Off-road riding is exploding in popularity. Now Cannondale aims to meet the needs of those who want to race or simply ride as fast as possible over gravel roads and ‘cross courses alike. The brand’s latest two bikes, a ‘cross bike called the SuperSix EVO CX and a gravel bike called the EVO SE, take more than a little inspiration from the aero, all-around SuperSix EVO road race platform to deliver more performance to these disciplines.
SuperSix EVO CX
The SuperSix EVO CX is the next evolution of the SuperX cyclocross bike. The SuperX has been by all accounts a popular model, but Cannondale, always looking for an advantage, wanted to make it faster and lighter. The brand didn’t have to look too far for a proven platform that can deliver those qualities. It turned to the SuperSix EVO, one of the lightest aero road race bikes available, while also drawing on elements of the SuperX.
By utilizing the same rounded, truncated airfoil tube shapes as the SuperSix EVO, the SuperSix EVO CX delivers nearly the same level of speed, says Cannondale. The CX model has also adopted a race-oriented geometry with shorter chainstays and a front end designed to balance agility and maneuverability with control on descents.
As a CX bike, the SuperSix EVO CX ships with 700x33c tires, the largest allowed by the UCI for races. However, that leaves a very generous 13mm per side of clearance for greater mud-clearing ability—and the versatility to run up to 45mm tires to double up as a gravel bike.
The bike is being offered in one build and color at launch: SRAM Force 1×11 in a “Purple Haze” colorway. It costs $4,000 and is available in sizes 46, 51, 54, 56 and 58.
The second new off-road frame from Cannondale focuses on the needs of gravel racers who prioritize speed. It serves as a counter to the Topstone gravel bike, which prioritizes adventure riding and less so absolute speed. Like the new SuperSix EVO CX, the EVO SE also draws on design elements of the SuperX and SuperSix EVO platforms.
Like the SuperSix EVO CX, the EVO SE draws on the same aero tube profiles as the SuperSix EVO road bike, making for a bike that is nearly as fast. And like the EVO SE, it can also run up to 700x45mm tires, though it comes standard with 700x40mm.
The EVO SE is available in a “Cool Mint” colorway with a 2x SRAM Rival AXS 12-speed group. It costs $5,000 and comes in sizes 46, 51, 54, 56 and 58.
More info: cannondale.com