The Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra enters the test with an EF Education-NIPPO team paint job and mechanical, gravel drivetrain components. Is this the magic potion to help it beat its rivals in this direct comparison? You can find out everything you need to know here.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2021 – 15 models in review

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra | 7.89 kg in size 56 | € 5,599 | Manufacturer’s website

For the SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra, Cannondale have thought up something special and, with the WTB Expanse 700 x 32C tires, use tires from the gravel sector. That is taken further with a 2×11 drivetrain mix consisting of Shimano ULTEGRA R8000 shifters, brakes and front derailleur, a Shimano GRX RX800 derailleur (read our review of the GRX groupset here) and Shimano 105 CS-R7000 11–30 t cassette. This combination is intended to ensure reliable performance away from perfect asphalt roads. In practice, it also proved itself in our test and was unimpressed by even the worst testing conditions. Hats off! The only flaws are the bulky hoods and the “punchy” gear ratios with the 52/36 t chainrings that require a lot of strength on steep ramps. In fact, our build reminds us closely of that of team riders Lachlan Morten and Alex Howes during this year’s Old Man Winter Rally – something we only realised after ordering the bike while looking at the @efprocycling Instagram account. Different to the team, our test bike comes with the SAVE system cockpit.

Completely in its element
The drivetrain mix on this special Cannondale build consisting of ULTEGRA and GRX components proves what it’s capable of in the most demanding testing conditions.
Big ring and go
The 52/36 t chainrings in combination with the 11–30 t cassette produce lactate in the legs after long, steep climbs. Life could be made a bit easier with a compact 50/34 t chainset.
Doesn’t work
The cockpit doesn’t work for us in 2021 either. Too little integration and too many disadvantages: too clunky, too few bar options and a too prominent GPS mount.

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra 2021

€ 5,599


Seatpost HollowGram 27 SL Knot 15 mm
Brakes Shimano ULTEGRA BR-R8070 160/160 mm
Drivetrain Mixed Shimano ULTEGRA R8000/GRX RX800 2 x 11
Chainring 52/36
Stem HollowGram KNOT 110 mm
Handlebar HollowGram SAVE SystemBar 420 mm
Wheelset HollowGram HG35 12 x 100/12 x 142 mm Thru-Axle
Tires WTB Expanse 32 32-622 (700x32C) 32
Cranks HollowGram SiSL2 172,5 mm
Cassette Shimano 105 CS-R7000 11–30

Technical Data

Size 44 48 51 54 56 58 60 62
Weight 7.89 kg

Specific Features

GRX groupset
Garmin speed sensor comes with bike as standard
Gravel tires (WTB Expanse 32)
3 bosses under down tube to fit bottles

Barely visible!
In terms of integration, the seatpost clamp is light years ahead of the cockpit. Svelte and completely invisible from the side, it’s integrated into the frame. Great!
Praise to the tires
The WTB Expanse 700 x 32C tires convince with their speed and traction. With their comparatively large volume, they make up for the otherwise limited level of comfort. Here, they make full use of the bike’s clearances.
Significant limitations
The maximum steering angle on the Cannondale is more limited than any other bike in the test. The shifting cables enter the down tube while the brake hoses run through the stem into the bike, leaving lots of cabling visible. Bikes in the test with significantly tidier cockpits manage much greater steering angles.

However, the upward-facing GPS mount, limited Cannondale bar options, comparatively rudimentary cable integration and clunky looks of the stem didn’t ignite much passion amongst our test team. A different story is the speed sensor developed in collaboration with Garmin comes fitted as standard. Together with your bike computer, it provides precise information about your route, speed and impending service intervals. Our test bike was based on the SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra, costing € 5,599. Cannondale quote the additional upgrade costs as € 200, with the parts available as spares or via eBay.

Size 44 48 51 54 56 58 60 62
Seat tube 400 mm 438 mm 477 mm 515 mm 536 mm 558 mm 579 mm 600 mm
Top tube 512 mm 520 mm 528 mm 546 mm 562 mm 578 mm 594 mm 611 mm
Head tube 99 mm 114 mm 130 mm 153 mm 164 mm 188 mm 209 mm 230 mm
Head angle 70.9° 71.2° 71.2° 71.2° 73.0° 73.0° 73.0° 73.0°
Seat angle 74.3° 74.3° 74.3° 73.7° 73.3° 72.9° 72.5° 72.1°
Chainstays 408 mm 408 mm 408 mm 408 mm 408 mm 408 mm 408 mm 408 mm
BB Drop 74 mm 74 mm 74 mm 72 mm 72 mm 69 mm 69 mm 69 mm
Wheelbase 979 mm 985 mm 994 mm 1,008 mm 992 mm 1,005 mm 1,016 mm 1,028 mm
Reach 370 mm 374 mm 378 mm 384 mm 390 mm 395 mm 400 mm 406 mm
Stack 504 mm 519 mm 534 mm 554 mm 574 mm 594 mm 614 mm 634 mm
Helmet POC Omne Air SPIN | Glasses 1 Glendale
Jersey Rapha Men’s EF Education First Technical T-Shirt | Pants Rapha Men’s Cargo Bib Shorts
Shoes Specialized S-Works Vent | Socks VOID Socks 16

The Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra in review

With a weight of 7.89 kg in size 56 and its stiff bottom bracket, the Cannondale accelerates responsively and is light-footed enough to take a place at the front of the pack. Regardless of whether you’re on the flats or heading downhill, it generates speed willingly thanks to its aerodynamic tubeset. On steep inclines, it needs quite a lot of force on the pedals to keep it going due to the large 52/36 t chainrings, though equally, these allow you to keep on pushing at high speeds. The WTB rubber also turned out to be a swift choice of tire.

Racing on the white roads of the Strade Bianche? Hell yeah! This is the prototype for a progressive and modern all-round racer. In this build, it’s the best SuperSix that we’ve ever had in for testing!

The generous volume and reinforced casing offer some vibration damping but the tires also fill out the frame’s clearances completely and exacerbate the already significant toe overlap. Together with the internal cable routing limiting the maximum steering angle, manoeuvering and slow speeds require you to pay attention! This and very rough surfaces aside, the feeling of safety aboard the bike is high and only increases with speed. However, the sporty stiff character of the SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra has a comparatively low level of comfort in response to bigger impacts. Moreover, the direct handling is surprisingly precise despite the high-volume tires. In combination, that means the bike tends towards being nervous in more challenging situations. On the other hand, on good surfaces, the bike is confident and displays good stability. The comparatively aggressive riding position and limited extension of the seatpost due to the height of the top tube don’t improve comfort but our test crew still had a blast on the Cannondale thanks to its balanced and responsive handling! The bike stays true to its race DNA while revealing an incredible ability of transformation.

Tuning tip: 50/34 t chainring for more relaxed climbing on steep ramps

Riding Characteristics



  1. cumbersome
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. confident


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively


  1. firm
  2. comfortable

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data

SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra

Size: 44 48 51 54 56 58 60 62
Weight: 7,89
Price: € 5,599

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3


What will be too uncomfortable for leisure riders and tourers, and too direct and demanding for beginners, will be cause for celebration for all ambitious and experienced bike fans: this special build of the Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra is the definition of a sporty all-road bike. If you understand the tops and flops of this sporty all-rounder, have two wheelsets ready and you’ll be able to ride this frameset rapidly, 365 days of the year and always have fun.


  • coherent, sporty concept
  • great function of the GRX groupset mix
  • high efficiency on the flats
  • versatility sensibly expanded with upgrades
  • aggressive, pro looks


  • pronounced toe overlap
  • steering angle limited
  • limited comfort
  • clunky look and limited options to adjust fit of the cockpit

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The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2021 – 15 models in review

All bikes in test: BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE (Click for review) | Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Ultegra | Canyon Grail CF SLX 8 eTap (Click for review) | Cervélo Caledonia-5 Dura Ace Di2 Disc (Click for review) | Mason Resolution Ekar (Click for review) | MERIDA REACTO TEAM-E CUSTOM (Click for review) | MERIDA SCULTURA ENDURANCE CUSTOM (Click for review) | OPEN MIN.D. (Click for review) | Orbea Gain M20i (Click for review) | ROSE REVEAL FOUR DISC Ultegra Di2 (Click for review) | SCOTT Addict eRIDE Premium (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Aethos (Click for review) | Storck Fascenario.3 Comp Disc Ultegra (Click for review) | Trek Domane+ LT 9 (Click for review) | Wilier Filante SLR (Click for review)

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Words: Photos: Valentin Rühl