Cannondale SuperX Cyclocross Review
The Cannondale SuperX range of cyclocross bikes have been created in order to meet the exacting standards of professional racers. Carbon frames, stiff setups, smooth power delivery and long distance durability are all part and parcel of these bikes, which are ready to take on the road and also take you off it without missing a beat.
Cannondale SuperX Carbon 4 Rival
The Cannondale SuperX range utilises BallisTec carbon construction which is designed to be lighter and stronger than other carbon technologies that are currently available. The resin is able to withstand the kind of hits that might cause issues for rival bikes, while the Speed Save system gives the rear end a kind of discrete suspension which operates on a small level to deliver impressive results.
The SuperX Carbon 4 Rival features a full carbon fork to match its frame, while there are SRAM Rival components in the drivetrain which help you deliver power consistently and experience slick shifts which occur in the blink of an eye.
Fulcrum Racing 7 CX rims are tough enough to withstand use in cyclocross events and the Schwalbe Rapid Rob tyres have enough tread to keep you on the straight and narrow while still allowing you to accelerate like a pro.
TRP Euro-X Alloy brakes do a good job of controlling the bike, while the compact Cannondale C2 handlebar gives you access to solid handling and a ride which feels responsive without being overly trying when it comes to impacts and vibrations.
Cannondale SuperX Carbon 3 Ultegra
This Cannondale SuperX model continues the trend established by the first bike in as much as it borrows the same BallisTec carbon frame and fork setup. Almost every element of the drivetrain comes from the Shimano Ultegra 6700 groupset, so you can be sure that the components will work together without any obvious incongruent features rearing up to spoil the experience.
Cannondale has decided to opt for the Mavic Ksyrium Equipe rims and hubs for this bike, with Schwalbe Sammy Slick tyres giving a good account of themselves whenever they are in contact with uneven or slippery surfaces.
You get the Fi’zi:k Tundra 2 saddle on the Cannondale C2 seatpost, which is a setup that this manufacturer has chosen for a number of its road bikes this year, indicating that it is confident in the performance and comfort that this setup affords.
Cannondale SuperX 2 SRAM Red
The cream of the Cannondale SuperX crop is represented by this SRAM Red model, which features a BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon frame with the same excellent Speed Save features to preserve the stiffness and rigidity while making it a pleasanter bike to ride.
The full carbon fork also gets the Hi-MOD treatment and its design is fully integrated into the frame so that everything feels cohesively constructed. There is yet more carbon elsewhere on the bike, with the FSA SLK carbon crank keeping the SRAM Red drivetrain as light as possible.
Mavic Ksyrium Elite rims and hubs feature Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres and you get lightweight FSA SLK brakes at the front and rear for deft speed control. The FSA SLK seatpost is also onboard, with the same Tundra 2 saddle used.
The specialist nature of cyclocross events requires a very specialised type of bike and Cannondale has made sure that the SuperX models fit into this mould effectively. For full carbon models you would expect lightness and strength, but it is the levels of comfort which come with the Speed Save features that help to make these stand out from amongst the number of other alternative options.
Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc Cyclocross Specifications
- Front Fork: NEW SuperX Disc, BallisTec Hi-MOD full carbon
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: SRAM RED
- Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: FSA SL-K Light Carbon BB30 with 46/36T
- Cassette: SRAM PG-1070, 11-26, 10-speed
- Shifters: SRAM RED Doubletap
- Brakes: Avid BB7 Ultimate
- Wheels: Stans Alpha 340 Disc, tubeless, 24h front, 28h rear
- Tyres: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 700x33c