Cannondale SuperX 105 review

Cannondale has totally redesigned its SuperX carbon cyclocross bike for 2017 with new geometry and improved clearance. We've put the 105 variant to the test.

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A great handling cyclocross bike with really good handling and innovative design, but the SuperX would benefit from a cheaper SRAM 1 option and needs a symmetrically dished rear wheel

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent clearance

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    Stable handling off road

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    Tubeless ready

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    Compliance features built into frame

Reasons to avoid
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    Front mech cable routing will attract muck

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    Needs symmetrically dished rear wheel - not all aftermarket options are compatible

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    Low component spec for the price

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Cannondale has totally redesigned the SuperX for 2017, with the new frame incorporating technology from its road and mountain bikes. So there’s a slack head tube designed to be more stable off road. The bottom bracket is shifted 6mm to the right, mimicking Cannondale’s mountain bikes in a system which Cannondale calls Asymetric Integration or Ai. This allows the chainstays to be symmetrical and gives very large clearance around the rear wheel. It also means that the rear wheel is dished symmetrically, so evening out spoke tension.

Buy now: Cannondale SuperX Carbon 105 2017 Cyclocross Bike at Evans Cycles for £2,599.99

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.