Tour de France Tech: Peter Sagan’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod

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You may have noticed that Peter Sagan’s bike has a slightly different “look” than your standard Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod shop floor model. Matter of fact all the Cannondale Pro Cycling team bikes are special. At this year’s Tour de France, the entire team is tapping into their “inner animal,” pedaling bikes with special animal-inspired paint schemes.

The idea of the whole project is to illustrate the close-knit pack that is the Cannondale Pro Cycling. Each member of the Tour team worked with Cannondale’s brand team and U.K.-based custom artist Death Spray to bring their designs to life.

In most cases the custom job is a nod to a creature you can find at the zoo: the grizzly bear (Ted King), the lion (Kristen Koren) and the wolf (Marco Marcato) for example. But the leader of the green points jersey standings went one step further with his special bike. Sagan is showing off his favorite superhero animal – the Wolverine. Or at least the Wolverine’s eyes.

Alas, Cannondale has yet to pull off a stage win at the this year’s Tour, and the hot rumor is that Sagan is about to leave the pack, and will sign a deal to ride for the Tinkoff-Saxo team for 2015. Regardless, they’re some very cool looking bikes.


Sagan Bike

Besides the custom paint scheme, Sagan’s EVO Hi-Mod utilizes custom geometry. It’s a size 54cm frame, but with a 57.5cm top tube, the same as what you’d find on a 58cm.

Sagan Eyes

Those eyes have all but locked down the green poinst jersey, but have yet to track down a stage win. Sagan has finished second four times during this year’s Tour.

Sagan Stem Sagan Crank

Sagan’s full FSA cockpit includes a nod to his Slovakian heritage. An SRM power meter is paired with Cannondale’s Hologram SLSL2 crankset, SRAM 53-39 chainrings, and green Speedplay Zero pedals. Cannondale is just one of three teams in the Tour running SRAM.

Sagan Nametag Sagan Saddle

The Slovakian flag shares space on Sagan’s top tube with the Wolverine eyes. Saddle choice is the Fizik Aliante

Sagan Brakes Sagan Wheels

SRAM Red brakes are paired with Vision’s Metron 81 tubulars, though Sagan has often run shallower profile rims during the Tour.

Lion Bike

Kristen Koren gets a more traditional green paint scheme on his Lion themed Cannondale SuperSix EVO. The super light frame is made using Cannondale’s proprietary BallisTec HI-MOD carbon construction method. Claimed frame weight is a wispy 700 grams.

Marco the Wolf Ted King Shifter

Marco Marcato’s wolf bike and all the other Cannondale Pro Cycling team bikes get special green accents on their SRAM Red shifters.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • twain says:

    Great gallery! It’s interesting to me that Sagan uses the Aliante saddle. It’s probably one of the most cushy, comfortable saddles ever. But you can’t really move around on it a lot; it’s most comfortable when you’re sort of sitting “in the middle” of it IMO. Incredible that these frames are in the 700 gram range, too.

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