Cannondale SuperSix Evo
The SuperSix EVO is the latest, and greatest, evolution of Cannondale’s classic race machine – designed with the aim of being the fastest, most appealing, best handling and most capable lightweight road bike in the world. We are pretty certain they have succeeded, and we aren’t the only ones – alongside many other accolades, the SuperSix Evo is the winner of BikeRadar’s prestigious Overall Bike of the Year award 2020.
“Superb torsional stiffness and light wheels ensure the EVO climbs with great efficiency. On the flat or descents, the EVO just feels fast, as if it’s generating additional speed, and it certainly outruns the old model. Sustaining that speed seems easier too, because my averages on a mixed route were noticeably faster. Cannondale claims the new EVO has 30 per cent less drag than the outgoing model, and that it can save you 30 watts at 30mph. Definitely rapid, and undoubtedly more comfortable than before, with brilliant surface feedback, the wholesale changes redefine the EVO, and even though it took me time to adjust to, it is seriously impressive.” BikeRadar
Cannondale followed the proven recipe of the previous award-winning versions, while making it better in every possible way – better for racers and the racer-esque by keeping the ultralight weight, explosive rigidity and telepathic handling people have loved about the EVO since the beginning, while making it much faster with tube shapes and top-to-bottom system integration that seriously reduce aerodynamic drag.
“the new SuperSix EVO is good. In fact it’s better than good, it’s breathtakingly good…Cannondale has far exceeded expectations. Creating a machine that manages to effortlessly combine razor-sharp handling with a lightening quick power response and all wrapped up in a level of comfort that is nothing short of sublime. Fans of the SuperSix EVO rejoice, the EVO is reborn and this time it’s even better” CYCLING WEEKLY
But Cannondale have also made it more appealing for anyone looking for the perfect road bike by making it smoother, more comfortable and more capable with improved SAVE micro-suspension, a slightly taller stack height and big tire clearance. It’s the ultimate bike for hilly races, fast group rides and all-around high-performance road riding.
The most immediate impact of the new design is a big reduction in drag, and less means more speed for the same effort. The drag-reducing tube shapes and integrated design of the new SuperSix EVO saves a full 30 Watts over the prior version at 30 mph (48.3 km/h).
“The new SuperSix has the making of the perfect aero-climbing bike and the one bike to rule them all.” Rouleur
A new family of highly truncated airfoil tube shapes offer the same weight, and equal or better stiffness than round tubes, while reducing drag by up to 30%. Combined with dropped rear stays, new HollowGram 45 KNØT wheelset, an integrated 27 KNØT SAVE seatpost, and new SAVE integrated bars with KNØT stem, the overall system drag reduction is enormous – and gives the bike a clean, elegant, beautiful look.
The new SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD is the lightest disc road frameset that Cannondale have ever made. 19 grams lighter than the previous EVO (56cm disc brake Hi-MOD frameset with seat post). 19 grams doesn’t sound like much, but you usually have to pay a hefty weight penalty to get the kind of drag reduction the new EVO offers.
Cannondale have managed to maintain the SuperSix EVO’s perfect frame stiffness (perfect, according to the Tour magazine testing index, and everyone who has ridden it) – made possible by the new tube shapes, integrated seat binder and new 27 SL KNØT seatpost. At the same time as offering a more comfortable ride than the previous version (which was already pretty smooth!) – 18% more vertical compliance, a slightly elevated riding position and room for big tires, work in harmony to improve the new SuperSix EVO’s ride comfort and rough road capabilities, without diminishing its pure race performance.
“The new Cannondale SuperSix EVO is fast but also impressively compliant. It’s the benchmark for lightweight road bike performance.” CyclingNews
The slightly adjusted ride position will make most riders look racier, with fewer spacers and a more “slam that stem” appearance. Cannondale have made the bike more appealing to more riders, while ensuring that the WorldTour EF team riders can still adopt their proper ride positions. In their words “if that means we sacrifice sales to the .01% of riders who want a more aggressive position than a pro, to make the other 99.99% happier, we can live with that”.
The new SuperSix Evo will be offered primarily in disc brake versions, with just a couple of rim brake models running alongside. High-end road bike sales are trending overwhelmingly to discs, but Cannondale are still offering an extremely light and fast rim brake frameset for those riders who still don’t want discs, and bunch racers who need rim braked bikes for races where they may need neutral service vehicles to provide on the spot wheel changes without needing to think about axle or rotor compatibility. Just not in Hi-Mod versions, and only in a couple of groupset builds.
In Cannondale’s words “it didn’t make sense to invest the massive amount of time and money just to sell a vanishingly small number of rim braked Hi-Mod bikes” – and the rim-braked Ballistec Carbon frameset still builds up at the UCI minimum weight limit for the pros.
BALLISTEC CARBON: BallisTec is Cannondale’s proprietary method of high-strength, high-stiffness carbon construction. It is the ideal blend of the most advanced materials in the world combined with the most advanced carbon engineering and design. It enables Cannondale to push the boundaries of light weight while tightly controlling the frame’s overall stiffness and ride feel. Both versions of Ballistec Carbon share the same ultra-strong base structure, but the Hi-MOD version blends in some ultra-high modulus fibres to create the stiffening network. This delivers the same stiffness with less material, thereby offering the same ride characteristics with less weight.
SPEED RELEASE THROUGH AXLES: For improved stiffness and fast wheel changes on all of the disc models Cannondale have adopted the Speed Release thru axle system for the new SuperSix Evo. Compatible with all 12mm 100/142mm thru axle disc wheels, the Speed Release system combines the nailed on wheel stability, strength and tracking that thru axles are famed for with ultra quick and simple wheel removal and installation.
KNOT SYSTEMBARS & SYSTEMSTEM: First introduced in the full-on aero SystemSix, the integrated KNOT SystemBars are not only extremely aerodynamic, they have adjustable bar angles and integrated front mounts. Stem swaps are not a problem, unlike with one-piece cockpits, and the entire system features fully hidden hydraulic brake line and Di2 cable routing as you would expect. The new SuperSix Evo also offers the same thru-the-headtube routing path as the SystemSix, which has proved to have one of the easiest cable routing of any internally routed bike.
INCREASED TYRE CLEARANCE: In the SuperSix Evo disc brake models, tyre clearance has been boosted to 30mm, with a full 6mm of space on both sides, so riders can put on larger volume tires if they wish, and don’t need to worry about clogging or even using a tyre with a bit of a raised tread.
The latest Cannondale SuperSix Evo features a subtly revised geometry that provides a better fit for more riders, with a slightly taller stack and shorter reach in the bigger sizes – just 3-10mm depending on size (except for size 44 which actually gets about 1cm lower and longer, finally!).
Cannondale SuperSix Evo
The SuperSix EVO is a pure all-round road bike – a beautiful evolution of Cannondale’s classic race machine, designed with the aim of being the fastest, most appealing, most capable lightweight road bike in the world.
2020 SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Disc Ultegra Team Replica
- Frameset: SuperSix EVO BallisTec Hi-Mod Carbon Disc frame and forks
- Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Disc
- Wheelset: Cannondale HollowGram 35 Carbon Clincher Disc - upgraded special editions also available
- Colour: Team Replica (Note: Rapha sponsor logo is removable if preferred)
- Stock Availability: just one 54cm bike left!
Frame: Cannondale BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon
Forks: Cannondale BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon
Headset: Cannondale SuperSix; 1-1/4in lower bearing; 25mm top cap
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra hydro disc; 2×11
Front Mech: Shimano Ultegra; braze-on
Rear Mech: Shimano Ultegra
Brake Calipers: Shimano Ultegra hydro disc; 160mm RT54 rotors
Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra hydro disc
Chain: Shimano HG601; 11-speed
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra; 11-32; 11-speed
B Bracket: Cannondale Alloy PressFit30
Chainset: Cannondale HollowGram Si; BB30a; OPI SpideRing; 52/36
Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro Bright Black; 700 x 25c
Spokes: Formula Grand Forza
Hubs: Cannondale (F) Cannondale HollowGram Sealed Bearing; straight pull; 12×100 / (R) Cannondale HollowGram Sealed Bearing; straight pull; 12×142
Rims: Cannondale HollowGram 35; Carbon Clincher Disc; 19mm inner; 35mm deep; tubeless ready
Handlebars: Cannondale C2 Alloy
Stem: Cannondale C2 Alloy; -6°
Seatpost: Cannondale HollowGram 27 SL KNØT; carbon; 2 bolt clamp; 330mm
Saddle: Prologo Nago RS STN
Bar tape/Grips: Cannondale Grip Bar Tape w/Gel; 3.5mm