Cannondale recently held a show for its 2018 model year bikes in deepest Wiltshire so we headed along to take a closer look. In the video above we've picked out several key highlights from the range, including the SuperSix Evo, all-new Synapse Carbon, Synapse Alloy SE, CAAD12 and CAADX SE.
As you know if you’re a regular reader of road.cc, the big news for Cannondale in 2018 is the launch of the completely updated Synapse, the company’s go-to endurance bike. A lighter and stiffer carbon frame, wider tyre clearance, mudguard mounts and revised SAVE comfort-boosting technology amount to a lot of changes for a bike that has long been popular with UK cyclists. You can read all about it from the launch in the article linked below.
If you are on a budget, Cannondale offers the new Synapse in aluminium and we picked the Synapse Disc 105 SE (£1,299.99) model because of its Special Equipment moniker that ensures it stands out from the rest of the range. An understated paint finish along with WTB tan sidewall tyres mark this bike out as a bit special. We like a lot.
There are no changes to the SuperSix Evo into 2018. It was last updated in 2016 with the addition of a disc brake version along with a number of other changes aimed at lowering the weight and upping the stiffness and comfort. The stunning black and chrome bike in the video is the £4,999.99 SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace model. We'll hopefully be getting our hands on this very bike to review later in the year.
Here's a bonus SuperSix Evo for you. This is the £ 5,999.99 SRAM Red eTap model and we're LOVING the grey and yellow paint job. And yes, we know, that saddle angle... don't blame us.
Lots of love for aluminium both from us here at road.cc and from Cannondale. It's one of the few big bike brands that still believe in aluminium, the material that the US company originally carved its reputation with before transitioning to carbon for its top-level race bikes. The CAAD12 is the latest in a long line of CAAD models and is now available with either rim or disc brakes. Both frames are lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the previous CAAD10. The model we've picked in this video is a brand new Tiagra-equipped model which makes it the most affordable CAAD12 to date.
Lastly, Cannondale is in an interesting position in being one of the few big brands not to offer a dedicated adventure/gravel bike. Okay, there was the Slate, a 650b Lefty suspension bike, but Cannondale UK isn’t bringing it into the UK next year. Instead, it has taken its cyclocross bike, the CAADX, and through a change of components has modified it for adventure riding, the tyres and gearing being the key changes. It'll be interesting to see this bike and see how it fares against the latest crop of adventure-specific bikes. There’s also a pricier SuperX SE but that wasn’t ready for the launch event.
Full 2018 model list and prices
|SuperSix EVO Disc Black Inc.||£10,999.99|
|SuperSix EVO Black Inc.||£9,499.99|
|SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Team||£8,499.99|
|SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD RED eTap||£5,999.99|
|SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace||£4,999.99|
|SuperSix EVO RED eTap||£4,799.99|
|SuperSix EVO Dura-Ace||£3,699.99|
|SuperSix EVO Ultegra Di2||£3,199.99|
|SuperSix EVO Disc Women's Ultegra||£2,699.99|
|SuperSix EVO Disc Ultegra||£2,699.99|
|SuperSix EVO Ultegra||£2,099.99|
|SuperSix EVO 105||£1,799.99|
|SuperSix EVO Women's 105||£1,799.99|
|Synapse Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace Di2||£7,799.99|
|Synapse Hi-MOD Disc RED eTap||£6,499.99|
|Synapse Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace||£4,999.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc RED eTap||£4,999.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace||£3,999.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2||£3,799.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc Women's Ultegra Di2||£3,699.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra SE||£3,249.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc Women's Ultegra||£2,699.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra||£2,699.99|
|Synapse Carbon Disc 105||£2,199.99|
|Synapse Carbon Women's 105||£1,599.99|
|Synapse Disc 105 SE||£1,299.99|
|Synapse Disc Women's 105||£1,199.99|
|Synapse Disc 105||£1,199.99|
|Synapse Disc Women's Tiagra||£999.99|
|Synapse Disc Tiagra||£999.99|
|Synapse Disc Women's Sora||£849.99|
|Synapse Disc Sora||£849.99|
|CAAD12 Disc Dura-Ace||£3,499.99|
|CAAD12 Disc Ultegra||£2,199.99|
|CAAD12 Disc 105||£1,699.99|
|CAAD12 Women's 105||£1,399.99|
|CAADX 105 SE||£1,299.99|
|SuperX Force 1 SE||£3,249.99|
|SuperX Force 1||£2,999.99|
|SuperX Apex 1||£2,499.99|
More at www.cannondale.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.