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Cannondale's most affordable SuperSix Evo arrives in the road.cc office

by David Arthur   January 27, 2014  

The SuperSix Evo has been around for a few years now, in which time is has become a bit of a classic and has won plenty of professional races along the way. For 2014 Cannondale has made owning its race-ready bike even more affordable, offering a Shimano 105/Tiagra build for £1,699.

Cannondale has dropped the old SuperSix, first launched way back in 2006, and extended its successor, the SuperSix Evo, to the price points once occupied by the old SuperSix. Launched in 2011, the SuperSix Evo represented the US company’s lightest road bike at launch with a host of changes aimed at making it lighter, stiffer and more aero. 

Compared to the SuperSix Evo regularly raced by Peter Sagan and Strava Hero Ted King, the Evo here comes out of the same mould and even uses the same Ballistec carbon fibre, but forgoes the expensive hi-mod fibres of the more expensive Evo and instead uses intermediate-modulus stuff. This results in slightly heavier frame, but Cannondale still claim a sub-950g frame weight. The lightest Evo incarnation is about 695g. There is one subtle difference - the cable routing is external. The more expensive Evo has the rear brake routed through the top tube. Aside from that changes the frame carries the same identifying features.

It’s not an aero frame in the purest sense of the word, but Cannondale still worked on increasing the aero efficiency of the frame when it developed this frame. The frontal surface area is kept to a minimum with a 1 1/4in lower bearing in the tapered head tube, thinner fork blades and a slim down tube. The main tubes are also very straight, you don’t find many superfluous curves or shaping on this frame. The top tube is pleasingly horizontal, with just a smidgen of slope.

The frame is constructed in three sections. The head tube, top tube and down tube made as one piece, which are then bonded to the seat tube and bottom bracket - made as one part - and seatstays and chainstays - also made as one section. The top tube is a wide fat shape, slimming in the middle and creates an unusual junction with the skinny seat post, which accommodates a 27.2mm seatpost. The down tube is round throughout its entire length. The seat stays are really slim, Cannondale claim they’re able to soften impacts from the road.

The geometry is the same as the pricier Evo frames. This 56cm has 73.5 degree seat and tube angles, a 15.5cm head tube, 99cm wheelbase and 55.8cm stack and 39.5cm reach. 

Cannondale offer two 105 builds, this is the cheaper of the two and it makes a few concessions to get under £1,700. The Shimano 105 groupset is partnered with Tiagra brake calipers and a FSA Gossamer compact 50/34 chainset. Shimano’s R501 wheels are wrapped with Schwalbe Lugano 23mm tyres.

Finishing kit, by which we mean handlebar, stem, saddle and seatpost, is all Cannondale C3 branded. It’s the company’s own branded kit, and it’s all perfectly good looking kit. The weight? That is 8.5kg (18.95 lb) on the road.cc Scales of Truth. 

This is clearly a competitive price point, with a lot of choices. Really, you are spoilt for choice. Cannondale has trickled down a pro-level race-ready frame at a great entry-level price, it’s an ideal choice for racing or, even, sportives. 

Comparisons then. Sticking with carbon, you could get a Specialized Tarmac SL4, a similar trickle down race-ready bike, for £1,600 with a similar build kit, or the Trek Domane 4.0 for a little less at £1,500 with a mainly Tiagra build. Or a Giant TCR Advanced with a complete Shimano 105 groupset for a little more cash at £1,899.

Watch out for the full review soon. More at www.cannondale.com 

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I was about to have a go at Cannondale for what had previously been a slightly misleading scenario where you buy the cheaper build in order to upgrade bits over time, only to find that you got the cheaper frame as well. So, I'm pleased to see that it's now simpler, with just the Evo and the Evo hi-mod. Looks like a really nice bike for the money. Upgrade the wheels, chainset and brakes and you're flying.

BUT, come on! I mean, really! Is "sportivista" a word?! Big Grin

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2879 posts]
27th January 2014 - 13:08

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I loved my (dead) CAAD8 and I don't doubt that this is on another level of both stiffness and comfort, but I'm not sure I understand Cannondale's logic here in having the "Supersix Evo" mid-mod, and "Supersix Evo" hi-mod. Unless they're trying to help wannabe Sagans pretend that they've got the same bike as the Slovak for £1700 (which is kind of like BMW putting M badges on a 318 diesel...) I don't see the point.

And that cable routing near the fork shoulder makes me itch. How on earth are you going to put a lizardskin there - both sides of the join?

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posted by Gizmo_ [711 posts]
27th January 2014 - 13:44

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notfastenough wrote:
BUT, come on! I mean, really! Is "sportivista" a word?! Big Grin
Clearly not. Me and my keyboard had a disagreement over the word I was trying to write. Changed it now

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posted by David Arthur [1379 posts]
27th January 2014 - 13:53

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Nice all but the Lugano tyres for a fiver more each the Durano's or Ultremo's are a way better proposition considering the state of UK roads. The Lugano I had on the rear was a 'get me back home' tyre from Halfords, it did the job but the next 3 months were a little precarious. I really don't understand why manufacturers put crap tyres on performance bike to save less than a tenner!

posted by Guyz2010 [280 posts]
27th January 2014 - 14:42

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Gizmo_ wrote:
Unless they're trying to help wannabe Sagans pretend that they've got the same bike as the Slovak for £1700 (which is kind of like BMW putting M badges on a 318 diesel...)

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posted by parksey [168 posts]
27th January 2014 - 14:59

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Luganos aren't that bad. I did 5k miles on a pair last year and suffered 0 punctures. I still prefer Duranos, but for a tenner each (in some places) the Luganos could be a lot worse.

I've got a couple cannondales, including a supersix, which with a lighter groupset and wheels is absolutely superb!

I'm so lazy I'd rather order something off Wiggle than go to the shops for Haribo...

posted by Mr Jono [90 posts]
27th January 2014 - 15:01

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Gizmo_ wrote:
which is kind of like BMW putting M badges on a 318 diesel... I don't see the point.

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posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
27th January 2014 - 15:36

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Guyz2010 wrote:
Nice all but the Lugano tyres for a fiver more each the Durano's or Ultremo's are a way better proposition considering the state of UK roads. The Lugano I had on the rear was a 'get me back home' tyre from Halfords, it did the job but the next 3 months were a little precarious. I really don't understand why manufacturers put crap tyres on performance bike to save less than a tenner!

I had Duranos on a bike for about a month, three punctures and they looked really ropey after that time. Glad to get shot of them. Had the Londons on my commuter for a year now and (touch wood) not a single issue. GP4000s on my nice ride, and (touch wood) not a single issue.

posted by DrJDog [77 posts]
27th January 2014 - 18:54

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Got my eyes on this bike as my n+1. By the time I can afford it I might be fit enough to deserve it!

Looking forward to seeing the review.

posted by BikeBud [75 posts]
27th January 2014 - 20:16

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Gizmo_ wrote:
I loved my (dead) CAAD8 and I don't doubt that this is on another level of both stiffness and comfort, but I'm not sure I understand Cannondale's logic here in having the "Supersix Evo" mid-mod, and "Supersix Evo" hi-mod. Unless they're trying to help wannabe Sagans pretend that they've got the same bike as the Slovak for £1700 (which is kind of like BMW putting M badges on a 318 diesel...) I don't see the point.

And that cable routing near the fork shoulder makes me itch. How on earth are you going to put a lizardskin there - both sides of the join?

I disagree, the hi-mod is analogous to an F1 car, the mid-mod is the "go fast but you don't need lifetime subscription with a chiropractor". I wouldn't automatically assume that the hi-mod is the better bike for everyday use by us mere mortals.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2879 posts]
28th January 2014 - 13:27

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I love it, the Supersix (itself which came in standard and Hi-Mod versions) has been deleted and now its the SUPERSIX EVO (in standard and Hi-Mod) versions......

Spooky !!

Why is it that Cannondale do this all the time, they spent a long time building a halo brand and then constantly devalue it by bringing out cheaper versions of the top line frame a year later. Typical yank approach, we need new things every year.....I think not.

The M Badge on a 318 diesel is absolutely spot on !

posted by roadiesean [68 posts]
28th January 2014 - 21:06

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It's a Supersix EVO FFS, hi-mod or not (and let's face it, most of us wouldn't notice any difference, especially without a back to back comparison on the same stretch of road on the same day, and even then it would be 'emperors clothing' type differences) you're getting a lot of bike for the money. I disagree with the BMW analogy, I'd say it's more like you're getting last year's M series for the same as you paid for that old 318 way back in 2013, and that's got to be a good thing... unless you actually bought the M last year (poor you), but that's true with pretty much everything 'desirable' in a consumer culture.

posted by caaad10 [96 posts]
28th January 2014 - 23:23

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Rode a SuperSix Evo frame in California last year. Best bike I've ever ridden.

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7th February 2014 - 17:12

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