Cannondale Super Six EVO first ride review « RAY COX CYCLING WEBPAGE

Cannondale Super Six EVO first ride review

Cannondale, a brand your father and older riding partners will most probably remember as the bike to have in the 90′s. They’ve come along way from that little train station in Bed ford, Pennsylvania. From oversized Aluminium tubing too todays Carbon fibre models, Cannondale’s pedigree cannot be ignored.


I was handed a Cannondale Super Six EVO last month by Chris Jnr at Chris Willemse Cycles, thats where my EVO addiction began. I love building bikes its a process of connecting yourself to your machine, under the watchful eye of Marnitz from CWC we began with the build.


The Cannondale Super Six EVO is an easy build in comparison with some of the other frames on the market, all the cables are external “As requested by some team mechanics for easy maintenance.” Theres two things too keep in mind with the EVO is the tire clearance on the rear I’m running a 23mm Conti GP4000 on a HED Jet wheel “WIDE” and a 25mm up front. Secondly is the BB we used adaptors to accommodate the Dura Ace 9000 Crankset.


First ride, I rode out of parking lot and straight away I felt theres minimal flex on this machine! Upfront the head tube and BB work together in keeping the power transfer on propelling you forward and not sapping away watts. The rear stays you will notice a lot of “shaping” in the Ballistec Carbon tubing, this acts as an damping system so as to keep the bike rigid but comfortable Cannondale call this Speed Save using flex as F1 cars do for improved handling without compromising power transfer. I’m currently riding a ALU seat post and the road vibration is not uncomfortable at all. Another aspect we can’t ignore are the pedals I’m using a pair of LOOK Keo Blades as used by the German national sprint team and those guys don’t cut corners! For more on these pedals


The Geometry, Using an aggressive position Ive taken out the spacers and slammed the stem, but there is an option for a more relaxed position if needs be its all rider dependant. The EVO and EVO Hi-Mod both share the same race geometry.


Racing with the EVO SUPERSIX, I’ve ridden Italian bikes  for the past 4 years and this machine is a lot more rider friendly and seems more stable in the peloton. I’ve raced a flat out in a hour criterium with it and sprinted to 6th spot. A 130km Road race with it attacked over the climb to stick a long 4 man break away for most of the race. Victory on this bike is close, “we just working on the engine.”


Conclusion, The Cannondale EVO SUPER SIX comes standard as a 105 bike with alloy parts, and for anybody wanting a TOUR DE FRANCE ride and geometry with a super price heres your bike.
I’ve spec’d my bike with Dura-Ace Mechanical and HED Jet 4 wheels and honestly can’t believe what an amazing ride its given so far. I really can’t fault it.
Bicycling magazine rated it their editors choice 2015
Bike Radar gave it 4,5/5 stars
Cannondale evo
so the proof is in the pudding.


Wheels: HED JET 4 Black with Conti GP4000 tyres 25c upfront and 23c at the rear.
Gruppo: Dura Ace. 53/39 blades and 172.5 crank
Pedals: Look Keo Blades
Saddle: Fabric Line

Total weight 6.95 kg


Big thank you to CWC and the Shops team with the amazing service and pricing on this bike, You won’t get Dura Ace parts cheaper any where else :-) CWCYCLES.CO.ZA

This review will be updated, I’m fitting a stage power meter and DEDA SuperZero Parts on to the rig when they arrive. I’m aiming on dropping 300 grams.

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