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