2023 Cannondale SuperSix EVO, SystemSix, Synapse, CAAD Guide

By : Mr Mamil
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Cannondale is one of the leading bike manufacturers in the cycling world today. Their bikes are ridden at the highest levels of professional racing for many years and are loved by amateur cyclists.

It was founded in 1971 in Connecticut by Joe Montgomery and Murdock MacGregor. What many cyclists didn’t know was that Cannondale started as a precast concrete manufacturer. Their journey into the bicycle industry started when they started making cloth bags and cargo trailers for bikes.

To their surprise, these products gained attention from the Bicycle Show in New York and they secured orders from more than 2,500 dealers across the United States in 20 months.

It wasn’t until Todd Patterson, an exceptional designer, came on board and started designing, jigging, and welding aluminum bike frames that Cannondale becomes a bike manufacturer. That’s where Cannondale’s famed aluminum frames started out.

Cannondale Road Bikes Line Up

There are four Cannondale road bikes models; SuperSix EVO (all-rounder), SystemSix (aero), Synapse (endurance), and CAAD (aluminum).

Carbon is used for mid to top-of-the-line frames. There is the Hi-MOD and non Hi-MOD versions. Hi-MOD stands for High Modulus carbon that is lighter, stiffer, and much more responsive.

Example : Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Dura-Ace Di2

On the other hand, aluminum frames are found in low to mid-tiered frames. The lowest-tiered frames use the heavier SmartForm C2 Alloy, and mid-tiered frames use their premium SmartForm C1 Alloy.

ModelDesigned forPrice range
SuperSix EVOAll-rounder race bike$3,225 to $13,050
SystemSixAero race bike$5,400 to $13,050
SynapseEndurance bike$1,325 to $9,050
CAAD13Mid-range, aluminum bike$2,325 to $3,325
CAAD OptimoEntry-level, aluminum bike$1,025 to $1,625
Cannondale Road Bikes Lineup

Cannondale SuperSix EVO

Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc
Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc. Photo : Cannondale

The Cannondale SuperSix EVO is an all-rounder race bike.

For years, it’s been known for being light, fast, and stiff on the climbs. At one point, many weight weenies were building sub-6kg bikes with the SuperSix EVO. The current design was launched in mid-2019. Cannondale is perhaps the last of the major bike manufacturers to adopt the dropped seat stays design.

All SuperSix EVO models are now disc brake only. The flagship Hi-MOD models are specced with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 or SRAM Red eTap AXS. Hi-MOD (High Modulus) carbon is Cannondale’s premium high-strength, high-stiffness carbon construction, which is only used in their top-of-the-line framesets.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MODCarbon (Hi-MOD)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$13,050
Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MODCarbon (Hi-MOD)SRAM Red eTap AXS$12,500
Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MODCarbon (Hi-MOD)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$8,050
Cannondale SuperSix EVOCarbonSRAM Force eTap AXS$6,550
Cannondale SuperSix EVOCarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$6,150
Cannondale SuperSix EVOCarbonShimano 105 Di2 (R7100)$4,250
Cannondale SuperSix EVOCarbonShimano 105 (R7000)$3,225
Cannondale SuperSix EVO retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) vs SRAM Red eTap AXS Groupsets

Cannondale SystemSix

Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MOD Disc
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MOD Disc. Photo : Cannondale

The Cannondale SystemSix is the latest addition to the road bike lineup. It’s designed as an all-out aero bike with a 100% focus on speed.

The engineers designed the Cannondale SystemSix based on a six-part system (hence the name); the integration of frame, fork, seat post, handlebar, stem, and wheels in a package to maximize aerodynamic advantages. All cables are routed internally via the two-piece, carbon Cannondale Knot SystemBar for all SystemSix models.

The flagship SystemSix Hi-MOD is built on Cannondale’s premium, lightweight carbon technology and is specced with electronic shifting only. To achieve maximum aero benefits, the Cannondale HollowGram wheels are 64mm deep and tubeless-ready.

There’s the non-Hi-MOD edition with a mechanical Shimano groupset for those on a lower budget. Another major difference is the 55mm deep Vision SC55 wheel instead of the HollowGram 64mm wheels.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MODCarbon (Hi-MOD)SRAM Red eTap AXS$13,050
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MODCarbon (Hi-MOD)Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$13,050
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MODCarbon (Hi-MOD)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$8,050
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MODCarbon (Hi-MOD)Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8070)$8,000
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-MODCarbonShimano Ultegra (R8000)$5,400
Cannondale SystemSix retail prices in USD
More reading : 
Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) vs Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) Groupsets
List of Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) Groupset Bikes

Cannondale Synapse

Cannondale Synapse Carbon
Cannondale Synapse Carbon. Photo : Cannondale

The Cannondale Synapse is for those looking for endurance bike geometry.

Compared to its elder sibling, the SuperSix EVO, the Synapse hasn’t had any major design changes in recent years. It still features a traditional frame design with the non dropped seat stays with a maximum tire size of 32c, and disc only.

As an endurance bike, the Cannondale Synapse doesn’t come with top-of-the-line Hi-MOD framesets. Depending on the budget, there are models specced with 12-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200) down to 10-speed Shimano Tiagra.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 1 RLECarbonShimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)$9,050
Cannondale Synapse Carbon Ltd RLECarbonShimano GRX Di2 (11s)$7,050
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLECarbonShimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)$5,550
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 LCarbonShimano 105 (R7000)$3,325
Cannondale Synapse CarbonCarbonShimano Tiagra (R4700)$2,625
Cannondale Synapse Carbon retail prices in USD
More reading : Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100) vs SRAM Force eTap AXS Groupsets

Cannondale CAAD13

Cannondale CAAD13
Cannondale CAAD13. Photo : Cannondale

The Cannondale CAAD13 is an aluminum race bike.

In the past 10 to 15 years, aluminum bikes are slowly fading off the radar with the wider availability of carbon bikes. However, this is not the case for the CAAD, as it continues to be the go-to bike for many, especially criterium racers.

Now in its 13th iteration, it has the same dropped seat stay design as the Cannondale SuperSix EVO, although their frame geometry is different. The Cannondale CAAD geometry is focused on smooth and responsive handling through corners and performs its best on flat criteriums.

The Cannondale CAAD13 is available in electronic and mechanical groupsets with external cabling.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Cannondale CAAD13Aluminum (SmartForm C1)SRAM Rival eTap AXS$3,325
Cannondale CAAD13Aluminum (SmartForm C1)Shimano Ultegra (11s)$3,125
Cannondale CAAD13Aluminum (SmartForm C1)Shimano 105 (R7000)$2,325
Cannondale CAAD13 retail prices in USD
More reading : 
Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100) vs SRAM Rival eTap AXS Groupsets
List of Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100) Groupset Bikes

Cannondale CAAD Optimo

Cannondale CAAD Optimo
Cannondale CAAD Optimo. Photo : Cannondale

The Cannondale CAAD Optimo is an entry-level road bike.

Built using Cannondale’s lower-grade SmartForm C2 Alloy, the Optimo is only available in rim brake versions. The Cannondale Optimo is specced with either Shimano Claris (8-speed), Sora (9-speed), Tiagra (10-speed), or an 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset.

ModelFrame materialGroupsetRetail price (USD)
Cannondale CAAD Optimo 1Aluminum (SmartForm C2)Shimano 105 (R7000)$1,625
Cannondale CAAD Optimo 2Aluminum (SmartForm C2)Shimano Tiagra (R4700)$1,375
Cannondale CAAD Optimo 3Aluminum (SmartForm C2)Shimano Sora (R3000)$1,300
Cannondale CAAD Optimo 4Aluminum (SmartForm C2)Shimano Claris (R2400)$1,025
Cannondale CAAD Optimo retail prices in USD

Cannondale Road Bikes in Professional Cycling

Cannondale bikes have been in the pro peloton for a long time dating back to the early 2000s. In recent years, Cannondale bikes started to make headlines when a young Peter Sagan started winning bunch sprints and the first three of his seven Tour de France green jerseys on a Cannondale Super Six EVO Hi-MOD.

Rigoberto Uran finished second in the 2017 Tour de France, and Alberto Bettiol won the 2019 Tour of Flanders riding the Cannondale Super Six Hi-MOD.

In 2023, team EF Education-Easypost riders will be riding Cannondale bikes.

More reading : Which Bike Brand Won the Most Tour de France?

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Cannondale’s warranty?

Cannondale road bike frames have a lifetime warranty for the original owner. Paint and decals and Cannondale branded components are covered under warranty for the first year.

More about Cannondale’s warranty policy.

Where are Cannondale bikes made?

Cannondale bikes are made in Taiwan.