The Cannonade SuperSix EVO frameset carries all the hallmarks of a modern race bike. Its downtube and seat tube have a fat ‘Truncated Aero Profile’ shape, yet the bike provides a very compliant ride. While the 27.2mm seatpost now becomes standard for most road bikes from different brands, Cannondale has slimmed their seatpost even further down to 25.4 mm. The SuperSix Evo’s frame and fork weigh in at a claimed 777 g and 280 g respectively, which easily puts it in the featherweight bike category. The test bike that I rode was equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Cannondale HollowGram SiSL2 chainset and Mavic Cosmic aero wheels.
On the road, the SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod was lovely to ride. Thanks to its skinny seatpost, the ride was impressively well damped over choppy surfaces; the smoothness feeling it gave somehow made me ride faster and for longer periods of time. Although the SuperSix EVO may not feel as stiff as the Cervelo S5 and LOOK 795 Light, the bike was still very capable of picking up speed almost instantly and without any hesitation when I punched the pedals. In the hills, however, was where the SuperSix EVO really shined. Its low weight combined with the stiffness of its bottom bracket makes it a climber’s dream. The low weight of the bike made even the toughest climbs seem easy. When it came to descents, the SuperSix Evo felt very solid as well. It was stable and predictable when I pushed hard through the corners. This is very impressive considering other light weight bikes on the market generally perform poorly in this area.
Overall, the SuperSix EVO certainly lived up to its reputation as being an all-round race bike. It comes as no surprise that it won the 2015 Road Bike of the Year Award by Velo Magazine. All this performance however comes with a big price tag.