It looks as though Cannondale has an update on the way for its gravel/cyclocross machine, the SuperSix Evo. How do we know? Check out some FloBikes coverage from the past couple of cyclocross races and world cups.
You’ll notice that some of the Deschacht Hens Maes CX Team sports an excellent blue and yellow team frame, but the one-piece bar/stem has cable routing that goes nicely through the frame and fork. The team also covered the cable port in the fork. Deschacht Hens Maes rider Anton Ferdinande, shared photos, and you can clearly see the updates.
New Cannondale SuperSix Evo
Why? If you’ve followed the updates from most cyclocross and gravel bikes (like the Canyon Inflite), manufacturers are now looking to make the sleekest and cleanest-looking silhouette possible.
This means hiding the cables and adding as much integration as possible. The internal cable routing makes for easier shouldering, no brake hose fighting, and a slightly more aero machine overall.
What does this mean for the Cannondale SuperSix Evo SE?
Like many other US manufacturers (excluding Trek), Cannondale have combined their gravel and cyclocross offerings. The SuperSix Evo SE is the fast, lightweight gravel race bike in the Cannondale roster.
The geo is still great for cyclocross; the only real change from year to year has been the tire clearance and dropped seat stays. That said, Cannondale may be using this update as a time to refresh some pieces of the SuperSix Evo SE/CX frame that might be outstanding.
We loved the Cannondale SuperSix Evo CX we reviewed – check it out here.
What’s on our wish list for the new SuperSix Evo SE/CX?
First, I would love to see the SI-dished wheels disappear. This upgrade is problematic for a cyclocross athlete who doesn’t have a full truck of wheels at their disposal or a gravel racer looking for a wheel swap from neutral support after a flat.
A threaded BSA bottom bracket would be nice. The newest Cannondale Synapse came equipped with outstanding specs, and the BSA bottom bracket was one of them. The BSA bottom bracket style allows for easy component swaps and maintenance on the user end. Because gravel and cyclocross racers can roast a bottom bracket faster than you can say, “What pressure are you running?”
Easy to route/service internal cable routing. On the service side, internally routed cables can be a nightmare. Swapping out a headset can be a longer process than needed and could mean skipping service intervals for riders. Easy stem swaps and size adjustments can be just as painful. We hope the new SuperSix Evo SE/CX comes with thoughtful internal routing that won’t take a week at the shop for a 10mm stem swap.
For now, we must sit, wait and see what comes. If you’re an eagle eye with spec, watch the cyclocross races and the athletes’ Instagram profiles for a sneak peek of what might be coming.
What would you like to see in the new Cannondale Supersix Evo — Let us know in the comments!