Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team review

An Evo-lution for the Team Edition SuperSix

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £7,499.00 RRP

Our review

Truly stunning but there are better Evo models available
Buy if, You want a bike that combines race geometry, impeccable handling and comfort beyond expectations
Pros: The handling and road manners are stunning; a nailed-on future classic
Cons: Expensive, and the wheels can’t quite do justice to the chassis
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The latest SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team is the product of years of evolution of Cannondale’s WorldTour bikes, though somewhat unusually these days it doesn’t actually have a lighter frame than its predecessor. What it does have is a lower overall ‘system’ weight.

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Take into account the frame, fork, headset, seatpost and crankset and you get to an impressive 1,303g – that’s lighter by a full 415g than Specialized’s S-Works Tarmac. This has been achieved by the introduction of a new 280g fork, 40g lighter than the outgoing model, with the new super-slim 25.4mm seatpost saving a further 30g. Cannondale’s distinctive SiSL2 chainset is also lighter than opposition offerings.

Stiff, direct but exceedingly comfortable

But low weight is still only ever part of the equation. Fortunately Cannondale’s boffins have created a ride that backs it up in spades. The classic Cannondale geometry feels familiar and the shape is as we expected – but the feel is something else, the front end stiff and direct.

Your steering inputs are met with a change in direction of such speed and stability that you know that the EVO is going to hit the mark every time, with the bike pretty much there before you even have a chance to think about it. As you’d expect with a bike this light the SuperSix climbs spectacularly, echoing the Focus Izalco Max in encouraging you to get out of the saddle and dance on the pedals like a slow-motion Marco Pantani.

The front end is stiff, but it is also composed over gravel-strewn tarmac
Robert Smith

What is equally impressive is just how smooth the EVO feels. Pro-level bikes used to have the – deserved – reputation of being stiff and harsh, but the ability of bikes like this, Cervélo’s R5, the Izalco and Trek’s Domane to cope with bad roads has put paid to that.

Cannondale’s designers have combined the smoothness of the Synapse with the lightness of the previous EVO. Yes, the front end is stiff, but it is also composed over rutted roads and gravel-strewn tarmac. The 25.4mm seatpost and a seat tube that increases in diameter down its length keep things equally smooth at the back.

Room for a wheel upgrade

Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 is its usual impeccable self, while the FSA cockpit and Fizik’s Arione saddle are both choices that we would make. The only kit we’d really question is the Mavic Cosmic 40 wheelset.

More than 90% of the time the wheels are exactly what you’d want: light, very well put together and with an aerodynamic advantage. The non-Exalith braking track is consistent, if a little noisy under hard braking, but the Cosmics are nowhere near as good, if you’re shopping in this bracket, as the Zipp 303s on the Izalco.

Mavic’s Cosmics are very good wheels but are susceptible to sidewinds
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Being overtaken by a large truck can necessitate some sharp reactions on your part and strong crosswinds also require close attention and concentration. Great wheels in fine conditions, but the trade-off at other times is a little too much for our liking.

The EVO’s finish is all you’d expect of a professional-level bike – the pictures really don’t do it justice. The SiSL2 crankset is impossibly stiff for its low weight and the SpideRing offers flawless shifting.

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But though the EVO verges on a masterpiece for its ride quality, it’s a good deal pricier than Focus’s similarly specced Izalco Max, which offers a comparable cycling experience.

Product Specifications

Product

Name SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team
Brand Cannondale

Available Sizes 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm 63cm
Saddle Fizik Arione R3
Wheelbase (cm) 100
Top Tube (cm) 57.5
Standover Height (cm) 84
Seat Tube (cm) 55.5
Chainstays (cm) 40.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 28
Wheelset Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 clinchers, 400mm deep rims, 16 spokes front, 20 spokes rear
Weight (kg) 6.43
Trail 6
Stem FSA Os 99 carbon 110mm
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Seatpost FSA K-Force Aero
Seat Angle 74
Rear Wheel Weight 1440
Bottom Bracket BB30
Rear Tyre Mavic Yksion Pro SSC GripLink/PowerLink, 700x25mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Headset Type Cannondale
Head Angle 73.5
Handlebar FSA K-Force carbon 42cm
Front Wheel Weight 1060
Front Tyre Mavic Yksion Pro SSC GripLink/PowerLink, 700x25mm
Frame Material BallisTec Hi-Mod Carbon
Fork Offset 4.25
Fork BallisTec carbon
Cranks Cannondale SiSL2 175mm 52/36
Chain Shimano
Cassette Shimano CS-9000 11-28
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace
Frame size tested 58cm