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The Cannondale Supersix EVO has been a long-standing pro tour competitor. The frame has maintained a classic shape and for the longest time been one of the lightest weight production frames available. It combines its light weight with a stiff, compliant ride and in recent times has added an aero advantage to its resume. Ryder Hesjedal rode the Evo with great success at the recent Giro d’Italia over some serious mountain passes. Dan Martin and Andrew Talansky will be hoping they can perform equally as well at the Tour de France.
The Synapse is Cannondale’s answer to the cobbles. The geometry is based around all day riding, with a compact frame, helix shaped rear stays and offset drop outs on the forks. This allows the Synapse to track better over rough terrain and give the rider a more compliant ride. The smaller diameter frame tubes create less drag whilst maintaining strength so the Synapse is not losing anything in the aero or power transfer stakes, when compared to the Supersix Evo.
Everything about the Cannondale Slice RS screams aero. Steerer-less forks, hidden brakes and the thinnest UCI legal seat which was designed to minimise drag, all combine to make the RS an aero beast. Savings upwards of 20-seconds are claimed by Cannondale over 40km, which could prove critical given the amount of TTing required in this year’s Tour de France. Narrow cross sections reduce drag, and yet the frame has managed to maintain the same vertical compliance as the Supersix Evo. An incredible feat for a TT bike.
Thanks Graham Watson for the great images.