2012 Cannondale SuperSix EVO road bike frameset

Previously only available as a complete bike built with expensive, high-end groups and wheels, Cannondale’s top of the line road bike will now be offered as a frameset.

The full tech breakdown on the 2012 Cannondale SuperSix EVO bikes is in this post, and we weighed a few of them here. Here’s the quick refresher: The 695g frame, which they claim is the lightest production road bike frame available, uses such tricks as one-piece rear triangles with co-molded dropouts and continuous fibers to maintain strength and durability. It even incorporates their Speed SAVE stays to help with rear traction by offering a hint of compliance. The head and main tubes are slimmer to give it a thinner frontal profile against the wind. Lastly, weight’s not the only claim to fame. C’dale also says this frame has the highest stiffness to weight ratio of any bike tested.

The frameset comes with a Speed SAVE BallisTec fork (same material as the frame) and SRAM PFBB30 bottom bracket and headset installed. U.S. MSRP TBD. Check the original launch video for this bike after the break…


  1. I have heard from a reliable source that Cannondale has had some problems with the carbon layup on these bikes. Is there any news on that and if true how and when was it resolved. I want one of these but with the price tag, want to make sure there are no problems. Any help would be welcomed.

  2. i have heard not such news of this, the only bike i have heard that was having major issues was the BMC impec. As far as the lay up there will always be a few that dont quite work, no matter how good you are at making them. Liqui and a few others are still riding them, so i imagine they are pretty safe to ride on.

  3. Mine just arrived and I need to pick it up at the shop. Only the white (as pictured) and Liquigas Green were available for order. Was hoping to get the ultimate version in “no paint” black, but the white frame is still much better than buying an entire bike and parting it all out.

    I just don’t understand why manufacturers don’t do this. Seriously, what is the probability that the stem will be the right length, the seatpost will have the right setback, the saddle won’t go straight in the trash, that you will get the right handlbar bend preference. What if you race and want a training wheelset and a race wheelset, the middle of the road wheelsets that come on these bikes don’t make sense. There are bikes out there I would have purchased in the past, but chose other brands simply because they didn’t offer a frameset or frame module.

  4. Todd, great question. I’d love BikeRumor to investigate if possible. I can think of a few reasons, but it’s mostly wild speculation.It’d be great to hear from a major player about why they make the choices they do, and also from somebody like Salsa or Surly or one of the other brands that seem to offer almost their whole lineup as frameset only.

What do you think?