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Most manufacturers claim that the frames of disc-brake race bikes retain the light and lively feel of the rim-brake version; sadly, this is rarely the case. Added layers of carbon to reinforce disc-brake zones and the extra weight they carry can leave them a pedal stroke behind. The new Cannondale Super Six EVO Disc does a better job than any previous race bike at going disc. In fact, we think the disc version is a better all-around race package.
Cannondale managed to keep it crazy light: the 829-gram Hi-Mod frame, kitted out with Cannondale’s HollowGram cranks and its other System Integration components, keeps it tickling the UCI minimum. Also, it’s beautifully lively and, thanks to the disc-brake addition, the stouter fork actually improves the bike’s manners cornering on the limit. It is among the most stable and confidence-inspiring descenders in the peloton and perhaps the best disc climbing bike yet made. The new SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Disc makes you forget you are carrying discs up the climbs, and only reminds you they are there when you pull the lever on the way down and are greeted with massive, progressive, shudder-free braking. Even with a frame beefed up for disc-brake demands, the new EVO has that SuperSix magic in the saddle—beautifully comfortable for a queen stage, yet aggressive and kinetic enough for a 60-minute crit.
Of course, the UCI put a hold on discs in the peloton after a crash at Paris-Roubaix injured Francisco Ventoso, but they are back for more testing – with rounded edges – in 2017. We would argue that many more riders have been injured indirectly from poor rim braking in the wet and mountains, and as far as Paris-Roubaix is concerned the cobbles cause more damage—perhaps those should be outlawed, to say nothing of the recent moto issues.
We spoke to Cannondale-Drapac rider Phil Gaimon, who spent many miles on the Cannondale Super Six EVO Disc in Spain this past winter, and, as usual, he is not afraid to speak his mind and differ from some others in the pro peloton. “In a rainy stage, 1,000-percent I want a disc bike,” he said. “In the dry, if you give us better brakes, we’ll just go faster.” We agree, and we want those discs on the SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod.
$6,200 (w/Ultegra Di2); cannondale.com