2016 Cannondale SuperSix Evo
The All New, Completely Redesigned Cannondale SuperSix Evo
Last week, Cannondale unveiled their all new, completely redesigned SuperSix Evo. How do you go about redesigning a bike that was described as the best bike in the world? Well, according to Cannondale, you make it better in every way. The 2016 Cannondale SuperSix Evo is reportedly lighter, stiffer, smoother, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor.
For 2016, Cannondale continues to buck the trend of bike specification by sticking to their guns with the SuperSix Evo. While other companies are making specific aero, climbing, and endurance bikes, Cannondale wanted to create the best bike in the world, which, by their definition, required creating a balance between comfort, lightweight, and aerodynamics.
“True performance lies in the balance”
Cannondale increased the SuperSix Evo’s stiffness by using BallisTec Carbon Construction, a process that uses similar materials to ballistic armouring. High and ultra high modulus fibers were added in strategically to tune stiffness and ride feel.
The 2016 SuperSix Evo’s bottom bracket is 11% stiffer than its predecessor through the use of a 73mm BB30A bottom bracket shell, which is wider on the non-drive side. Cannondale increased the stiffness of the bottom bracket just enough for it fall into a sweet spot which optimizes the benefits for power and acceleration without the negatives of a overly harsh ride.
Head tube stiffness on the 2016 Cannondale SuperSix Evo has been increased by 12% and features tuned handling and an all new hourglass shape.
The SuperSix Evo also features Cannondale’s Delta seat tube which flares out to match the bottom bracket width, increasing lateral stiffness and improving compliance thanks to a thinner cross-section. The all new SuperSix Evo also features beefy asymmetric oversized chainstays to aid power transfer.
While increasing the stiffness of the new SuperSix Evo, Cannondale did not forget about comfort and the importance of a smooth ride for performance. The rear triangle is reportedly 15% more compliant than the previous version thanks to flattened chainstays. The fork sees an increase of 21% in deflection for better cornering, comfort and balance with the rear triangle. And Cannondale claims an increase of 36% seated comfort thanks to a narrow 25.4 seat post which offers more deflection than the 27.2mm seat post used on the previous SuperSix Evo.
The 2016 SuperSix Evo has also been designed to accommodate tires up to 28c and comes specc’d with 25c tires.
Tube shaping has been redesigned on the 2016 Cannondale SuperSix Evo to optimize aerodynamics. TAP (Truncated Aero Profile) tube shapes have been used through out the frame in order to balance aerodynamics with weight and stiffness. TAP tube shaping is very similar to the aerodynamic tube shapes used by other companies and complies with the UCI’s 3:1 rule.
On average, Cannondale claims that the 2016 SuperSix Evo saves 6 watts over the previous version.
According to Cannondale, the all new SuperSix Evo is 67 grams lighter than its predecessor. They achieved this weight reduction through system integration which included designing new components to compliment the frame including their new Hollowgram cranks, the SiSL2, and SAVE seat post. The frame weighs a claimed 777 grams making it 9 grams lighter than the Trek Emonda SLR. While the new SuperSix Evo’s frame is heavier than its predecessor, 67 grams has been shaved off the system weight (frame, fork, headset, and seat post) dropping it to 1303 grams.
Cannondale have stuck to their guns with the all new SuperSix Evo. Rather than following their competitors and creating a bike for each specific task, Cannondale wanted to create a total race machine. The 2016 Cannondale SuperSix Evo is at home in the mountains, on the cobbles, in the break and sprinting for the line. Lighter, stiffer, smoother, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, can the all new SuperSix Evo maintain its crown as the best bike in the world?