Cannondale was at the recent Bike Press Camp event showing us their all new SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod series that now come with disc brake options. Designed for the elite level competitor who wants consistent braking in multiple conditions. Cannondale seeks to combine the perfect balance of stiffness, compliance, handling, efficient aerodynamics and ultralight weight in this premium model.
According to Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Development, Scott Rittschof, “Cannondale is constantly searching for performance advantages that we can offer to riders and we are excited to introduce disc brakes to our elite road race bikes. Disc brakes offer more consistent braking in all conditions, particularly in wet weather, and overall a much better braking experience.” While their wet weather performance is superior, many consumers remain skeptical while the industry, media and early adopters sort through early “teething” issues.
We got an up close look at the all new SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc which starts with a high modulus carbon frame that weighs a claimed 829 grams. Of course, the disc brakes added weight but the claim is that the weight gain was kept to less than 150 grams. Cannondale uses a flat-mount system that is now almost standard. Up front, a 100x12mm thru-axle keeps the handling tight and stiff. Internal cable routing adds to the bikes aesthetics with a clean, streamlined look.
Cannondale’s engineers took every aspect of the race-winning performance SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD and introduced an 829g elite race chassis with disc brakes, while maintaining all of the ride characteristics of one of the most popular and well-rounded race bikes on the market. The integrated flat-mount disc brake system offers the rider increased control and consistency in braking. A 100x12mm front thru-axle system keeps things tight and stiff. The high performance carbon fork still uses a continuous fiber design from the top of the fork to the bottom.
The frame features Cannondale’s TAP (Truncated Aero Profile) tube shapes in both the frame and fork to reduce drag and improve aero efficiency for faster speeds in the flats and on breakaways. Of course, the BallisTec carbon frame has been reworked to increase stiffness in the bottom bracket and head tube. A redesigned SPEED SAVE micro-suspension delivers increased compliance from the frame and fork for better cornering, comfort and control. This means that flex has been built in to the frame in flex zone areas like the way the stays and the fork are shaped and flattened to absorb a lot of the shock or road buzz to keep the rider more comfortable. The SAVE seatpost is 25.4mm in diameter and is designed to flex.
Spec highlights of the SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc Ultegra Di2 include the Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed drivetrain, Shimano BR805 Hydraulic Disc brakes and HollowGram Si Carbon Clincher Disc wheelet. Available sizes are: 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 63cm.
This is Cannondale’s first elite level UCI approved race bike with disc brakes and they wanted to do it right. If you’re wondering how wide a tire you can fit, the bike is spec’ed with 25c tires but can fit up to 28c. The SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc Ultegra Di2 shown here is the highest level disc version and it is available from your local Cannondale dealer now and has an MSRP of $6199.99. There will be a forth-coming Black Inc version of the SuperSix EVO Hi-mod Disc but it won’t be available until much later this year. A quick look at the model line-up is:
SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc Ultegra Di2 – $6199.99
SuperSix EVO Women’s Hi-Mod Disc Ultegra Di2 – $6199.99
SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc Ultegra – $4199.99
SuperSix EVO Disc Red – $3799.99
SuperSix EVO Disc Ultegra – $2999.99
SuperSix EVO Disc Women’s 105 – $2799.99
For more information on the entire SuperSix line, visit www.cannondale.com