Close up: Daniele Ratto’s Cannondale Supersix EVO Hi-Mod Team (2014)


We’re going on with our close inspection of the bikes from the World Tour peloton, and take a look today at Cannondale’s Pro Cyling workhorse, the Supersix EVO Hi-Mod Team. While its rather classical lines are somewhat the exception these days, the road bike doesn’t lag behind in terms of performance, going head-to-head with any competitior of its level.


Daniele Ratto’s bikes sits quietly in its place and waits for the Roma Maxima race to begin, where some action is expected, hence the two water bottles and 55mm-profile Vision Metron 55 wheelset.


Looks can be deceiving, and even if the frame features slimmer tubes than the average used currently by the industry, it doesn’t lack key features of a modern top-tier road bicycle, like the oversized bottom bracket area, that aims for increased stiffness.


The same goes for the seat tube, which widens at the point where it meets the bottom bracket shell.


Note that the Cannondale Supersix EVO Hi-Mod Team keeps the tidy and simple appearance regardless of component or certain areas of the bike, and the rear brake cable routing confirms this guideline, providing not only discretion, but also enhanced protection against the elements.


Cannondale crafted the frame with huge attention, offering us a clear picture of what they understand through “quality”.


Specified with the SRAM Red 22 groupset, Cannondale Pro Cycling is one of the 3 World Tour teams sponsored by the American manufacturer. Therefore, the Supersix EVO Hi-Mod Team features a 2×11 drivetrain, but also increased comfort, thanks to the multifunctional Save micro-suspension. In the case of this bike, Save’s development is Speed, which implies not only more comfort, but also an aid in making it roll faster. Cannondale claims it allows reaching a light weight and a good torsional rigidity value, which in turn improve rolling speed, acceleration, and cornering without negatively affecting power transfer.


Speed Save technology imposed the types of fibers used for the fork, but also the offset dropouts that maintain the same wheelbase, while allowing the fork to sit at a more comfortable angle.


Another own addition of Cannondale’s is the SISL2 crankset, which tips the scale at a mere 483 grams. The powermeter puts on some extra grams, but even so, the Supersix falls way under the 6.8-kilogram limit imposed by the UCI. SRAM further contributes to the smooth functioning of its set by mounting the chain catcher that won’t let the chain slip any lower than the small chainring.