Bicycling Magazine - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Carbon SRAM Rival - 2015 Editors' Choice

The least costly of the three versions of the SuperSix Evo Carbon frame is still stiff, crisp, and has a smooth-shifting SRAM Rival drivetrain.

What You Need to Know
Price: $2,710
Weight: 17.6lbs (54cm)
Info: cannondale.com

I bought my first mountain bike in 1993. I didn’t do my homework, and I knew nothing about riding trails, but the moment I walked into the bike shop, I knew that the deep-purple, $500 Cannondale was the one I wanted—for no other reason than how it looked.

I've had a thing for Cannondales ever since, so it didn’t surprise me when my eyes looked past the pile of Editors’ Choice bikes and right to the SuperSix, with its beautiful blue and purple paint and no-frills appearance. Then I road it, and beneath the paint was a gutsy, sturdy, reliable machine. I felt natural on it, like I was hanging out with an old friend. This was the least expensive bike I tested, and I had just as much fun riding it as I did any of the others. It was also the only bike I rode without Di2, and despite having been spoiled by electronic, I quickly embraced the SRAM Rival shifting. Even compared with the higher-priced bikes I rode before and after it, the SuperSix held its own.—Jen Sherry

Definitely has a competitive bent—quick and responsive to a rider’s will, yet reassuringly stable and predictable at speed in a paceline. Fun to push this bike to my limit.—Brad Ford