Pro bike: Ivan Basso's Liquigas Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod

Green machine for the mountains

2010 Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso is looking forward to the higher mountains looming ahead in this year's Tour de France, and hoping that his familiar Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod is the correct machine to carry him up and over with dreams of a podium finish in Paris.

Basso has been racing this version since returning to the sport early last year but Cannondale only officially launched it to the public the following May. In addition to a 150g weight reduction, Cannondale says a new construction method and updated tube shapes yield additional chassis stiffness over the previous generation.

Rather than use last year's one-piece chain stays-plus-bottom bracket shell combination, Basso's SuperSix uses one-piece seat stay and chain stay assemblies that join to a monocoque front triangle with large surface area bonds. The whole area is anchored with long carbon fiber strips that reach all the way around the seat tube and top tube up top, and around the seat tube and down tube below.

At least in concept, it's analogous to how guide rings are secured to fishing rods and Cannondale claims it's a more efficient use of material than even tube-to-tube construction.

The team's equipment sponsors have essentially carried over from last year, including Campagnolo, Mavic, FSA, Speedplay, fi'zi:k and Elite. As such, the major items are unchanged with a Record transmission and brakes and Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels wrapped with Schwalbe-labeled tubulars.

Upgrades include Speedplay's ultralight Zero Nanogram pedals and Elite's latest Sior carbon bottle cages but Basso has made more significant changes to his cockpit. A traditional-bend FSA Energy T handlebar takes the place of the company's New Ergo bend we saw him with last year and a forged-and-machined OS-115 stem – in a longer 140mm length – stands in for the carbon-wrapped OS-99 model. Also significant is a swap from fi'zi:k's Aliante to the far flatter-profile Antares.

Even with the change in frame size from last season's 58cm to this year's 56cm – mostly in an aim to get a shorter head tube – point-to-point reach from the saddle tip to the center of the bars has actually gone up 15mm. Couple in the more aggressive traditional bend and the result is that Basso can now stretch out more than before.

Mechanics wouldn't permit us to weigh the bike ourselves but quoted us a figure of 6.85kg (15.1lb) as pictured.

Full Specifications

Complete bike specifications:

Frame: Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod, size 56cm
Fork: Cannondale SuperSix Hi-Mod
Headset: Cannondale Si integrated
Stem: FSA OS115, 140mm x -6°
Handlebars: FSA Energy T, 44cm (c-c)
Tape/grips: fi'zi:k bar:tape
Front brake: Campagnolo Record D Skeleton w/ carbon-specific pads
Rear brake: Campagnolo Record D Skeleton w/ carbon-specific pads
Brake levers: Campagnolo Record Ergopower Ultra-Shift 11s
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11s
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 11s
Shift levers: Campagnolo Record Ergopower Ultra-Shift 11s
Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11s, 11-25T
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11s
Crankset: SRM Wireless PowerMeter Cannondale SI/SL, 175mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Cannondale BB30 Ceramic
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Nanogram
Wheelset: Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate
Front tire: Labeled as Schwale Ultremo
Rear tire: Labeled as Schwale Ultremo
Saddle: fi'zi:k Antares Braided
Seat post: FSA K-Force Light SB25
Bottle cages: Elite Sior (2)
Computer: SRM PowerControl 7
Other accessories:

Critical measurements:

Rider's height: 1.83m (6' 0")
Rider's weight: 70kg (154lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 782mm
Saddle setback (ask mechanic): 94mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 570mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 530mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 625mm
Saddle-to-bar drop (vertical): 110mm
Head tube length: 155mm
Top tube length: 560mm
Total bicycle weight: 6.85kg (15.1lb) - as quoted by mechanic

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