Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 First Ride - has the flagship racer traded climbing prowess for all-round performance?

It can still climb, but it's definitely an all-rounder rather than a pure climber's bike

Cannondale SuperSix Evo
(Image: © Will Jones)

Early Verdict

A very competent all rounder that's surprisingly comfortable too, but it's no longer a pure climbers bike


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    Genuinely lovely paint

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    Excellent, balanced handling characteristics

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    Very good tyres as standard


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    SRAM Red beginning to feel dated

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    Wheels great on the flat, but take a bit to spin up

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Launch season is still in full swing, which means I’m still in the swing of jetting off from rainy Bristol to sunny parts of Spain to ride unreleased bikes. This time I spent the week in Girona, drinking extremely good espresso, riding the new Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod 1, and generally feeling rather fancy. 

Our news piece covering the launch goes into all the ins and outs of the bike, so we’ll skim over those bits that aren’t so important and instead focus on how this particular model shaped up. I spent a smidge shy of 90km atop the Hi-Mod 1 model in the hills around Girona, including a very enjoyable ascent of the Els Àngels climb, which always makes me imagine it was named by Danny Dyer. For our international audience, imagine any character from the Guy Ritchey classic Snatch

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.