Cannondale SuperSix Evo Road Bike

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  • Frame: SuperSix EVO, BallisTec NANO Carbon
  • Fork: SuperSix EVO, Speed Save
  • Crank: New Cannondale Hollowgram SISL2
  • Bottom Bracket: Cannondale Aluminum PF30 BB Cup
  • Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace 9000
  • Chain: Shimano Dura Ace 9000


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[Oct 18, 2013]
T. Walker
Recreational Rider


Light, Stiff BB and cockpit, absorbs vibration/shock well, Di2


Price, new maintenance skills for Di2, longevity and durability of cutting edge frame/components

As there was not an entry for a 2013 EVO Dura-Ace Di2, I’ve placed it under this generic EVO heading. There are three bike technology developments which have been key with how I experience/use/interact with a bicycle. They are index shifting, moving shifting from the downtube to the brake levers, and now electronic shifting. I might throw clipless pedals in there, too. Nothing else comes close in terms of impact. Not carbon fiber/titanium doo-dads, not aero cross section tubes, not asymmetric frames, not compression fit jerseys, nor tubeless wheels.

The Dura Ace Di2 is a ground shift in the rider/bike interface. Besides pedaling, the only other thing you do more on a bike is shift gears, and anything which makes this more effortless and intuitive is worth the investment. A twitch of your finger and you can shift one gear, a longer twitch and you can shift 2, 3, or the entire cassette, depending on how you program your system. It is almost like having an OBDII port and a scanner for your bike when you hook your computer and ETube software up to your Di2 junction.

The future is in electronic groupos. With a power source, I see other electronics being driven through Di2; GPS/video/computer. I see future shifting being a single up or down button with the computer knowing which combination of chainrings and cassette cogs is the next higher or lower gearing combination. Shimano could probably program a single group to do anything from 10-22 speeds with a simple firmware download.

Beyond the Di2, the bike integrates these components almost seamlessly. Cable routing is almost invisible, except at the handlebar and only briefly. The cockpit is super stiff. I like the old school (skeletal) look of the Hollowgram spiderrings. The Mavic Exalith braking surface coating gives the brakes almost an electric motor whine as you come to a stop, reminiscent of a hybrid car's regenerative braking sound. They do take several episodes of hard braking to get past the squeeling stage though. I have noticed on out-of-the-saddle hill efforts in the lowest gearing there is some grinding which sounds like it is coming from the cassette and not front derailleur chain rub, which I need to check (chain stretch already?). The Fizik seat wing flex technology is noticeable and appreciated.

Beyond that, being 13lbs and 11oz w/o pedals, cages/bottles, computer or anything else is nothing short of wondrously miraculous. It almost leaps at the merest suggestion of haste. Coming from an older (1990's Kestrel 200SCi, almost 20 pounder) carbon fiber monocoque frame, it almost felt like the EVO had an electric boost motor. Significantly less lag between exertion and acceleration, even though HED Bastognes on my old bike are within a few grams (literally)of the Mavics.

One thing I do not appreciate is the plethora of warnings of delicacy and limited longevity (torque ratings, carbon lubes, frame longevity disclaimers, and limited lifespans of other bits and pieces. I guess that is what you pay for...lightweight, bragging rights (if you care to) and the thrill of professional gear, minus the semitruck of mechanics and spare parts.

Similar Products Used:

Kestrel 200SCi/Ultegra

[Jul 24, 2013]
El Lobo
Recreational Rider


Light weight & strong. Geometry. Slippery fast compared to Supersix HM. Quiet and smooth. Ride comfort on long-range efforts. Well designed. Increased impact resistance of Ballistec carbon fibre. Nice white/black painted finish.


BB not as stiff as Supersix Hi-Mod.
Too much bike for inexperienced or older riders.

My opinion of the 2012 Evo 2, Hi Mod. Sram Red.
It does everything you could possibly want out of a hi-end carbon race bike, at a reasonable price. Having extensively ridden both the S6 HM & the EVO, they are similar, but not the same bikes.
When pedalling, the EVO feels noticeably lighter underneath you and, easier in required control efforts. Its' tube sizes are noticeably smaller in dia. The top tube is 'narrowed' at the centre for additional knee clearance while pedalling in the drops. Steering response is precise, and more 'flickable' in all manouvres. No noticeable loss in HT stiffness compared to S6 HM under strong efforts.
A major difference between the two, is that the EVO 'is' deceptively fast, whilst feeling comfortable at the same time. It mutes most road vibration, making it feel 'quiet' [or slow]. On bumpy descents it's noticeably faster and easier on the body than S6 or earlier Madones. If you're not an experienced or confident bike handler, you'll be holding it back. The flattened chain stays dramatically reduce fore & aft 'pitching' on bumpy descents or other road corrugations. On this type of descent, the Evo won't smash its' chain against the r/h stay, where others do. It allows the rider to descend more confidently, as your head, fore-arms and lower body are not being battered, allowing focus on the road ahead.
When going solo, it easily holds speed on the flats, mixes well in a buch ride, or dares you to go in a break, when the legs are feeling good. Climbing isn't a problem on the Evo. If you're up for it on a steep section against your mates, it'll deliver you to the top. It climbs better in the saddle than S6, on long steady gradients due to lower overall weight and better road surface/bump absorbtion.
Standing climbing, the save stays feel different to S6's rigid rectangular design, with no noticeable loss in drive or accelleration. It feels nimble.
On rough or corrugated road sections, its 'hammer-time'. No need to back off here. In fact, purposely lead competitors behind you, through it. The dampening is a no-gimmick weapon in the EVO's arsenal. The SAVE chain stays make the rear tyre feel as though it has increased road holding over the S6.
I'm of the opinion that it's a bike for Club racers, climbers, weight weenies, and agressive Rec. riders. It's performance envelope would be unappreciated by infrequent or inexperienced riders. The Evo 2 HM with standard Ksyrium Elites, is an insanely light 6.82 kg inc. pedals. There is NO real benefit going any lighter.
At 1500 gms, Ksyrium Elites are dependable, and i've out climbed guys on more expensive set ups.
SRAM RED 'Black' provides pro-level group set performance. FSA SL-K bars, stem and post do the business well. Fizik Antares should suit most butts.
The EVO is the ultimate sportive bike to take on the 3 Peaks or le Etape du Tour cycling holiday.
A 'wrap-up comparison' between the S6 HM & EVO is; The EVO is a well dampened, user friendly F1 car, while the S6 HM is a stiff riding Porsche GT3. You decide, what kind of rider you are.
Ideal wheel up-grade would be either Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate tubular, Mavic 40C carbon clincher or Zipp 202.
My opinion would be that the regular carbon frameset offered on lower models, may be of a disappointment to the serious rider.

Similar Products Used:

2011 Supersix HM 2

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