Quick Look: Riding Cannondale’s new 695-gram road frame, the SuperSix Evo

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published May. 5, 2011
  • Updated May. 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM EDT

The Liquigas team version of the Cannondale SuperSix Evo

TORINO, Italy (VN) — Cannondale’s whiz-kid bike designer Peter Denk has been at it again, this time focusing his attention on the new SuperSix Evo road bike.

“When Cannondale hired me, we said, ‘Let’s first make the best hardtail, then the best full suspension, and then the best road bike,’” said Denk. “I think we’ve done it.”

The SuperSix Evo frame is weighed by Germany’s renowned testing lab Zedler Fahrradtechnik at 695 grams. Zedler adjusts frame weights so apples are compared precisely with apples. For example, he (Dirk Zedler) adds 15 grams if a frame has no front-derailleur boss, since that’s the extra weight a band clamp would add. He adjusts for the added seatpost length required by a sloping-top-tube frame and subtracts a bit for an integrated headset. He also adjusts for variations in top tube and seat tube length, so that all frames are normalized to 57cm.

The SuperSix Evo is also very stiff, strong, and smooth and fast to ride (I just rode it Thursday). Check back later for why all of those things are true about it.

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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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