At first glance, the newest Cannondale road bike looks just like that – a road bike. But look closer, and you may start to notice the details of a bike that is hiding a little extra boost beneath its carbon fiber skin. Starting with the new SuperSix EVO road bike platform, Cannondale has given it the Neo upgrade turning it into a fast and sleek e-road bike along the way.

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Neo is a 25lb road e-bike w/ stealthy Mahle X35 electric assist

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Neo is a 25lb road e-bike w/ stealthy Mahle X35 electric assist

Opting to use the Mahle ebikemotion X35 250w system, the EVO Neo adds just 7.7lbs (3.5kg) with the addition of the electronic assist. That includes a 250Wh battery that’s tucked into the downtube and a rear hub drive motor that claims to be low drag.

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Neo is a 25lb road e-bike w/ stealthy Mahle X35 electric assist

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Neo is a 25lb road e-bike w/ stealthy Mahle X35 electric assist

That internal battery should be good for around 75km of range, but if you need more there is an external Range Extender available as well. This ‘water bottle battery’ mounts in the rear cage, and plugs into the charging port below. Technically, the Range Extender charges the internal battery as you ride, giving you an additional 208Wh of battery power. This almost doubles the range but does add an additional 3.6lbs (1.64kg) to the bike.

Cannondale has a done a great job of keeping the design of the bike extremely streamlined with hardly any exposed cables and a simple iWoc top tube controller to manage the levels of assist and system controls. Additional control is provided through the ebikemotion app. In North America, the system will provide assisted riding up to 20mph.

Theoretically, it seems that since the motor is located in the rear hub, you could swap out the rear wheel for a standard rear wheel and drop a good bit of weight while turning your e-bike into a standard pedal bike. You’d still have the additional weight of the downtube battery, but it seems like you’d end up with a respectably light human powered bike that could also be an e-bike if desired.

However, the rear spacing of the frame is listed as 135mm, meaning you’d need a 135 QR hub 12mm rear hub which might be tough to find.

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Neo is a 25lb road e-bike w/ stealthy Mahle X35 electric assist

That leaves the frame clean of any additional wires and allows the truncated airfoil shapes to keep things aerodynamically efficient. Just like on the SuperSix Evo, a HollowGram SAVE System Bar combines an aerodynamic integrated design with integrated spacers and a bar top that can be rotated up to 8° in pitch. This is found on the EVO Neo 1 and 2 models only.

You’ll also find details like Speed Release axles, the 27 KNØT seatpost, flat mount brakes, and the Cannondale Integrated wheel sensor. The frame and fork are designed around 700c x 28mm tires with 6mm of clearance for sure footed traction on the road and a comfortable ride.

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Neo is a 25lb road e-bike w/ stealthy Mahle X35 electric assist

Offered in three models, prices start at $4,500 for the Neo 3. The SuperSix EVO Neo 2 jumps to $6,500, and the SuperSix EVO Neo 1 tops out at $10,000 which also breaks the 25lb barrier at 24.9lbs (11.3kg).

cannondale.com

26 COMMENTS

  1. Hmm, this is basically the same as the Orbea Gain is it not? I like the eBike Motion hubs but my only gripe is that they don’t offer an XDr driver for those of us who run eTap AXS components. I’ve converted two Gains to 11-speed eTap but it’s becoming less and less available these days.

  2. I don’t understand the cutoff at 20 mph. So any effort over that, which any rider buying this type of bike will do is then carrying an additional 8 to 12 lbs if you have the extended battery.

      • Indeed ! But that’s a problem. If you usually ride on rather flat roads, that eBike will no more allow you to keep up with your younger and fitter budies …

      • In the USA, by law e-bikes can assist up to 28 mph or 45 kph. Again, my point is, most bike riders at this level even in group rides are spending most of their riding time over 20 mph.

        • I would venture to bet not many of the riders who are going to buy bikes like this aren’t doing 20mph+ in group rides on regular bikes.

          I thought the same thing as these lightweight e-road bikes started to emerge but to the buying customer (I am told), the emphasis is on climbing assist. I didn’t think there would be a market for something like this, but every month something new comes out. We should be glad more people are riding.

          • I use my orbea gain m20 when riding with very fit, younger riders. I can keep up with them on the flats as long as I have some assistance (and so get less winded) on the hills. And downhill the weight seems to be an advantage, as are the disc brakes And 32 tubeless conti gp5000’s allowing me to brake later in corners..

  3. BR: “However, the rear spacing of the frame is listed as 135mm, meaning you’d need a 135 x 12mm rear hub which might be tough to find.”

    Hope Tech: “Hold my beer”

  4. PSA: The Range Extender, unlike every (deleted) X35-based ebike launch would have you believe, is NOT available.

    https://www.ebikemotion.com/web/x35-range-extender/

    “Coming soon”

    And no, I’m not a representative of the competition but actually an otherwise-quite-happy Orbea Gain customer who would like to BUY one. It’s just that it’s been coming soon for what, 2-3 years now and it’s available exactly nowhere.

  5. Being 25 lbs, it would be easier to lift it onto the roof rack compared to my 48lb Giant. Lol and my Giant assists me up to 28mph.

  6. I like how clean this bike is and the Ribble SLe is near if not almost as good as this minus the price tag? What am I paying for with this that’s tangible?

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