The Cannondale SuperSix EVO is one of the best all-around road bikes we’ve ridden


EVO Disc rear view right

The Cannondale SuperSix EVO has earned a reputation as one of the best engineered and balanced race bikes on the market. It is has been praised for its ability to fly up hills, rail descents, and dragrace to the line — and do it all beautifully.

Now it comes with hydraulic disc brakes, so it stops better and is even more versatile, opening up the option to run much wider tires for greater comfort and even have a go off-road adventuring.

Through its iterations, Cannondale’s flagship road racer has kept its classic good looks with its mainstay design feature, its horizontal top tube. The EVO has been ridden in the Tour de France by top cyclists, including Peter Sagan and Pierre Rolland, and the carbon-fiber Hi-Mod Disc version is raced by the Cannondale-Drapac team when it opts for disc brakes.

Our test bike proved itself worthy of its $4,200 price tag, given its pedigree and performance characteristics. And while no bike is perfect, the EVO remains one of the best all-around performance road bikes.

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Background: Cannondale is based in Wilton, Connecticut, and is owned by Dorel Industries, the Canadian conglomerate.

Cannondales are designed in the US and manufactured and assembled in China and Taiwan. Cannondale’s first bicycle, above, circa 1983, was a touring bike. Its oversize tubes were very different looking as well as lighter and stiffer than the steel frames of the day. The beefy aluminum tubes helped start a "revolution that ended the reign of steel."

The 2000 Cannondale CAAD4.

2000: The fourth iteration of Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design frames, the CAAD4 solidified Cannondale’s reputation for performance with the success of the famed Saeco team and its flamboyant leader, Mario Cipollini, one of the sport’s great sprinters.

In 1997, Cannondale made history by becoming the first US bike manufacturer to sponsor a European pro road team. In a stroke of marketing magic for the American brand, Cipollini once said on TV during a stage of the Tour de France, "Cannondale is the best bike."

The 2003 Cannondale Six13.

2003: The Six13, a carbon-and-aluminum bike, launched in 2003 and won a stage of the Tour. Mechanics had to add weights to reach the governing body’s minimum 6.8 kilogram (14.99 pounds) weight, which led to the "Legalize My Cannondale" marketing campaign.

The "Six13" got its name from the atomic numbers for aluminum and carbon.

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