Cannondale today revealed the latest version of the . SuperSix Evo, but rather than an overall restyling as many expected this year, it’s a limited edition lightweight frameset. Cannondale calls it the SuperSix Evo Leichtbau, which translates from German as “lightweight construction,” and Cannondale claims it is “the most accurate interpretation of the SuperSix Evo ever.”
According to the brand, the Leichtbau tire is 90 grams lighter than the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod, which cuts it down to 750 grams for the raw tire with the hardware. It’s unsure which size is involved with this, but since Cannondale usually quotes weights for 56cm tires, it’s safe to assume the same applies here. For comparison, upon launch, the 56cm Coated SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod was claimed to weigh 866 grams.
It will be available in just four sizes – 51, 54, 56 and 58cm – and with a total of only 200 tires available worldwide, each will be numbered accordingly. Unsurprisingly, access to such an exclusive club will come at a high price of £4,250.00 / $5,200.00 / €4,999.00, including frame, fork, headset, seatpost, saddle clip and hanger derailleur.
It’s been three years since Cannondale updated its all-around race bike, and SuperSix platform fans have been hoping Summer 2022 will provide an update. However, despite the lead up to this year Tour de France As a metaphor for opening the floodgates, releasing the accumulated pressure from delays caused by the pandemic and global supply chain issues, Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo was noticeably absent.
Admittedly, he’s not exactly long in age. The 30mm tire clearance, disc brakes, tubeless compatibility, aerodynamic considerations for frame tubes and integrated cockpit cables are all still very popular and part of the marketing claims for the bikes being launched today. Cannondale has been an early adopter of all of these technologies and many brands have spent the past three years playing catch-up. In an effort to prove to the rest of the industry that it’s still going forward, Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo Leichtbau looks like a reversal of “look what we can do”, as opposed to the recently launched BMC masterpiece collection.
However, while the availability of bikes is seemingly non-existent, waiting lists for new bikes take months (sometimes years), and the cost of living is inflating faster than tubeless tires with a flash charger, we can’t help but wonder if the pros Proving one’s technological prowess and slapping an exorbitant price tag that simply isn’t surpassed at alienating customers who just want to buy a bike.
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