New to the top of the Cannondale road range is the all-carbon Super Six. From a distance this seems to have kept the same design as last year?s System Six, but there are several subtle differences.

The all-carbon frame, tapered headset and new ceramic bearing SI chainset all go towards making this one of the lightest production bikes currently available. Interestingly, production of this high-end frame has remained in Bedford, Pennsylvania, and has not moved to the Far East.

The bike certainly felt light and when riding this was most obviously felt on long climbs. Usually on a climb of several miles the gradual wearing down process would take its toll and I?d just be glad to have reached the top, but on the Super Six I felt appreciably less tired. On descents the bike was very stable and inspired confidence on even the wettest and snowiest roads that Italy in May can provide.

Cannondale, to its credit, hasn?t cut corners on components or finishing kit. The bike tested was equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, FSA bars and stem, Fizik saddle and Mavic Ksyrium ES wheels. Granted, using brand-name components won?t be cheap, but there isn?t one thing on the tested bike that I would want or need to change, unlike some other bikes at a similar price.

So Cannondale has come up with a definite improvement on the old System Six. In fact, it has created a bike that will be rather hard to beat in the competitive road bike market.

CANNONDALE SUPER SIX

Distributor Cannondale Europe

00 4161 487 9380

Price £4,099

Frame Cannondale Super Six

Fork Cannondale Super Six+

Size range 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 63cm

Colours Team Liquigas or Gloss Carbon

Chainset Cannondale SI Integrated with ceramic bottom bracket bearings

Deviations None

Headset Wheels Mavic Ksyrium ES

Gear ratios Shimano Dura-Ace

Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace

Tyres Vittoria

Bars FSA Carbon

Stem FSA

Saddle Fizik Arione carbon braided

OUR FIRST IMPRESSION 9/10