With the Tour de France per week away, I rode the brand new Cannondale SuperSix EVO, billed because the 'quickest light-weight street bike,' to see what it was all about. Here is the decision.
Similar to that it is Tour time, and, as with each Tour de France, new bikes are rolling out within the buildup to the Grand Départ.
That features the Connecticut-based Cannondale, which on Friday unveiled the brand new SuperSix EVO, billed because the world’s “quickest light-weight street bike.” The riders on the US-registered EF Training First staff are anticipated to race recent EVOs on the Tour, which begins July 6 in Brussels. (They’ve really been using them in stealth mode for a while, in professional biking’s open tech secret.)
Cannondale says the brand new bike is considerably quicker and extra comfy than the earlier iteration, which Enterprise Insider reviewed in 2017. An all-rounder, the EVO slots in between Cannondale’s two different race bikes: the hyper-aero SystemSix, which debuted final summer time and is the corporate’s quickest bike, utilized in flatter street races, and the compliant Synapse, its most forgiving journey, most well-liked in punishing occasions just like the cobbled Paris-Roubaix.
“We have hit a weight that is the identical or lighter than the earlier bike, however we have added so many options,” Nathan Barry, a Cannondale design engineer, instructed Enterprise Insider. “The drag at 30-mph race pace is 30 watts much less drag than the outdated bike. It is the identical stiffness numbers and dealing with, however there’s larger tire clearance, extra integration, through axles entrance and rear, inside cable routing, and extra. It is a completely rounded race bike.”
Along with the more-aero tubes, the standout design function with this EVO is the rear triangle and its dropped seat stays, which, in keeping with the corporate, make for higher aerodynamics — “as a result of there’s simply much less stuff in the way in which of the wind” — and a extra comfy journey. It follows quite a few manufacturers which have included dropped stays into their body designs, notably Specialised with the Tarmac and BMC with the Teammachine.
“By having the seat stays into the seat tube, under the highest tube, in the event you develop your layup accurately, it could actually permit the seat tube to flex, and that offers you some consolation within the saddle, which is restricted when you’ve got the seat stays forming an ideal truss with the entrance triangle,” Barry mentioned.
“The explanation we’re seeing dropped rear stays throughout a number of manufacturers is that it is an engineering resolution to an issue that a number of persons are attempting to unravel. In case your purpose is extra consolation and to cut back drag, that could be a good approach to additional that to the again half of the bike.”
One other distinction is the broader tire clearance. With the earlier body set, the EVO may run tires as much as 28 mm large, which was already beneficiant, however the brand new bike can settle for tires as large as 30 mm and nonetheless have 6 mm of clearance across the tire, in keeping with Cannondale. That is welcome information, as a result of usually a wider tire shouldn’t be solely extra comfy but in addition quicker, as we realized finally yr’s Tour.
In contrast to with the disc-only SystemSix, riders within the new EVO can go for discs or rim brakes. Cannondale says there is no distinction in stiffness or geometry between the 2 variations.
Additionally completely different from the older bike is that the brand new EVO is built-in, à la the SystemSix. Mixed, the aero body tubes, fork, wheels, seat submit, handlebar, and stem make up Cannondale’s system-integrated design, which, the corporate says, saves a rider these 30 watts at 30 mph (48 km/h). Additionally spectacular, the corporate says the brand new bike will increase compliance by as much as 18%.
Cannondale has additionally launched a cell app that pairs with an built-in wheel sensor to ship pace, route, and distance, in addition to different details about your bike, together with the serial quantity and repair reminders.
The brand new line begins with the SuperSix EVO Carbon 105, at $2,200, and runs all the way in which as much as the SuperSix Hello-Mod Disc Dura-Ace Di2, at $11,500. You may get a built-in energy meter within the crankset as properly, for an extra cost. Cannondale mentioned the brand new EVOs would begin delivery instantly.
Final week, Cannondale despatched Enterprise Insider a SuperSix EVO Hello-Mod Disc Ultegra Di2, a $7,750 bike (it has the identical carbon body set the professionals are anticipated to race on the Tour). And whereas we had sufficient time for only a few rides, listed here are some preliminary impressions of probably the most talked-about new bike heading into the Tour.
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It is a great-looking bike that handles superbly and feels impossibly on the street. Whereas the earlier EVO we examined, in dimension 58 cm, weighed 18 kilos even, with out pedals, our new EVO tipped the scales at simply over 17.2, in 58 cm.
It is a clear departure from earlier EVOs: That is extra of an aero bike now, not that basic EVO you used to know. That is good in the event you’re into the slippery aesthetic, however followers of the older look might not dig the wind-tunnel vibes, at the very least at first.
As an example, this was the latest EVO, earlier than the launch of the brand new bike. It has a basic look in contrast with that of the brand new bike, which now seems to be much more just like the SystemSix.
Whereas the brand new EVO is not a real aero bike, just like the SystemSix (under), it now has extra in widespread looks-wise with the SystemSix than it does with the earlier EVOs.
Here is Tejay van Garderen racing on the brand new EVO in stealth mode this spring. Be aware that together with his setup the EVO has a barely extra basic look. So you might configure the brand new EVO otherwise, relying on whether or not you need extra of a speedster or a basic street bike.
As such, the brand new cockpit is pretty properly built-in via bar and stem and comes with a pleasant out-of-the-way mount for our go-to Garmin pc.
We like a clear bar, so we have been pleased with this setup.
Irrespective of which approach you take a look at it, the brand new EVO oozes wind-cheating intention.
There is a stack of plastic spacers below the stem that take away simply. (Have been this our bike for retains, we would pull one other two spacers out and reduce off the additional steerer tube for an excellent cleaner look.)
There’s much more clearance for larger tires now. You may run as much as 30 mm-wide rubber and nonetheless have 6 mm of house across the tires, in keeping with Cannondale. (Pictured are 25 mm Vittorias.)
That is lots of room for wider tires in again too, ought to the will hit you.
For the data-savvy, for an additional $500 you may get a built-in energy meter within the crankset.
With the rollout of the brand new EVO, Cannondale introduced new wheels too, the HollowGram 45 mm-deep KNØTs.
Along with the highly effective discs, our bike got here with a wheel sensor that works with the Cannondale cell app, which information your journey information in a single place.
A pattern screenshot from the brand new Cannondale cell app exhibits our newly registered take a look at bike.
Backside line: It is a crazy-good street bike that even probably the most finicky roadies would like to have of their quiver.
Whereas our time with the brand new EVO earlier than launch was very restricted, we did get in just a few rides, however we have been left wanting extra — a very good signal. The bike does every little thing exceedingly properly, past expectation even. Essentially the most notable strengths are, no shock, excellent dealing with and a velvety-smooth street really feel. It is probably the most comfy efficiency street bike we have ridden. With the recent six-point integration and aero design, the bike feels quicker at pace, noticeably extra so than the EVO we rode in 2017.
Downsides? There actually is not one we may spot off the bat. Maybe in a motorcycle that prices over seven grand we would like a 58 cm EVO that weighs lower than 17 kilos, however with discs and an even bigger body that’s more than likely unrealistic at this stage. And a few would possibly at first lament the lack of the basic EVO look, however others will certainly embrace the design innovation and the efficiency advantages it yields. As for us, we’ll hold pedaling. Test again for a long-term overview.
Head to Cannondale.com for extra details about the brand new EVO.