Connecticut-based Cannondale rolled out a host of new bikes on the lead up to the Tour de France (click to enlarge).
As is always the case this time of year, it's been a very busy launch season. Specialized, Scott and Trek have all rolled out new aero bikes in the last month. Giant showed off a new all-around racer, and Eddy Merckx revamped its whole line. Now we catch up with the crew from Cannondale, who've revamped both their everyday race bike and aluminum model.
The new Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD is billed as the ultimate in pure road racing performance, balancing stiffness, road-smoothing compliance, pin-point handling, and efficient aerodynamics into one lightweight package. "We wanted the whole enchilada," said Cannondale. Meanwhile, the new CAAD12 is a bike Cannondale calls the best performing alloy race bike it's ever made, blending light weight, stiffness and compliance. Here's a look at both new bikes starting with the SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD.
The New EVO Hi-MOD has more acceleration, thanks to a new BallisTec Carbon frame that Cannondale claims is 11% stiffer at the bottom bracket. Interestingly, Cannondale opted against internal cable routing along the downtube for mechanical systems. They claim the aero difference between internal and external routing is so minimal that it didnt make sense to add the extra weight - or installation headaches (click to enlarge).
Cannondale's System Integration approach to bike design yields a frame weight that is over 60 grams lighter than the previous EVO, making it that much better for climbing (click to enlarge).
Truncated aero profile tube shapes in the frame and fork reduce drag and improve efficiency. We love the look of the Team Edition, which is one of seven available models. Pricing will run from $4,500 for mechanical Ultegra to a wallet-busting $12,500 for Dura-Ace Di2 (click to enlarge).
Cannondale claims head tube stiffness is up by 11 percent, which is designed to enhance control.The 25.4mm seatposts will smooth the ride (click to enlarge).
The Ultegra build is sure to be a hot seller, combing solid value and performance with good looks. All the bikes see the mount for the seat-tube-mounted water bottle lowered so it's better shielded behind the bottle that's on the downtube (click to enlarge).
Continue to page 2 to learn about the new Cannondale CAAD12 »
The new alloy CAAD12 has improved acceleration and sharper handling thanks to a wider BB30a bottom bracket shell, asymmetrically oversized chain stays and a flared seat tube that increases BB stiffness-to-weight by 13%. A new hourglass-shaped head tube and modified top tube and down tube increase head tube stiffness-to- weight by 10%, says Cannondale (click to enlarge).
This bike is aimed at the budget-minded buyer who still wants high performance. Cannondale claims the CAAD platform was the last alloy bike to win grand tour stages (click to enlarge).
The new bike will come in both disc and rim brake versions. Cannondale says it went straight from CAAD10 to CAAD12 because this bike raised the bar so much. Hydroforming throughout led to frame weight loss, and gives the bike a carbon-like look (click to enlarge).
Cannondale claims the weight savings for a size 56cm painted frame, fork, seatpost, and headset is 200 grams over the CAAD10 (click to enlarge).
The seat tube on the new bike has flared Delta shaping and smaller diameter that Cannondale first incorporated into its Synapse endurance bike. There's also a 25.4mm seatpost for additional comfort when pedaling in the saddle (click to enlarge).
The bike will be available in seven models and seven frame sizes. Here's an Shimano Ultegra build in Acid Red. Complete pricing is pending (click to enlarge).
For more information visit www.cannondale.com.