Cannondale have taken over title sponsorship of the team formerly known as Liquigas-Cannondale after the Italian gas firm withdrew from the sport – and this is the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod to be ridden by the squad in 2013.
The team, whose riders include Peter Sagan and Ivan Basso, will continue to ride the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod, on which Sagan won three stages of the Tour de France and with it the green jersey. Like Liquigas, Cannondale’s trademark colour is also green so there’s been little change to the bike’s livery.
The frame is one of the lightest in the professional peloton at a featherweight 695g – but it’s not even the lightest in Cannondale’s range, with the SuperSix Evo Nano a paltry 655g.
Cannondale say their BallisTec carbon construction method allows them to achieve a super-light weight without sacrificing stiffness or strength. The frame is paired with a 315g fork which tapers from 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″.
The featherweight frame is equipped with the latest incarnation of SRAM’s top-of-the-range Red groupset (in a custom green paintjob to match the bike), which is the lightest setup on the market. That, combined with the low frame weight, should make for a super-light machine.
The crankset is Cannondale’s new SiSL2 design, unveiled last year. The SiSL2 cranks are 100 per cent CNC machined in a clamshell design, so there are two sides bonded together, which drops the claimed weight to 483g, while the remaining material has been tweaked (with differing wall thickness along the crank arm) to reportedly increase stiffness.
Cannondale have switched wheel sponsors for the new season, with Mavic out and Vision in. Expect the team to use the Vision Metron wheels pictures above as well as Vision’s Trimax Carbon hoops. Mavic have also been replaced as tyre sponsor by Kenda.
Other than that, the team’s bikes are finished with FSA cockpit components, Fizik saddles, Elite bottle cages, SRM power meters and Speedplay Zero pedals. Finally, the team will use the new Cannondale Slice RS, launched last year, in time trials.