The Cycling Weekly Women’s Bike of the Year is the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Shimano Ultegra
We’ve always rated the Cannondale SuperSix Evo, and its latest makeover has made us fall in love with it all over again, naming it our Women’s Bike of the Year for 2017.
The frameset’s weight remains the same as in previous years, but a new carbon lay-up makes the forks heavier and stiffer while lightening the frame.
The bottom bracket area has been totally reworked and now runs a BB30a, an asymmetrical layout that adds 5mm to the non-drive side.
Cannondale believes this should offer even more resistance to axle twist while freeing up enough space to run up to 28cc tyres.
The other update is in the slimlining of the seat tubes, and therefore seatpin, making it a more compliant 25.4mm over the previous 27.2mm.
The drivetrain is Shimano Ultegra 6800, bar the Cannondale Si cranks and FSA chainrings, all of which performs exceptionally well.
Also, the Mavic Aksium WTS wheelset is surprising to see on a bike at this price point. There will probably come a time when you’ll want to upgrade, but it’s an area where the budget normally runs out for most manufacturers, so delivering a bike with reliable, bombproof and lightish wheels gets a round of applause in my book.
A women’s-specific saddle and narrower ergonomic bars mean that it’s ready to ride straight out of the box.
From the outset, the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Shimano Ultegra had me grinning from ear to ear. It’s so responsive you just can’t help but want to rag it everywhere.
The women’s-specific compact bars allow for optimal reach, which adds to the bike’s incredibly agility. It’s surefooted enough to allow you to brake late, easy to manoeuvre in and out of corners, and outstanding on the climbs.
The SuperSix Evo provides out-and-out raw fun. It has a blend of speed, stiffness and weight that inspires confidence, thanks to its great geometry and componentry. At the same time, it is spirited enough to enable you to tear up the hills, or give it full gas in a sprint — and all for under two grand