2012 Cannondale EVO
Cannondale's continuing the "good fight" (whatever that means) with the incredible new SuperSix EVO. A lot of people have been asking us in the store and via email about how this completely new design compares to the current SuperSix Hi-Mod? Well for starters we know there are a few things that can't be improved or perhaps shouldn't be improved, first and FOREMOST that dam beefy headtube, 1-1/2 inch lower bearing! Don't get me wrong I love the confidence inspiring descents and stiffness in the sprint, but I sometimes feel a little beat at the end of a long ride. I've tried 25c tires, lower tire pressure, different bar tape, but this thing is simply stiff (or maybe I just need to toughen up). This is definitely a race bike, I could go on with my observations, but Maury Washburn, the Product Marketing Manager at Cannondale, sums up the new frame nicely:
Short answer – The SuperSix Hi-MOD and EVO have identical BB stiffness and the EVO has roughly 14% better Head Tube stiffness, 23% better vertical compliance on the frame, 28% better vertical compliance on the fork.
Long answer – We spent a lot of time dialing in the stiffness on the SuperSix Hi-MOD to what we feel is the ideal blend of pedaling efficiency and lateral compliance and we purposely carried that ideal blend over to EVO. Just like they learned with high performance motorcycles years ago, there really can be such a thing as too much frame stiffness. You need to engineer in different levels of stiffness in different parts of the frame to allow it to respond to loads differently. When you begin to go beyond the ideal window of stiffness at the BB, the bike loses its ability to deflect slightly and absorb imperfections in the road when leaned over. It also can cause the rear wheel to skip under power.
The head tube stiffness was increased to provide an solid base for the new SPEED SAVE fork. We wanted to keep the rock-solid feel of the SuperSix Hi-MOD’s front end, while increasing the vertical compliance. If we had left the head tube stiffness the same and added the more compliant fork, the ride-feel would have lost some of the razor-sharp, precise handling we all love.
The stiffness of the entire chassis of the EVO has really been fine-tuned to provide an incredible blend of snappy acceleration, ultra composed and solid handling, and vertical compliance. I can’t wait for you guys to get a chance to ride it. It's GOOOOD.
We should have the SuperSix EVO Dura-Ace and SuperSix Red in the store in July. SystemSix loyalist come in and give it a try :)
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