Back in March, in a conversation with Cannondale-Drapac pro rider and social media starlet, Phil Gaimon, I’d made comment about the American’s machine. It was the latest version of the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod, in Gaimon’s training bike guise, but I couldn’t help but point out how old-fashioned it looked, with its straight lines and old-school tube profiles. He replied simply: “It’s amazing.”
Regardless of how you feel about the look of the SuperSix Evo, his emphatic response stuck with me. Did he say it just because he rode for the eponymous team, was it an opinion on the looks of the bike, or how it rode? I was intrigued to find out and, having spent the past month on the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod, including a trip to the Etape du Tour sportive, can only agree with Gaimon’s verdict. The latest SuperSix may not shout from the rooftops like the latest generation of attention grabbing aero or endurance bikes, but it’s one of the best all-rounders out there.
First things first, our test machine isn’t the full-bore Dura-Ace Di2 Team monster of Gaimon and his Cannondale-Drapac team-mates, but the mechanical Ultegra iteration, which at £2,999.99 sits at the ‘bottom’ of the Hi-Mod ladder. However, where it really matters, the frameset is identical to the team bike, with precisely the same high-modulus carbon layup. So, logically, the bike should provide largely the same experience, give or take a bit where the build is concerned – but more on that later.