Can­non­dale Su­perSix EVO


Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Ben An­drew

The Su­perSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc marks Can­non­dale’s first foray into pro­duc­ing a disc-equipped top-tier rac­ing bike, and with this ride, it has de­liv­ered in spades. The com­pany’s alu­minum CAAD series has fea­tured disc brakes for more than a year, and now Can­non­dale has tar­geted the high-end mar­ket, of­fer­ing disc mod­els on both the EVO Hi-MOD and EVO car­bon frames. Pedal mag­a­zine tested out an Ul­te­gra-6800me­chan­i­cal-equipped Su­perSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc, which is the same plat­form that the WorldTour team Can­non­dale-Dra­pac has been train­ing on this sea­son.

Con­struc­tion with high-mod­u­lus car­bon fibre re­sults in a very light, stiff frame­set, and Can­non­dale sug­gests that the ad­di­tion of flat-mount brakes adds less than 150g, pro­vid­ing en­hanced brak­ing at a min­i­mal weight penalty.

Un­like other ma­jor play­ers, Can­non­dale does not pro­duce spe­cific aero and non-aero road lines. In­stead, the Su­perSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc takes on the roll of an all-around road-rac­ing bike. The ad­di­tion of disc brakes fur­ther in­creases the new line’s ver­sa­til­ity, al­low­ing for bet­ter brak­ing and larger tire clear­ance. Can­non­dale has op­ti­mized the Su­perSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc in the wind tun­nel, us­ing what it calls TAP (Trun­cated Aero Pro­file) tube shapes in the down­tube, seat-tube, seat­stays and fork to re­duce drag, but with­out com­pro­mis­ing weight, stiff­ness and com­pli­ance often associated with aero-pro­file tubes.

The ride looks sleek, and rolls and ac­cel­er­ates quickly when you push on the ped­als. The stock Mavic Ak­sium Disc wheelset would be my first up­grade as it will add some rolling weight to this oth­er­wise very light bike. The wheels con­nect to the frame and fork us­ing a 100x12mm thru-axle up front and a 135x9mm QR in the back. The added stiff­ness of the thru-axle in the front re­duces ro­tor rub and brake pull when brak­ing hard at speed.

Our test bike was out­fit­ted with Shi­mano 11-speed me­chan­i­cal Ul­te­gra 6800 de­railleurs, chain and cas­sette, Shi­mano RS685 hy­draulic shifters and Shi­mano BR806 hy­draulic flat-mount brakes. The RS685 shifters seem a bit bulky, but the hy­draulic brak­ing pro­vides great mod­u­la­tion and con­fi­dence. Can­non­dale has paired the Shi­mano driv­e­train with its own Hol­lowGram Si BB30a crankset, which uses a one-piece Spi­deRing. The 52/36T ring combo is ma­chined out of a sin­gle piece of ma­te­rial, in­creas­ing stiff­ness. Shift­ing is in­cred­i­bly smooth and pre­cise be­tween the big and lit­tle ring, even un­der power, and the in­te­gra­tion be­tween crankset and the Su­perSix BB30a frame re­sults in a ride that feels like it is surging for­ward with each pedal stroke.

Other com­po­nents on the bike in­clude Can­non­dale’s C1 Ul­tra­light Al­loy han­dle­bar and stem, the lat­ter be­ing com­pat­i­ble with the brand’s own in­te­grated out­front Garmin mount, fur­ther demon­strat­ing Can­non­dale’s com­mit­ment to creating an in­te­grated plat­form. The 25.4mm Can­non­dale SAVE car­bon seat­post keeps things light and pro­vides some added com­fort.

The Su­perSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ul­te­gra is a race bike through and through.

It is nim­ble and flies across the tar­mac with ease. The aero pro­fil­ing of the tub­ing makes for a fast ride, but the bike still han­dles great in cross­winds, and the ride qual­ity in­spires con­fi­dence when div­ing into bends. The use of disc brakes aids in this, and while it is ques­tion­able as to whether top-flight bi­cy­cles re­ally need them, in this case, they com­ple­ment an al­ready high-per­for­mance ma­chine.

While the bike is cer­tainly de­signed for road rid­ing, the disc brakes and am­ple tire clear­ance mean that the Su­perSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc can keep up when the road turns to gravel. While the han­dling is a lit­tle sharp for ex­ten­sive gravel grind­ing, the main take­away from this bike is its race-savvy pedi­gree and fan­tas­tic ver­sa­til­ity on a wide ar­ray of ter­rain.

Can­non­dale has tar­geted the high-end mar­ket, of­fer­ing disc mod­els on both the EVO Hi-MOD and EVO car­bon frames.

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