Bike Test: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod (2016) RIDE71
Lightweight, fantastic handling, classic styling, quality finish, and clever technology all in a bike that’s as relevant in 2018 as it was when launched several years ago.
With a light frame, slim seat post, pinched chainstays and neat cable routing, the SuperSix Evo is a classic bike that remains highly relevant years after launch. Cannondale continues to innovate but this bike from 2016 is still being raced in the WorldTour in 2018.
This is the fifth bike review from #RIDE71, published in March 2016.
Click the image above to see the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod review as it appeared in our magazine (published March 2016).
“The seatpost actually had to be Cannondale’s own.
“Only a few years back everything was oversized – bars, stems, posts… Then companies, in an effort to increase compliance, went back to 27.2mm. Cannondale has gone a step further (or is it a step back, given Campagnolo made seatposts of this diameter nearly half a century ago) and combined their SAVE technology and all 2016 model bikes come with a 25.4mm post.
“Cannondale led the industry with its BB30 bottom bracket shell and the slimmed seatpost is actually possible through its use of the wider BB30A BB shell, technology first introduced with the Synapse several years ago. It was a move made completely with the aim of adding compliance, which I found intriguing. Of all the things said about previous iterations of the EVO, ‘too stiff’ was never a complaint I heard.”
– Nick Squillari
Build Report in brief
Cannondale is particularly proud of the new SuperSix fork. It’s a one-piece construction rather than the four-part bonding processes that was used on the superseded model. The result is a hyper light fork (298g) that is incredibly stiff.
Its fluid shape includes an integrated crown race which is common in road bikes with a carbon steerer as it improves stiffness and strength while reducing weight.
The improved fork also carries aesthetic benefits.
It is so slender that it is hard to believe it fits a 1-1/4” lower bearing at its crown. This new fork is probably the most noticeable alteration to the SuperSix.
The changes are subtle on every new element on this Cannondale, but it is the little things that do make the difference, and Cannondale’s engineers deserve praise for creating a product that many consider to be the ‘perfect’ bike.
- Cannondale’s Speed Save chainstays are flatter than most. It provides some give and cushion when on the road and is one of Cannondale’s many hallmarks.
- This Evo is more aero than the previous iteration thanks to the TAP (trunkated aero profile) tubes. Its watt savings are meagre compared with bulkier frames but any saving is a good one.
- The gear cables are not hidden in the frame. They are close together and run down the centre of the down tube before threading into the frame and to the various derailleurs. It’s a neat system that enhances shifting…
- The Hollowgram SiSL2 crankset (below) weighed an astonishing 120g less than an equivalent 52/36 Shimano Dura-Ace crank.
- The predominantly external cables are a nice change when the majority of top bikes are free of visible steel wires. Consideration before installing the rear derailleur cable is paramount — leave the cranks off until the cable is mounted or else it will result in crank removal and fitting practice.