Cannondale SuperSix EVO Carbon Disk Ultegra Uses Military-Grade Carbon Fiber

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Sure, e-bikes are great and all, but where does that leave the biking history? Right there at the top, and one of the teams leading the classic revolution is Cannondale.
Of course it is; after all, Cannondale is known the world over. Everyone wanting to get away from it all is dreaming of a Cannondale. Just kidding, not everyone can afford these bikes.

Speaking of expensive bikes, the one we see here is the new SuperSix EVO Carbon Disk Ultegra. A long name for, well, a whole lot of bike. As far as pricing for this bad boy, you won’t find one except at your local dealership. But as a baseline, taking into consideration last year’s model had an MSRP of $4,200, this one is still bound to be under five grand, if you’re lucky.

Assuming you are and your local dealer hasn’t added a 30% price spike, here’s what you'll be getting. First of all, the frame is most definitely completed using carbon fiber - you can tell by the lack of welding at joints.

SuperSix EVO Carbon Disk Ultegra
Photo: Cannondale
But to say that this frame uses just plain old carbon would be a crucial mistake. To understand what Cannondale likes to do to their bikes, here’s the scoop. They weren’t happy with classic carbon fiber, not even aircraft-grade fiber. No, the team chose to go one step further (think the military), and literally have contracts signed for ballistics-grade carbon fiber.

This stuff is so strong, rare, and government-controlled, that Cannondale has to have documented proof of every gram they use. And this stuff is in your bike. Now you might begin to understand why the price tag. Oh, and the fork is the same stuff.

By now, you’ve also picked up that it’s not an e-bike, so no fancy-schmancy tech except for the frame and component design.

Speaking of components, one of the first things we see (or don't see, better said) is the hidden cable routing. But unlike other internal routing systems, the team devised an opening in the headtube to reduce drag while offering easier accessibility.

SuperSix EVO Carbon Disk Ultegra
Photo: Cannondale
Can you guess what those lines operate? Obviously, some sort of Shimano component, after all, which other company to choose for standing guard over a near $5,000 piece of equipment and your life? More specifically, we find a Shimano Ultegra setup with 11-speed everything. Even the brakes are hydraulic Ultegra disks with 160-mm (6.3-in) RT800 rotors.

It also seems that Garmin is involved too in this project as we find wheel sensors that pick up with hyper-accuracy the speed, route, and distance info - they even register your bike. Oh, and this tech will also remind you when you need to pop into the shop to sped some more cash on servicing.

Adding even more value to this already seemingly lighter-than-air bike is a cockpit setup with HollowGram carbon handlebars and stem. Even the seat post is made from the same stuff.

Ok, fine, I, for one, am ready to dish out whatever 30% my local dealership adds to the MSRP. Just take a look at the photos, click the links, and find out where to get one, as you’ll probably pass this bike on to your grandkids if you have any.
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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