Review: Cannondale Supersix EVO Hi-Mod

The Evo is without question one of the best bikes on the market. Outwardly it looks very similar to the previous model, however the new frame has been completely redesigned.

Frame

Using a ballistic carbon construction, Cannondale was able to tune stiffness and ride feel by adding ultra high modulus fibres to key locations. The new one-piece Speed Save fork includes compression-molded dropouts and crown race. The trend for the next generation of climbing bikes is certainly to improve aerodynamics, so what is Cannondale’s approach? TAP (truncated aero profiles), assigns subtle aero tube shapes to key areas. Cannondale was conscious not to go too aero, as this would mean compromising in other areas, but still, the new Evo is a claimed six watts more efficient at 40kph than the old one. There is also ‘Size Specific Construction’ meaning that carbon lay-up is precisely tuned for each size frame.

Specification

This model uses the same frameset as the pro bike ridden by Cannondale-Garmin, but is built with lower spec parts. Shimano Ultegra mechanical is fitted throughout, with the exception of the proprietary Hollowgram SL Spider Ring chainset. Mavic Ksyrium wheels are, as always, high quality.

Ride

The Evo is ultra-stiff, making it lively and fun to ride yet precise and measured. Considering the stiffness and low weight, this bike is surprisingly comfortable. Climbing, as you would expect, is superb, thanks to the combination of rigidity and lightweight. However, it is descending where the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod really shines. Cornering on this bike is incredible.