A WorldTour bike without the price-tag? Can this Shimano 105-equipped Cannondale SuperSix meet the high expectations set by its big brothers?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Carbon 105 5

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Pros:

  • Sharp handling and cornering
  • Smooth over rough surfaces
  • Great choice of finishing kit
  • Good looks
  • WorldTour heritage

Cons:

  • Heavy wheels mean sluggish acceleration
  • External cable routing prevents upgrading to electronic shifting

Product:

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Carbon 105 5

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1,500.00

Frame

This version of the Cannondale SuperSix Evo shares the same geometry as those ridden by Cannondale-Garmin, though it’s not overly racy, with the frame providing a comfortable position for long days in the saddle. The difference to the SuperSix Evo HiMod team bikes is a lower grade of carbon-fibre to hit the more affordable price point. This means the frame is slightly heavier, but still under a kilogram.

We were impressed with the the Cannondale’s appearance. The cylindrical tubes and dead-straight top tube look classic, although the lack of internal cable routing spoils things a little, and means you won’t be able to upgrade to electronic shifting.

Schwalbe tyres offered good grip

Schwalbe tyres offered good grip

Specification

The BB30 bottom bracket means that the Cannondale comes equipped with an FSA Gossamer Pro chainset with semi-compact 52-36t rings, which works well with the Shimano 105 groupset throughout the rest of the bike. Most of the alumimium finishing kit is Cannondale’s own. It is well finished, especially the  slender handlebars, with the Prologo saddle a comfortable perch for long rides.

The only disappointment was the sturdy but sluggish Shimano RS11 wheelset.

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Ride

Acceleration may be on the slow side due to the heavy wheels, but this and the lack of internal cabling are the only things we can say against the Cannondale; its WorldTour heritage is clear. Cornering is sharp and precise, with the Schwalbe Lugano tyres providing impressive grip. This is aided by the Speed Save micro suspension built into the frame, meaning the bike stays glued to the road instead of skipping over rough surfaces, particularly through corners.

The SuperSix is also at home in the hills with performance closely matching that of the similarly priced B’Twin Ultra 900 on longer climbs with a steady effort. It’s only on short, punchy climbs, or when changing pace on steadier gradients that the Shimano wheelset holds you back.

Value

With WorldTour heritage coming out of its ears, the SuperSix Evo certainly seems like a good deal for £1,500, especially given the superb ride and excellent finishing kit. However with external cabling preventing a future upgrade to electronic shifting, the deal may not be quite as sweet in the long-term.

Verdict

The Cannondale SuperSix Evo Carbon 105 5 brings all its World Tour to the table with great performance from a classic looking frame. Heavy wheels slow acceleration, but these can be easily replaced. However the same cannot be said of the groupset thanks to external cable routing.

Details

Miles ridden:202
Frame:Cannondale SuperSix Evo
Fork:Cannondale SuperSix Evo
Size range:48-63cm
Size tested:56cm
Weight:7.95kg/17.53lb
Groupset:Shimano 105/FSA Gossamer Pro
Alterations:Shimano RS11
Gear ratios:11-28t cassette, 52/36t chainset
Wheels:Shimano RS11
Tyres:Schwalbe Lugano 25mm
Bar:Cannondale C3 Alloy
Stem:Cannondale C3 Alloy
Seatpost:Cannondale C3 Alloy
Saddle:Prologo Scratch Pro T2.0
Distributor:www.cyclingsportsgroup.co.uk