Cannondale SuperSix EVO Review
Cannondale has outlined the five tenets that define a good road bike and attempted to build each one of them into the design of the SuperSix EVO range. Aerodynamics, compliance, strength, stiffness and weight are certainly core concerns of each of the five bikes in this family, so if you want to achieve professional levels of performance then the Cannondale SuperSix EVO range is likely to fit the bill nicely.
Make no mistake, these are serious bikes for serious cyclists. The entry-level model is priced at £4,000 and you’re not going to get much change out of £9,000 for the top-of-the-range, appropriately named, SuperSix EVO Ultimate. However, for a bike that is more expensive than a new car, you certainly get top quality kit to go with a technically superior frame to deliver a great bike .. did you notice the five stars?
SuperSix EVO 2 Red
Like all of its siblings, the EVO 2 Red is equipped with what is officially the lightest carbon frame ever built for sale on the mainstream market. This is thanks to Cannondale’s own BallisTec carbon technology, which offers a stiffness to weight ratio which has never been seen before. This delivers a super-lightweight 695g frame.
Aside from all the superlatives, this frame essentially allows you to pick a bike which is lighter than other carbon offerings while still being strong enough to offer power transfer that will make alloy bike riders jealous. So you can impress your mates by lifting it with just one finger. You know you will, we’ve all done it.
As you might expect from the name, this model utilises SRAM RED components throughout, while the Mavic Ksyrium Elite rims and Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tyres help to keep you rolling fast over the tarmac without weighing you down in any way. Price: £4,000.
SuperSix EVO 1 DuraAce
When it comes to vertical compliance the Cannondale SuperSix EVO range has some of the best features on the market. Its designers have taken their cues from the suspension which is used on Formula 1 racing cars, developing the Speed Save system. This means that there are predetermined points of flex at key zones across the bike, allowing you to accelerate quickly and tackle corners deftly without compromising lateral stiffness or power transfer.
The full complement of Shimano Dura Ace components combined with a compact carbon handlebar and the light, strong Mavic Ksyrium SL rims helps to make this model a logical step up from its sibling. Price: £5,300.
SuperSix EVO Di2
Other road bikes can be stiff and light, but not all take such care with aerodynamic elements as the SuperSix EVO range. This is all thanks to the fact that the Cannondale engineers have built the tubes with more slender, less disruptive diameters so that drag is minimised without also adding the negative effects typically associated with specialist frame designs.
This model integrates Shimano Dura-Ace gearing and brakes, ensuring that both durability and low weight construction are on the cards for people who invest in this cycle.
Ksyrium SLR rims from Mavic are wrapped in a Yksion (I don’t know how to pronounce it either but at least it’s spelt correctly, I think) Griplink tyre at the front and Powerlink tyre at the rear. also from Mavic, so that there is consistency in the performance and power throughput. Price: £7,600.
SuperSix EVO Team
This bike combines a number of different components to good effect, mixing SRAM RED kit with Mavic Cosmic Carbon SLR rims and Yksion tyres and the typical selection of carbon frame elements to bring everything together.
As standard this model includes both the standard and compact chainrings and spiders so that riders have the option to customise their bike as they see fit. Price: £7,000.
SuperSix EVO Ultimate
This model sits at the pinnacle of the SuperSix EVO range, bringing the same super light carbon frame and impressive attention to detail to the table as its predecessors, but ensuring that everything is tuned to perfection for a truly competitive, professional experience.
DR Swiss RRC425 rims at the front and rear are combined with Schwalbe Ultremo Tubular Light tyres, while TRP 970SL magnesium brakes give you deft and delicate stopping power on tap. Front and rear derailleurs, plus shifters, come courtesy of the SRAM Red collection, so top quality components for this top of the range road bike.
A distinctive black finish combined with telltale elements of red on the rims, seat post and handlebar hint at the potential of this alluring Cannondale SuperSix EVO road bike. Price: £8,800.
The Cannondale SuperSix EVO range is more than worthy of our five star accolade. Just look at one and you’ll see, let alone ride one.