Cannondale SuperSix Disc Evo Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2
The Cannondale SuperSix EVO’s first two generations became the benchmark by which all race bikes were measured. The last version took lightweight to the extreme without compromising comfort, plus handled impeccably.
It did lack aerodynamics, but to some – me included – it was the classic straight top tube and round tube profiles that appealed.
Now we have generation three with all the traits of a contemporary race machine – dropped stays, aero-optimised tubes and modern integration. Thankfully, even with all the changes, I’m delighted to report that it’s not lost its soul.
Bike of the Year 2020
The Cannondale SuperSix Disc Evo Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2 is part of our annual Bike of the Year test.
Head to our Bike of the Year hub for the full list of winners, categories and shortlisted bikes, as well as the latest reviews – or read our behind-the-scenes feature on how we tested Bike of the Year 2020.
The SuperSix EVO Carbon Disc Ultegra walked away with our overall road bike prize in this year’s Bike of the Year awards, where we focussed on machines between £2,500 and £4,000. That bike featured Cannondale’s second-tier Carbon frame – what we have here, as part of our superbike test, is the flagship Hi-Mod chassis, which drops the weight from 999g to 866g.
The chassis shares the same kammtail profile as the Carbon model. The truncated-airfoil design ‘cheats’ the air into believing that the tail is still there for aero gains – around a 30 per cent drag reduction over the old bike at 30mph, says Cannondale.
It’s not just the frameset that’s aero, either, because Cannondale developed both wheels and an all-new cockpit for the EVO.
The Knot bar and stem on the EVO eschews a traditional clamp in favour of a cradle that the bar sits on – the bolts thread through the bar – which offers 8 degrees of pitch adjustment.
The aero-shaped bar is lighter and slimmer than most aero-topped bars. A D-shaped seatpost is used, based on Cannondale’s innovative slim 25.4mm post found on the Synapse.
Lightest disc frame ever
The new EVO chassis is aero-optimised yet weighs just 866g (56cm); with the fork at 389g and a 162g seatpost, it’s the lightest disc frame that Cannondale has ever produced.
The matched Knot 45 wheels are 45mm deep and a broad 32mm wide – so wide you can see them protrude beyond the 25c tyres. The thru-axles are the same speed-release system as seen on the SystemSix.
Dura-Ace Di2 (52/36, 11-30) is what you’d expect on a bike at this price. Cannondale includes its Garmin-partnered front wheel Speed Sensor as standard for a more accurate reading of speed than a GPS alone.
The EVO also comes with the contentious Power2Max NG Eco power meter. Cannondale’s idea is to include the hardware – a Power2Max meter built onto its own SiSL2 cranks – but the meter isn’t activated. You need to make a one-off payment of £430 through Power2 Max’s app to activate.
It’s something you see in the automotive industry but is new to cycling. It can actually keep the cost down and I don’t have a problem with it. But some might.
A Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset with 52/36, 11-30. David Caudery / Immediate Media
Cannondale SuperSix Disc Evo Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2 ride impressions
On the road, this EVO impresses everywhere. The flyweight 7.5kg pays off on the climbs, and it responds so quickly that it almost takes you by surprise. As for descending, it’s all about fast, accurate smoothness.
The ride position of a long 395mm reach and low 594mm stack on my 58cm test bike is pure race; that, combined with classic parallel 73-degree angles, gives it the EVO feel, even if it’s slightly taller upfront than the previous generation.
Its rapid, telepathic response to all of your inputs – steering through the bars or subtle weight shifts, leaning into corners, and standing and sprinting – are all pitch perfect. The bike’s handling and feel is simply stunning.
Prologo Dimension NDR Nack saddle. David Caudery / Immediate Media
On the EVO, I stayed out longer, rode further and actively searched for challenging climbs and descents to enjoy its formidable charms. The build is nigh-on flawless. I can’t think of a single thing I’d want to change.
The Di2 charging port on the down tube (found on the bars on smaller sizes). David Caudery / Immediate Media
Cannondale SuperSix Disc Evo Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2 geometry
Sizes (* tested): 44, 48, 51, 54, 56, 58*, 60, 62cm
Seat angle: 72.9 degrees
Head angle: 73 degrees
Seat tube: 55.8cm
Top tube: 57.8cm
Head tube: 18.8cm
Fork offset: 4.5cm
Bottom bracket drop: 6.9cm
Bottom bracket height: 27.3cm
With thanks to…
BikeRadar would like to thank 100%, Q36.5, Lazer, Garmin and Facom for their support during our Bike of the Year test.