Mountain Bikes

Cannondale Catalyst 3

By: Mason Arnold

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Cannondale Catalyst 3 [Review] 2020 Mountain Bike

Reviewed by Pedallers
Catalyst 3
Mountain Bike

Cannondale catalyst 3 review

Mountain biking is fun but without the best bicycle features, the fun is taken out of it. So, unlike other generic bikes, the Cannondale catalyst makes use of a 6061 alloy frame, which contributes to its lightweight feature. The 24 speed Shimano drivetrain is capable enough to take on speeds on flatlands and mountainsides.

Tektro 160mm mechanical disc brakes

The catalyst 3 has Tektro disc brakes (160mm) on both the front and rear wheels. This brakes can assure halting in whatever condition or trail the biker may find himself on. The bike also features Shimano brake levers, which are ideal for 2 or 3 finger braking. The handlebar is not left behind as this offers just the needed grip for a more controlled and steady ride.

Shimano EF51 EasyFire shifters

Catalyst 3 also features the Shimano EF51 EasyFire shifters. With these shifters, riders can put the 24-speed gear system to good use and reach the required speed for different trails.

Also holding sway in the derailleurs are a set of Shimano Tourney derailleurs for the front and rear. It also features a sunrace M66 cassette and rear cogs that help in the transmission of the pedaling.

Smartform C3 Alloy Frame

Because of the 6061 alloy frame on catalyst 3, this bike can boast of a lightweight and surprisingly sturdy build that is good for all sorts of conditions. The body geometry is relaxed, and it features a high saddle that keeps you in the perfect position to ride without having to arch the back.

32-Hole Double Walled Wheels

Catalyst 3 has 27.5 inches, double-walled wheels, which make rolling very easy, and you can move over bumps and lumps freely too. With its 2.25-inch Freedom Transition sport tires, you can be sure of a more steady ride on gravel paths and any other type of surface. However, the wheels do not have mudguards but you can install them if you’ll be riding on rainy days too.


Frame; makes use of catalyst 6061 alloys with mounts and 1-1/8 inch head tube,

Fork; coil spring, 75mm, SR Suntour M3030-27

Shifter; EF51 Shimano EasyFire, 3×7-speed

Brake types; Tektro cable-actuated disc, M280, 160/160mm

Spokes; 14g, stainless

Headset; 1-1/8 inch, threadless, semi-integrated

Front derailleur; 31/8 clamp, Shimano Tourney

Rear derailleur; 8-speed, Shimano Tourney

Tires; 27.5×2.25 inch, Freedom transition sport

Rims/wheels; double-wall, WTB SX19, DC 6.0, 32h

Handlebars; alloy, 31.8, 25mm rise, 700mm

Hubs; cassette, alloy disc, quick release, sealed

Cassette; 11-34, M6, Sunrace, 8-speed

Seat post; micro-adjust, alloy, 27.2x350mm

Bottom bracket; sealed bearing, BSA, square taper, cartridge

Chain; 8-speed, KMC Z51

  • The wheels of the bike are large enough to provide a more controlled ride.
  • The bike has an outstanding geometry.
  • The bike provides a smooth and comfortable ride on different terrain
  • The bike does not have mudguards for rainy days.


Can the Cannondale catalyst 3 bikes be used for mountain biking?

Yes, the catalyst 3 is geared up easy ascents on mountainous terrains and also with great brakes that make descents and turns not a problem.


Having a go with a bike that comes with 24-speed shifting, Tektro mechanical disc brakes and a lightweight frame that houses a Cannondale Stage 2 saddle is a dream come true for bikers who are into mountain trails.

The Cannondale catalyst comes to the fore when speed, comfort, and control is at stake. This is a bike that most mountain bikers favor especially for mountain racing.