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Cannondale SuperSix Evo Range Review

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Review

  • Price Range: £1,799.99 - £10,999.99
  • Discipline: Road Race
  • Usage: Road racing and training
  • Super lightweight frames
  • Comfortable and fast
  • Options for most budgets
  • Limited women’s versions
  • External cable routing
  • Limited colour options

Updated: 28th November 2017

Overview

Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo is a road race bike that’s built for purpose. The SuperSix Evo is a staple of Cannondale’s stable as their lightweight carbon road bike. There is a wide range of models to choose from, which include rim brake and disc brake versions, as well as two different carbon options for the frame.

We review the SuperSix Evo range of bikes, showing you models of all prices that’ll fit your budget. With SAVE technology in the frames for greater comfort, a wide selection of Shimano and SRAM groupsets, and Mavic and Hollowgram wheels, the quality of components on the Cannondale SuperSix Evo range is clear. The super lightweight and smooth-rolling SuperSix Evo is a road race bike that you can live with day in and day out.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo frame

Frame

Ballistec and Hi-MOD carbon frames

Cannondale’s premier road racing bike, the SuperSix Evo range features a carbon frame and aggressive racing geometry. Cannondale’s proprietary Ballistec carbon has fibres often found in ballistic armour, meaning that they’re strong as well as light weight. The Hi-MOD frames use an even lighter carbon, making the bikes even lighter, while maintaining the same strength and durability.

The SuperSix Evo range has external cable routing. While this may not be fashionable or as neat looking as other bikes, it does make servicing them much easier. The electronic shifting models, like the Di2 and eTap, use either internal routing, or no routing at all. All the frames feature SAVE technology, which has built-in flex in the fork, seat tube and stays, giving extra compliance for comfort and helping to reduce fatigue.

The SuperSix EVO has long been one of the very best carbon fibre road bikes on the market - Road.cc

Cannondale SuperSix Evo groupset

Groupset

Shimano and SRAM mechanical and electronic groupsets

Shimano delivers smooth shifting from the entry-level 105 model, all the way to the Dura Ace models, and SRAM provides wireless shifting with the RED eTap models

As with all of Cannondale’s road bikes, the SuperSix Evo models are named after the groupsets that they feature. So, the SuperSix Evo 105 gets Shimano’s 105 11 speed groupset, while the SuperSix Evo Ultegra gets the Ultegra groupset and this continues up the range. The only differences are with the Hi-MOD Team and Hi-MOD Black Inc models, which both get Shimano Dura Ace Di2 electronic groupsets.

Most models come with the option of disc or rim brakes. Disc and rim models get slightly different frames and forks, though they're identical in geometry and feel. Disc brakes provide greater stopping power, both in wet and dry conditions, giving more control. Rim brakes are lighter though, and come at a lower price.  Every SuperSix Evo comes with Cannondale's Si crankset, with the higher models getting the superb HollowGram versions complete with one-piece chainrings.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo wheels

Wheels

Hollowgram wheels are lightweight

As the Cannondale SuperSix Evo is a race bike, lightweight wheels are a must. Mavic is known for their performance wheels, so you’ll find their Askium wheels – both rim and disc versions – on many of the entry-level and mid-range models. From the SuperSix Evo Dura Ace up to the Hi-MOD Red eTap, HollowGram wheels are used, which is Cannondale’s inhouse brand. They are lightweight carbon wheels that help deliver your power to the ground.

The Team bike gets Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL Disc wheels, similar to what the racing team would use, so you’d be properly set for racing. The special Black Inc models both get Enve SES wheels, which are a thing of beauty and are properly top end wheels. All of the Mavic wheeled bikes with rim brakes have matching Mavic Yksion tyres, while the disc versions get Schwalbe Lugano tyres. The models with HollowGram wheels get Vittoria Corsa tyres, and the Black Inc models get range-topping Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless tyres, for uncompromised performance.

The [Hollowgram] wheels are stiff, agile and stable in winds, and you could make them tubeless, saving rotational weight while improving ride quality and rolling resistance. - Bikeradar

Cannondale SuperSix Evo best for

Best for

Road racing at its best

Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo is an out-and-out race bike, built to perform at the highest levels. However, Cannondale made sure to also keep a certain level of comfort and versatility built-in to the range, making sure that every ride can enjoy the performance benefits.

The Cannondale SuperSix Evo range makes sure that there’s a bike at every price point, so anyone looking for a carbon race bike will find one for their budget. With SAVE technology, quality components from Cannondale, Shimano and Mavic, the SuperSix Evo range is built to perform at its very best, whether that’s during a race or training on the weekend.

Cannondale SuperSix Evo rear mech Cannondale SuperSix Evo handlebars
Cannondale SuperSix Evo rim brake Cannondale SuperSix Evo headetube
Cannondale SuperSix Evo disc brakes Cannondale SuperSix Evo forks

Cannondale SuperSix Evo range models

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