Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 First Ride – has the flagship racer traded climbing prowess for all-round performance?

Launch season is still in full swing, which means I’m still in the swing of jetting off from rainy Bristol to sunny parts of Spain to ride unreleased bikes. This time I spent the week in Girona, drinking extremely good espresso, riding the new Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod 1, and generally feeling rather fancy. 

Our news piece covering the launch goes into all the ins and outs of the bike, so we’ll skim over those bits that aren’t so important and instead focus on how this particular model shaped up. I spent a smidge shy of 90km atop the Hi-Mod 1 model in the hills around Girona, including a very enjoyable ascent of the Els Àngels climb, which always makes me imagine it was named by Danny Dyer. For our international audience, imagine any character from the Guy Ritchey classic Snatch

As always, this is a first look rather than a final conclusion. Further testing is always needed over a variety of terrain to solidify things, but you can still get a decent idea on a moderate day out in the sun. 

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This paint is genuinely, truly, lovely (Image credit: Will Jones)SRAM Red is feeling a bit outdated now (Image credit: Will Jones)The forks can definitely accommodate more than the 25mm GT5000 that come as standard (Image credit: Will Jones)Speccing decent tyres is always going to get brownie points (Image credit: Will Jones)

Specifications: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod 1

Price: £7,000 / $8,800 / €8,850

Frame: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod

Size: 56cm 

Weight: Unspecified

Groupset: SRAM Red AXS

Wheels: Hollowgram 50 R-SL

Brakes: SRAM Red AXS

Bar/stem: Conceal Stem & Vision Metron Aero bars (MOMO one piece not tested)

Seatpost: Cannondale SuperSix

Saddle: Prologo Dimension

No change really in the silhouette, and none in the geometry (Image credit: Cannondale)

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