbole I didn’t know what to expect. I was a little skeptical- to me, any bike is a commuter bike. A few days with the Contro however, It’s apparent that the team at Cannondale did a great job putting together a well riding, seemingly bulletproof, purpose built bike. Not only was it a smooth, comfortable ride for the short haul, it won me over in the looks department as well. A cool matte black finish, minimal branding and a unique design got a lot of compliments and questions during the day.
The small details like the tapered bar / headlight issue could’ve been better thought out. The kickstand was great, but it rattled a little bit. If you buy a Contro I’m sure you’ll find a few other small details not to like. My big issue is with the rack and it’s lack of versatility. Maybe for a bike so stylish Cannondale never thought anyone would use bungee cords. Who knows? Regardless, they didn’t make it easy to move existing bags from bike to bike with the oversized rack tubing.
I didn’t pay for the Contro, but if I had the price point could’ve been a deal breaker for me. $1400 just seems like a lot of money for a “commuter” bike (though we did find it for $1299 at the link at the bottom of this review). Alternatively, Cannondale has an excellent line up of bikes in the Quick series starting at about half of what the Contro costs. Although the Quick may not be engineered or designed like the Contro, add a rack and fenders and you’re functionally at the same place as the Contro for hundreds less. And the Quick is no slouch in the performance or looks department either.
Once you add all everything up, the Contro would be a great choice for someone who appreciates the style and functionality of a purpose built bike and is willing to pay for it. If you can look past the specialty label of “commuter” and want to save a few bucks at the bike shop, see what the Cannondale Quick has to offer you [CANNONDALE QUICK].