Cannondale enters e-road with the SuperSix EVO Neo
Cannondale formally throws its hat into the performance e-road ring today introducing the new SuperSix EVO Neo. The new machine is an electric-assist version of its timeless road racing machine, the SuperSix EVO. The SuperSix EVO Neo retains the lightweight, handling and ride feel of the original, but with a discreet boost that tames hills, headwinds and promises to add life to your next outing.
Its non-electric sibling SuperSix EVO is a mainstay at the World Tour and regional racers worldwide. The electric Neo version benefits from the same aerodynamic achievements, slick integration but with added electric horsepower.
“We know that drag reduction has a huge effect on speed and performance in cycling. This holds true for e-road bikes as well; reducing drag makes it easier to go faster, especially once riders go above the assistance threshold,” – Nathan Barry, Cannondale Design Engineer.
Highly truncated airfoil tube shapes, which Cannondale claims can generate up to 30% less drag than a comparably sized round tube, are used throughout the frame, and system integrated components like the sleek SAVE SystemBar, KNØT stem and 27 KNØT seatpost all aid in keeping drag low and speeds high.
Mahle Ebikemotion X35 highlights
- Three levels of “just right” support–imperceptible until needed.
- Lightweight & concealed drive unit.
- 3.5kg (7.7 lbs) total system weight.
- Drag free motor located in the rear hub and hidden behind the disc and cassette.
- 250Wh downtube battery w/ 75km range(more with Range Extender).
- Smartphone App for in-depth system control.
Lightweight and fully integrated
If anyone knows how to build a lightweight bike, its Cannondale and this e-road bike is no exception. Cannondale paired its proprietary BallisTec carbon fiber construction with Mahle Ebikemotion’s X35 world-class lightweight drive system. The SuperSix EVO Neo 1 model weighs just 11.3 kg/24.9 lbs (based on a size large), said to deliver a ride that is so responsive, snappy, and lively that it’s easy to forget the SuperSix EVO Neo is an e-bike until it powers up hills.
The Mahle Ebikemotion drive system consists of a light, 250w rear hub motor and 250Wh battery hidden in the frame, offering three levels of “just right” support up to 20 mph (US) or 25 kph (EU); there when it’s needed, and invisible when it’s not. An integrated top tube control button lets riders select assist levels and monitor battery charge on the fly while blending seamlessly into the look of the frame and keeping the handlebars free of clutter.
Pricing and Availability
As one would expect, a premium performance comes at a premium price. Cannondale is offering the new SuperSix EVO Neo in a Di2 version will all the bells and whistles but also a more approachable 105 hydro version at $4,500. The SuperSix EVO Neo line-up features three disc-brake models available in sizes Small, Medium, and Large.
- SuperSix EVO Neo 1 $10,000 – Dura Ace Di2
- SuperSix EVO Neo 2 $6,500 – Ultegra Hydro Mechanical
- SuperSix EVO Neo 3 $4,500 – 105 Hydro Mechanical
SuperSix EVO Neo offers riders a new way to connect with their bike and the ride experience. Cannondale connected technology seamlessly pairs an integrated wheel sensor with the Cannondale App to deliver hyper-accurate speed, route and distance info, as well as provide curated information about their bike, send detailed service reminders and more all through their smartphone.
For more info on the new Cannondale Super Six Neo check out: Cannondale.com