This article compares the differences between the Specialized Aethos and Cannondale Supersix EVO.
The comparison covers the model lineups, specifications, and retail pricing. It compares the carbon fiber technology (Specialized FACT vs Cannondale BallisTec) and frameset technologies on each bike.
The objective is to provide you with a clearer understanding of Specialized Aethos vs Cannondale Supersix EVO before making the purchasing decision.
|Type of bike||Specialized Aethos||Cannondale Supersix EVO|
|Type of bike||Lightweight||Lightweight, all-rounder|
|Frame material||FACT 12r carbon|
FACT 10r carbon
BallisTec Hi-Mod carbon
|Frame sizes||44, 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61||44, 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61|
|Groupset||Shimano, SRAM (12-speed)||Shimano, SRAM (12-speed)|
|Brakes||Hydraulic disc||Hydraulic disc|
|Price (USD)||$5,200 to $14,250||$4,500 to $15,000|
Specialized Aethos 1
The Specialized Aethos is a lightweight road bike designed for hardcore weight weenies. Featuring a more traditional shape with rounded tubes and non-dropped seat stay, the Aethos weighs only 5.9kg for a complete bike.
Pronounced as Ay-thoss, the naming is based on the Greek word Ethos, meaning character.
With its weight below the minimum of 6.8kg mandated by the UCI, the Specialized Aethos will not feature in professional cycling. Like the Tarmac, the S-Works frames use the FACT 12r carbon, and non S-Works frame use the FACT 10r carbon.
There are five models in the Aethos lineup based on its groupset setup. It’s also available in frameset only for Specialized and S-Works editions.
|Model||Frame material||Groupset||Wheelset||Retail price (USD)|
|S-Works Aethos||FACT 12r carbon||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)||Roval Alpinist CLX||$14,250|
|S-Works Aethos||FACT 12r carbon||SRAM Red eTap AXS||Roval Alpinist CLX||$13,750|
|Specialized Aethos Pro||FACT 10r carbon||SRAM Force eTap AXS||Roval Alpinist CL||$8,700|
|Specialized Aethos Expert||FACT 10r carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)||Roval C38||$8,000|
|Specialized Aethos Comp||FACT 10r carbon||SRAM Rival eTap AXS||DT Swiss R470||$5,200|
Specialized Aethos vs others
Cannondale Supersix EVO
The Cannondale SuperSix EVO is an all-rounder race bike.
For years, the Cannondale SuperSix EVO been known for being light, fast, and stiff on the climbs. At one point, many weight weenies were building sub-6kg bikes with the Cannondale SuperSix EVO.
In 2023, Cannondale launched the ultra-premium LAB71 version featuring their latest Series 0 (LAB71) carbon, taking over from the Hi-MOD version as the top-of-the-line offering. Three carbon grades are now used for the SuperSix EVO; BallisTec LAB71, BallisTec Hi-MOD, and BallisTec.
All Cannondale SuperSix EVO models are now electronic shifting and disc brake only. The flagship LAB71 models are equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 only.
|Model||Frame material||Groupset||Wheelset||Retail price (USD)|
|Cannondale SuperSix EVO LAB71||LAB71 (Series 0) carbon||Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (R9200)||HollowGram R-SL 50||$15,000|
|Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD 1||Hi-MOD carbon||SRAM Red eTap AXS||HollowGram R-SL 50||$13,050|
|Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD 2||Hi-MOD carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)||HollowGram R-SL 50||$8,300|
|Cannondale SuperSix EVO 1||Carbon||SRAM Force eTap AXS||HollowGram R-S 50||$6,500|
|Cannondale SuperSix EVO 2||Carbon||Shimano Ultegra Di2 (R8100)||HollowGram R 45||$5,500|
|Cannondale SuperSix EVO 3||Carbon||Shimano 105 Di2 (R7100)||DT Swiss R470||$4,500|
Cannondale SuperSix Evo vs others
Specialized vs Cannondale carbon fiber
Specialized FACT Carbon
Specialized FACT (Functional Advanced Composite Technology) is an advanced carbon fiber technology used in high-performance Specialized bicycles. It offers a lightweight yet strong frame construction with precise carbon layup, resulting in optimal strength-to-weight ratio and improved ride quality.
FACT carbon frames are engineered to efficiently transfer power, absorb road vibrations, and provide a comfortable riding experience. With continuous innovation and refinement, FACT Carbon demonstrates Specialized’s commitment to delivering top-notch performance and enhancing the overall cycling experience.
The carbon is available in three grades. The choice between FACT 12r, 11r, or 10r carbon depends on the bike model, your preferences, riding style, and budget.
- Specialized FACT 12r Carbon is the highest-grade carbon used by Specialized. Bikes (S-Works models) with frames made from FACT 12r carbon are the lightest and stiffest in the Specialized line-up. These frames are manufactured using the most advanced techniques and materials.
- Specialized FACT 11r Carbon used to be the highest-grade carbon until the S-Works Tarmac (SL5). Today, it’s the highest-grade carbon for the S-Works Roubaix.
- Specialized FACT 10r Carbon is two steps below 12r in the Specialized carbon hierarchy. While it doesn’t provide quite the same level of weight savings and stiffness as 12r, 10r frames are still very light and stiff, providing a high level of performance. FACT 10r carbon is used in all non S-Works models and is ideal for riders who want a balance of performance and value.
Cannondale BallisTec Carbon
Cannondale BallisTec is a proprietary carbon fiber construction technique used to manufacture Cannondale bicycle frames.
The BallisTec carbon technology utilizes advanced engineering and construction methods to create frames that balance strength, stiffness, and weight. It involves the precise layering and placement of carbon fiber sheets, which are impregnated with epoxy resin and then molded under high pressure and temperature.
The BallisTec carbon is available in three grades.
- BallisTec LAB71 is Cannondale’s latest advancement in carbon construction. Also known as the Series 0 carbon, LAB71 is designed to be the lightest and most advanced, taking over from the Hi-MOD carbon. LAB71 frameset delivers exceptional performance, weight reduction, and overall ride quality.
- BallisTec Hi-MOD stands for High-Modulus, which refers to using high-modulus carbon fibers in the frame. This results in a stiffer and lighter structure, providing enhanced power transfer and a more responsive ride feel. Hi-MOD carbon frames are designed for riders who prioritize performance, stiffness, and weight savings.
- BallisTec is the standard carbon in Cannondale’s frames, which offers a balance of weight, stiffness, and durability at more affordable prices.
Frameset technologies and innovations
Specialized Aethos and Cannondale Supersix EVO framesets incorporate advanced technologies to enhance their bikes’ performance and ride characteristics.
Here’s an overview of the technologies used in each bike model.
|FACT carbon||Functional Advanced Composite Technology (FACT). A carbon fiber construction method that balances lightweight, stiffness, and compliance in Specialized bike frames. |
Available in two carbon grades; FACT 12r and 10r. A higher number indicates a higher grade of carbon.
S-Works models use the FACT 12r carbon and Specialized Pro and Expert models use the FACT 10r carbon.
|Rider-First Engineered™||Rider-First Engineered™ is a design philosophy used by Specialized that ensures every frame size delivers the same predictable and responsive ride characteristics. This concept was first introduced with the 2015 Tarmac, and the idea has been incorporated into all models since.|
Instead of simply scaling frame sizes, Specialized takes into account that riders of different sizes have different weights, which are distributed differently. This means that each frame size experiences different forces. Therefore, each frame size is engineered independently with different carbon layups and tube dimensions, ensuring the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness for each size.
In short, no matter what the frame size is, the ride quality and performance remain consistently excellent.
|Win Tunnel||Specialized utilizes advanced tools and technologies to pursue aerodynamic excellence, such as the Win Tunnel, FreeFoil Shape Library, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and Data Acquisition (DAQ) system.|
The goal is to optimize aerodynamic performance by conducting wind tunnel tests, developing new airfoil shapes, simulating fluid flow, and collecting real-world data to improve rider position and enhance overall performance.
Cannondale Supersix EVO
|BallisTec carbon construction||A proprietary manufacturing technology that uses meticulously woven carbon fiber material to create strong and lightweight bike frames. The goal is to maximize the stiffness-to-weight ratio, providing riders with a responsive and efficient ride experience.|
Available in three grades; BallisTec LAB71, BallisTec Hi-MOD, and BallisTec.
|Delta steerer||A unique steerer tube design for seamless cable integration to, reduce frontal area and drag.|
|Bottle integration||Integrated bottle cages and bottles designed for improved aerodynamics and streamlining.|
Where to buy
- Specialized online shops. Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States
- Specialized retailers. Use this tool to find your nearest Specialized retailers.
- Cannondale retailers. Use this tool to find your nearest Cannondale retailers.