Alex Howes' Cannondale SuperSix EVO - Gallery

We take a look at the Cannondale-Drapac rider's Tour Down Under bike

This article first appeared on Bikeradar

Alex Howes has spent his career coming up through the ranks of the Slipstream Sports program. During his tenure he’s had a handful of wins in the Tour of Utah as well as the now defunct USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

In Adelaide at the Tour Down Under he’s riding a size 54 Cannondale SuperSix EVO frame with Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 derailleurs, shifters and brakes. With Cannondale-Drapac's CeramicSpeed partnership, the whole team is riding the brand's Oversized Pulley System, which is claimed to save three watts. To keep Oversized Pulley Wheels from rubbing on the 28-tooth cog on the Ultegra 11-28T cassette, Cannondale-Drapac mechanic Fred Bassey tells us that they need 116-links in the chain and to bend the derailleur cage slightly. The team is also running CeramicSpeed bottom brackets.

Like just about every other rider here in Adelaide, Howes is running a 53T big chainring, but on the inside he’s only running a 38T. He’s also using Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL2 cranks and a SRM power meter. The cranks have seen some abuse and it looks as though Howes is a heel-in rider, based on the mark on his crank.

Atop a FSA K-Force carbon seatpost is a Fizik Antares VS saddle with the pressure relieving channel.

The team is sponsored by Mavic so it’s no surprise to see 40mm Cosmic Ultimate rolling stock, however the label on the tubulars has been scrubbed off — though they appear to be a Veloflex Carbon casing.

At the front, Howes is running 400mm FSA Energy Compact bars with an out in front Garmin mount attached and a 130mm, -17-degree FSA OS series stem.


Full Specifications

Complete bike specifications

Frame: Cannondale SuperSix EVO
Fork: SuperSix EVO, SPEED SAVE
Stem: FSA OS series stem, 130mm, -17-degree
Handlebar: FSA Energy Compact, 400mm
Front brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070
Rear brake: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra, 11-28T
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-speed
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace, SRM 170mm, 53/38T
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace
Wheelset: Cosmic Ultimate
Saddle: Fizik Antares VS
Seatpost: K-Force
Bottle cages: Tacx Deva

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.80m
Rider's weight: 61kg
Saddle height from bottom bracket: 745mm
Centre of saddle to centre of bar: 725mm
Total bicycle weight: 7kg / 15.4lb

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