Cannondale is celebrating five decades in the road bike business with a terrifically lightweight version of its SuperSix EVO frame.
Loyal followers of all things Cannondale will be familiar with the SuperSix EVO, used by riders such as Lachlan Morton and the EF Education team. At only 840g for a frame, the SuperSix EVO is amazingly light. But in cycling, there’s always a way to go even lighter.
Cannondale’s composite engineers applied themselves to the task of lightweighting the brand’s high-performance road bike frame. And the result is its SuperSix EVO Leichtbau. And yes, that means 'lightweight build' in German.
How much lighter is this Leichtbau version compared to a standard SuperSix EVO? The weight reduction is 90g, which reduces it to a frame weight of only 750g. About the same as a large hydration bottle, filled with water.
Made by hand
The Cannondale SuperSix EVO Leichtbau is built by specialist carbon-fibre technicians. Cannondale’s limited edition road bike is its lightest ever and features all those modern design details you'd expect from a premium road bike frame.
Custom paint and graphics distinguish the Leichtbau from other SuperSix EVO frames. It has adequate tyre clearance to roll 30mm wide tyres, accommodating the desire of many road riders to fit larger tyres.
The Leichtbau seatstays have vibration dampening properties courtesy of some very clever carbon-fibre engineering, reducing rider fatigue on those long weekend routes. The integrated seatpost is aerodynamically shaped. And truth be told, the frame, fork and seatpost as an entity look terrific.
With a global allocation of only 200 units, you’re unlikely to see one at your local Sunday morning coffee ride. Price? That will be R80 000 for a frame. Light in weight, not in price.