Cannondale have unveiled the latest iteration of the SuperSix
EVO, and true to its name it's very much an evolution of their
ever-popular lightweight road model.
The SuperSix has a lot to live up to, the original model rapidly
became a favourite, managing to capture that elusive blend of
performance and "feel", with a hard to describe but easy to
recognise combination of crisp handling and smooth ride.
We're really excited by this new model. Traditionally
ultra-light bikes were one trick ponies, great for climbing but
less effective on the flat. Cannondale have been a major force in
changing this with the original SuperSix, which has proven
well-rounded and capable enough to be a superb choice not just for
pure climbers but for high-performance riding on any roads.
The new bike features more aerodynamic tube shapes, usually a
recipe for higher weight, yet it manages to come in ever so
slightly lighter than the previous generation. This is a win/win -
greater aero efficiency with no weight penalty is brilliant news
for a lightweight bike. Still just as good at climbing and now
faster on the flatter roads.
Cannondale say they've also been able to build in more vertical
compliance for a smoother ride, whilst keeping the frame as a whole
just as stiff and efficient for power delivery.
As always Cannondale are the masters of making a frame
comfortable for long days in the saddle without any flashy
suspension gimmicks. Instead they refer to their SAVE system as
"micro suspension" and it's all about building shock absorbency
into the frame itself via carefully considered carbon layup and
2020 brings a newly engineered SAVE seatpost in their classic
skinny diameter, which together with the dropped seat stays
provides a degree of natural flex that we've found to be remarkably
efficient at reducing road buzz and absorbing bumps.