CANNONDALE SUPERSIX EVO
Cannondale SuperSix Evo
The original SuperSix EVO offered such an incredible balance of all the elements of performance that Tour magazine named it the “Best Bike in the World”. Cannondale were flattered, but after some celebratory champagne, they rolled up their sleeves and got back to work.
With the the latest SuperSix Evo, Cannondale have taken that same harmonious blend of elements but made it even stiffer, even lighter, even more smooth-riding – they’ve even added aero features, and have been right at the forefront of road disc brakes, with two full seasons of US elite racing under their belts.
We are huge fans of the SuperSix Evo – when it comes to road riding we are hard pressed to think of any other bike that excels in so many areas. Easily quick enough to satisfy the fastest of riders (unsurprisingly, given that Cannondale sponsor four top flight UCI teams), plenty comfortable enough for the very longest of rides, and with handling that offers the perfect balance of responsiveness and stability. With capacity for wider tyres, together with disc brake options and a bullet proof frame, the SuperSix is a bike that you can take pretty much anywhere that you would classify as a road.
The SuperSix offers a neutral geometry too – sporty enough to allow racers to get into a full aero tuck, but relaxed enough that endurance riders and Grand Tour athletes alike can adopt a riding position that doesn’t place undue strain on their upper bodies on long days in the saddle.
Whatever type of road rider you are, the Cannondale SuperSix is definitely worthy of consideration for your shortlist!
“The new Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod is a superbly good bike that combines fantastic handling with refinement and raw speed. In a market that’s obsessed wth the search for the Next Big Thing, it’s refreshing that Cannondale has managed to retain everything I loved about the original, but made it noticeably better” RoadCC
ULTRA STIFF, FOR EXPLOSIVE ACCELERATION: an asymmetric BB30a bottom bracket junction, the flared Delta seat-tube, and tuned BallisTec Carbon layup deliver great power transfer for climbs, sprints and simple just-for-the-hell-of-it bursts of speed.
ULTRA LIGHT: BallisTec Carbon Construction and System Integrated design make EVO crazy light, but durable enough for Cannondale’s famed Lifetime Warranty.
SHOCKINGLY SMOOTH, FOR BETTER CORNERING, SPEED AND COMFORT: Refined SPEED SAVE micro-suspension system absorbs shock and keeps the wheels planted on the ground for aggressive descending, fast sprinting and surprising comfort.
TAP AERO, FOR BETTER EFFICIENCY EVERYWHERE: Subtle TAP (Truncated Aero Profile) tube shapes and lower bottle placement on the frame reduces drag by 6 watts average. It’s like free speed.
INCREDIBLE HANDLING: An absolute rocket on descents thanks to sharp handling geometry and a frame that’s stiff yet compliant in all the right places.
All in the quest to make it the best climbing, best descending, best sprinting, best attacking, best all-around-from-starting-gun-to-finish-line race bike ever made. Because true power lies in the balance – designed for serious road racers, discerning enthusiasts, and anyone passionate about pure performance.
Hi-MOD 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. The results speak for themselves. It enables Cannondale to push the boundaries of light weight while tightly controlling the frame’s overall stiffness and ride feel on bikes like the new SuperSix EVO, new SuperX and Carbon Synapse.
It starts with a base structure composed of ultra-strong fibres like those used for military ballistic armouring, and high-strength, high-impact resins similar to what is used in the construction of carbon baseball bats; light, stiff and designed to endure thousands of deformation cycles.
Cannondale then combine these fibres and this resin in a lay-up designed to maximize the anisotropic (direction-specific) qualities of the fibres in a carbon structure that is extremely light, extremely stiff and capable of withstanding high loads without damage or loss of structural integrity, and ensures that they are up to the rigors of real-world riding.
To tune the overall stiffness and ride-feel of the frame, Cannondale strategically add the stiffer, but more brittle higher modulus fibres to create an interconnected network of stiffening fibres throughout the frame. This allows them to precisely tune in different amounts of stiffness and deflection at different points throughout the frame, creating an unbelievably balanced and nuanced ride.
BallisTec at its best. Both versions share the same ultra-strong base structure, but the Hi-MOD version uses a sophisticated mix of high and ultra-high modulus fibres to create the stiffening network. Due to their extreme rigidity, this delivers tremendous stiffness with less material, which keeps the overall structure weight to a minimum. The Hi-MOD fibers also deliver a communicative, lively ride-feel that keeps riders more connected with the road surface, letting them push the limits with greater control.
This version shares the same structure, lay-up and shapes as the Hi-MOD versions but the stiff ness and ride feel are dialled in with more layers of intermediate-modulus fibres, rather than the more expensive high modulus fibres. This additional material adds a slight amount of weight but delivers the same stiffness and deflection as the Hi-MOD versions, and enables Cannondale to offer BallisTec technology to more riders.
SYSTEM INTEGRATION – designing the frame, fork and key components like crankset and seatpost together as a system can save hundreds of grams compared to competitors.
ULTRA LIGHT DISC INTEGRATION – New For 2016 – the unreal control of discs, without the weight. Cannondale’s flat mount integrated disc design adds less than 150 grams to the frameset, and maintains EVO’s sweet ride characteristics.
SPEED SAVE™ – PERFORMANCE ORIENTED SAVE FEATURES: Much like the suspension on F1 cars, SPEED SAVE features are engineered to help the bike roll faster, not simply to make it more comfortable. Emphasizing light weight and torsional rigidity, SPEED SAVE delivers improved rolling speed, better acceleration, and dramatically improved cornering speed without negatively affecting power transfer.
SPEED SAVE works primarily via the balance between rear triangle and the fork. On the rear triangle, both the chainstays and the seatstays are able to flex slightly vertically to absorb shock, while up front, the fork’s offset dropouts and lay-up allow it to have a matched amount of deflection. This creates a true micro-suspension system that allows the wheels to track over imperfect surfaces, whether the rider is seated or standing. This in turn provides better traction and handling, higher speeds and faster cornering.
The second part of the system concentrates on rider comfort. The seat tube features a directionally optimised carbon layup which allows it to deflect slightly fore and aft, which diffuses vibration and impacts and reduces the energy-sapping muscle micro-trauma caused by long days in the saddle. All told, the new EVO’s comfort is improved by over 20%.
CONTINUOUS CARBON SPEED SAVE FORK – one-piece, BallisTec carbon fork. Continuous carbon fibre construction from dropout to top of steerer delivers great structural integrity. Crown-race-less design saves weight and improves fibre flow for amazing strength-to-weight. 6.1% increase in lateral stiffness. 12.5% increase in compliance. Tuned to work as a system with the rear triangle.
SAVE 25.4MM SEATPOST – on many models, a flexing SAVE seatpost delivers up to 36% more deflection at the saddle than similar 27.2 posts, for bump smoothing comfort when seated.
TAP AERO FEATURES – subtle TAP (Truncated Aero Profile) tube shapes in the downtube, seat tube, seat stays and fork reduce aero drag without the weight, stiffness and compliance compromises of regular aero profile tube.
DELTA SEAT TUBE – For increased stiffness, the seat tube flares to a dramatically wide, ovalized section where it meets the BB.
CONTINUOUS CARBON – A continuous network of high modulus stiffening fibres runs around joint areas and along the outer edges of the frames tubes, connecting all parts of the frame and allowing precise tuning of stiffness and ride quality.
28C TYRE CLEARANCE – The new SuperSix EVO is designed to accept up to 28c tyres for reduced rolling resistance and improved comfort over rougher roads.