By Paul Norman
When we reviewed the Cannondale SuperX 105 cyclocross bike last year, we praised its geometry, which leads to stable handling in tricky conditions. We also liked its very wide tyre clearance, thanks to its Ai design, which shifts the bottom bracket 6mm to the left.
Well, now Cannondale has taken advantage of these characteristics with the release of an SE version of the bike. It’s essentially the same SuperX carbon frame and geometry, but kitted out for off-road expeditions rather than racing. It says that the new build makes use of the bike’s “confident handling, light weight and stiffness to turn it into the ideal rig for gravel, dirt roads and on/off-road adventuring”.
At the moment, the SuperX SE is shown on the US Cannondale website only, with a retail price of a cent under $4000.
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The spec for the SuperX SE includes 21mm internal width 700c WTB KOM i23 TCS rims on Formula hubs, while the tyres are broadened to 37mm wide WTB Riddler tubeless ready.
There’s a single ring groupset, using Cannondale’s own HollowGram 40 tooth chainset with a SRAM 11-42 cassette, giving a less than 1:1 lowest gear, but a reasonable amount of top end leverage. Shifting and braking are taken care of by SRAM Force 1 with SRAM Force Hydro disc brakes.
As you’d expect, you get thru-axles front and rear and Cannondale supplies tubeless valves so you can convert to run tubeless. Finishing kit comes from Cannondale and there’s a Fabric Scoop Shallow saddle.
It looks like a good way to add flexibility to the SuperX, broadening its appeal to those who want to ride mixed terrain, but aren’t planning to use it in cyclocross races.
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