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Cannondale launches SuperSix EVO gravel and cyclocross racing bikes

24 Aug 2021
Verdict:

Road racer range extended off-road with SuperSix EVO SE and CX bikes for gravel and cyclocross racing

Price: 
CX: £3,800; SE: £4,600

Cannondale's off-road range has just got a major injection of speed with the release of new gravel and cyclocross racing bikes in the mould of its SuperSix EVO road range.

The launch of the SuperSix EVO SE and SuperSix EVO CX bikes sees the American manufacturer attempt to take to the forefront of all drop bar racing as it brings the aggressive geometry, aerodynamics and flat-out speed of the road to the tracks and trails.

Expect it to align with EF Education-Nippo's pursuit of gobbling up more than just Grand Tour wins through things like Lachlan Morton's do-whatever-you-like contract and Alex Howes's recent SBT GRVL victory.

 

Cross paths

As the profile, and surrounding debate, of gravel racing continues to rise, Cannondale has added the race-ready, thrill-seeking SuperSix EVO SE to its range to give riders something beyond the more relaxed, adventure-focussed Topstone.

Cannondale says the SE is based on the SuperSix EVO Carbon road frame with aero tube profiles and internal cable routing. While adjusted from the road-going SuperSix, the SE sports a similarly racy geometry – it has short chainstays for extra punch under acceleration and OutFront Steering Geometry for enhanced control and agility on technical descents, depsite having clearance for tyres up to 45mm.

 

It comes equipped with the wireless Sram Rival Etap AXS groupset and hydraulic disc brakes as well as a HollowGram 27 SL KNØT carbon seatpost, DT Swiss CR1600 Spline wheels and Vittoria Terreno Dry TNT tyres.

The SuperSix EVO CX – seen on course recently in a secretive blacked-out design – shares many of the same qualities as the SE. It's built around the same frame so also has aero tubes, hidden cables and aggressive geometry.

 

Cannondale says that with the CX it wanted to 'push the boundaries of performance further' from its previous SuperX cross bike and by bringing the EVO design off-road the brand says it was able to save weight and watts.

While clearance is the same as the SE, being a cyclocross bike the CX is limited to 33mm tyres as per UCI rules, but Cannondale points out that means the frame creates a 13mm gap on each side. That should prevent mud, grass and the rest getting stuck in the system. 

 

The CX comes with a 1x Sram Force 1 groupset and that same HollowGram seatpost, though the cheaper DT Swiss R470 rims have use Formula CL-712 hubs and come with Vittoria's Terreno Mix TNT tyres.

One step forward, setting you back

It's not a surprise to anyone that there's a large pricetag on both bikes, given the territory. 

The gravel SE will cost you a cool £4,600 while for the CX you'll have to cough up £3,800. Both bikes are available now.

For more information and to bag yourself a big, visit cannondale.com