The All New Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod
The best just got a whole lot better.
Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo was released to much fanfare when it first came to the market. Touted as the lightest production bike, the SuperSix also quickly gained praise for its impeccable handling and superb ride quality. That was four years ago, and with so many rave reviews it is no wonder the team at Cannondale took so long to release an update.
In the years since the initial introduction of the SuperSix Evo, some manufacturers have been able to produce slightly lighter bikes and a wave of “aerodynamic” designs have propagated across the industry leaving many to wonder if Cannondale would follow suit by refining the SuperSix Evo to drop a few grams and introduce a new line of aero bikes. Instead, Cannondale decided to utilize their engineering prowess to turn the brand new SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod into the ultimate all-around road bike. To start, Cannondale integrated their SAVE technology, developed for the endurance oriented Synapse, to the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod’s rear and completely redesigned the fork to enhance compliance and comfort. A stiffer headtube and steertube design as well as a larger, BB30a, bottom bracket bring increase power transfer by enhancing stiffness at these locations 12% and 11% respectively. Cannondale claim they could have increased these number even more, however it would have adversely effect the ride quality they were seeking. Since aerodynamics have become such an important aspect in modern bicycle design Cannondale did introduce new tube shapes to enhance aerodynamics over the older SuperSix.
What resulted from this four year lag, between the introduction of the SuperSix Evo and this much anticipated update, is what many in the industry are dubbing “the best all-around round road bike.” While the frame weight went up slightly, frameset (frame, fork and headset) came down putting the new SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod firmly in the echelon of lightest production road frames (contrary to what the manufacturers would have you believe it’s hard to truly pin this down). Most importantly enhanced stiffness, compliance and aerodynamics result in a bike with near psychic handling, so you can confidently dive into corners at speed and be comfortable enough that rough roads and hours in the saddle won’t destroy your body so you are ready to hammer as hard at the end of the ride as the beginning.