When the latest SuperSix EVO launched earlier in the year it meant saying farewell to one of the most-loved framesets of recent years (although it is still available) as Cannondale’s premier road bike.
In contrast with its name, the new SuperSix EVO is more revolution than evolution and a complete root and branch overhaul of the model.
Dropped seatstays, sloping top tube and aero tube profiles. David Caudery / Immediate Media
Some commentators were dismayed to see the new EVO gain dropped seatstays, a sloping top tube and aero tube profiles, just like any number of the current crop of leading road bikes.
Others embraced the design recognising that, although it’s admirable to stand out from the crowd, there’s a very good reason that so many designs look so similar. And with the many subtleties built into each brand’s offerings, if you’re prepared to look beyond the silhouette, they’re quite different.
Cannondale Supersix EVO Carbon Disc 105 versions
There are four Hi-Mod (high modulus) carbon versions of the SuperSix EVO: one with rim brakes, plus five BallisTec Carbon models, of which two have rim brakes. Four of those are also available as women’s models.
My SuperSix EVO Carbon Disc 105 is the least expensive BallisTec Carbon Disc bike, and comes with a Shimano 105 disc groupset with the only deviation being its Cannondale 1 crankset with FSA 52/36 rings.
Cannondale provides the alloy bar and stem, plus the slim, truncated airfoil-shaped seatpost. You’d expect carbon fibre here but this is aluminium alloy.
The wheels are Fulcrum Racing 900 DB and are shod with Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick 25mm tyres, which measure 27mm wide on these rims.
A new internal cable routing system for the SuperSix EVO. David Caudery / Immediate Media
The old EVO’s external cable routing has been replaced by an all-internal system with the gear cables passing close on either side of the head tube, then diving into the upper face of the down tube.
The flexible brake hoses are routed tightly beneath the stem, then drop through an opening in the extended front of the headset top cap. From here, they can move freely inside the uncluttered forward portion of the head tube within the fork’s permitted range of rotation on their way to the respective calipers.
There’s an instant familiarity and connection with the new EVO, helped by its conventional 73-degree head angle, 73.3-degree seat tube angle, generous top tube and taller head tube, which, for me, meant no spacers, unlike on the equivalent-sized old EVO.
Cannondale Supersix EVO Carbon Disc 105 ride impressions
Cannondale wanted to retain the EVO’s excellent ride quality and handling, and although elements of its ride are undoubtedly different, they have only improved.
Hacking around my local country lanes after weeks of sustained rain meant new potholes and more damaged tarmac, plus the need for lots of evasive action. With 75 to 80psi in the Vittorias, the EVO felt beautifully composed, whether gliding along on the flat or weaving around obstructions.
Over truly corrugated surfaces, the bump absorption from the front end is superb, even humbling Trek’s Domane SL4, despite its lesser tyre volume.
Seated comfort from the Prologo saddle, that aluminium seatpost and the dropped stays are impressive, too, and put the new EVO right up there with the best current road bikes.
Excellent ride quality and comfort from the SuperSix EVO. Robert Smith
It’s a cultured ride and the increased grip it produces enhances everything else. Line choices are easier, cornering more composed and pushing hard feels less stressful.
Shimano’s faithful 105 is as slick as ever and works well with the Cannondale/ FSA chainset, while the discs have all the modulated power you could need.
It’s a willing ride, with great torsional rigidity evident when standing on the pedals and that translates into a decent turn of speed. With the Fulcrums supplied, it’s by no means blistering, but it is positive and easily sustainable.
Through incessantly rolling roads, I carried more speed and revelled in the EVO’s efficiency. Whether that’s the claimed aero gains, better power transfer or that smooth ride, I can’t say, but the new EVO is a class act that I expect to enjoy for some time to come.
Cannondale Supersix EVO Carbon Disc 105 geometry
Seat angle: 74 degrees
Head angle: 73 degrees
Seat tube: 52.6cm
Top tube: 55.5cm
Head tube: 16.4cm
Fork offset: 4.5cm
Bottom-bracket height: 27.2cm
Bottom-bracket drop: 7.2cm
How we tested
This bike was tested as part of a five bike grouptest of bikes priced at around £2,000 that have been searched for the most online in the past year and are still available.
The bikes were tested against each other to find out which one provides the best blend of comfort and performance.
Bikes also on test:
- Trek Domane SL4
- Giant TCR Advanced 2 Disc
- Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 7.0
- Ribble R872 Disc