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Cannondale Lefty SuperMax Teardown

Word – Andrew Major
Words by Andrew Major. Photos by Andrew Major. Posted by cam@nsmb.com

Lefty Apart

There are three types of forks: regular, inverted, and Lefty. Oh sure, if you want to really simplify things it’s an inverted fork, and if you wanted to be technical/argumentative it isn’t a fork at all, but the Cannondale Lefty, their super stiff, one-sided, needle bearing, suspension strut is guaranteed, to this day, to garner more looks, questions, and opinions than any other suspension product you can bolt on your bike.


SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod: The best of everything

Lab: 17.4 (.8mm BB deflection; .6mm head tube deflection)
Build: 12.8
Comfort: 14.4
Value: 10.4
Handling: 14.3
Pedaling: 13.7
Looks: 4.0

Overall Score: 87.0

Buying a bike is often the process of measuring trade-offs. A good climber sometimes won’t descend well, or an aero bike will feel too twitchy and stiff for longer days in the saddle. But we just couldn’t find the fatal flaw in the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod. This WorldTour-proven racer comes with a high price tag (a flaw, sure, but not fatal), yet Cannondale backs it up with a striking balance of stiffness, compliance, and exceptional handling. It really does exemplify the upper echelon of the all-around category.

That’s primarily because the SuperSix can adapt. A day in the mountains? No problem. Weekend crit? It’s got you covered. It’s all about the balance of stiffness and comfort that makes it a jack of all trades, not just in name, but in performance. Our stiffness testing reveals the SuperSix is solid in both the bottom bracket (0.8mm of deflection) and head tube (0.6mm of deflection), but not nearly as unyielding as an aero bike like the Trek Madone (0.41mm of deflection in both the head tube and bottom bracket). That little bit of flex gives the bike a more lively feel, a certain something that connects to the curves and is just malleable enough when you’re throwing your weight around on climbs.

It’s no noodle; it flexes where it needs to flex to keep things comfortable, but it responds when you punch the pedals. The dramatically shaped chainstays and seatstays flex like leaf springs while maintaining professional-caliber torsional stiffness, especially out of the saddle when you’re grinding up climbs. Perhaps it’s Cannondale’s BB30A asymmetric bottom bracket that makes the SuperSix feel so lively and eager on the ups, or maybe it’s the sub-14 pound build. It’s likely both.

On top of that, a short, 989mm wheelbase (size 56cm) helps create an amazingly peppy bike that’s equally at home weaving through the peloton or exploding off the front of it. That peppiness is a bit surprising given the somewhat tall 155mm head tube, yet that same tall head tube makes the SuperSix stable on climbs and through sweeping turns. And that’s just it: Cannondale has nailed the geometry. It borrows elements from every other category, from endurance to aero — tall head tube, short stays and wheelbase, long top tube — to combine the best of everything.

Mavic’s Cosmic Pro carbon wheels were too narrow for our testers’ liking, though. The trend toward wider rim profiles allows for a wider contact patch that improves traction, cornering, and bump compliance, so the SuperSix could only be improved with a wider set of wheels like Zipp 303s or the less expensive Hed Ardennes.

If you’re a serious racer and want to own just one bike that climbs as well as it weaves through peloton traffic, this is it. Full stop.

Component Highlights: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain; Dura-Ace brakes; Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheels; Cannondale HollowGram SiSL2 cranks
Weight: 13.89 pounds (size 56cm)


Cannondale Slate, first ride

So, my much-anticipated first few rides aboard Cannondale’s latest creation are under my belt, but what to make of a bike that has no clear identity? It’s the question I was asked most of all: what is it? Mostly followed by: is it a cyclo-cross bike? Or is that one of those ‘gravel bikes’? Cannondale’s answer to both would be, no. So what exactly is the Slate then?

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A lezione di Lefty

MAGLIANO SABINA – Ciò che rende diversa una bici Cannondale dalle altre non è solo la forcella Lefty.
O meglio, la Lefty è uno dei componenti del System Integration della casa americana, cioè una serie di elementi studiati per funzionare in abbinamento gli uni con gli altri e con il telaio.
Una Cannondale, quindi, richiede delle conoscenze specifiche da parte dei rivenditori poiché una Lefty, ovviamente, è diversa da una Sid o da una 32 Float.
Per tale ragione i rivenditori devono essere preparati e informati, perché l’assistenza e la manutenzione sono due punti cruciali, non solo per la validità della garanzia, ma anche per la sicurezza e per il piacere di guida.
Cannondale ha invitato MtbCult a partecipare a uno dei corsi di aggiornamento riservato ai dealer, ossia il momento in cui a vecchi e nuovi rivenditori vengono forniti gli ultimi dettagli sulla manutenzione delle bici e delle sospensioni.
In cattedra troviamo Manuele Zucchi e Fabio Gigli.

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