The new Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 will be offered in three different frameset options, according to the UCI’s list of approved framesets.
The recently updated list also confirms the imminent arrival of Canyon’s new track bike and details two new bikes from Elves and Gusto.
The list provides eagle-eyed tech editors with a glimpse of what’s to come prior to an official product launch, and that’s the case once again here.
Three spec options for the new Cannondale SuperSix Evo
The UCI-approved frameset list shows the as-of-yet unreleased new Cannondale SuperSix Evo will be offered in three frameset options:
- Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4
- Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 SL
- Cannondale SuperSix 4 Hi-Mod
The current generation SuperSix is offered in Carbon and Hi-Mod options. The Hi-Mod version uses Cannondale’s lightest and stiffest top-spec carbon layup.
(A limited-edition lightweight version of the SuperSix Evo was also released in 2022, though this arguably sits outside of the usual range given its limited availability.)
The addition of a new mid-tier SL option presents a new move for Cannondale.
A new mid-range bike may feature increased integration or other features absent from the base-level bike, or it may use a lighter layup.
That said, it’s also possible the Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 SL will take the place of the existing Hi-Mod, with the new top-tier frame existing under the mysterious ‘Lab71’ moniker.
Rumored to be a nod towards Cannondale’s heritage (the brand was founded in 1971), a new sign-up page for Lab71 suggests it will be a new premium range, offering “Cannondale’s best, done better”.
Outside of new frame spec options, spy shots have shown the new Cannondale SuperSix Evo 4 will feature a threaded bottom bracket, aero tweaks and increased tire clearance.
What is the UCI-approved list?
All road and track bikes used in UCI-sanctioned races must be approved by the governing body.
The UCI maintains a list of approved framesets (as well as separate lists covering wheels and other equipment), which is regularly updated.
Outside of mainstream brands, the list also provides insight into smaller companies investing in pro racing.
Canyon Speedmax Track
To nobody’s surprise, the new Canyon Speedmax Track is now on the list.
Developed as part of a new technical partnership with USA Cycling, the Speedmax Track debuted at the 2022 UCI Track World Championships in October.
The bike draws some inspiration from the road-going Speedmax time trial bike, but features a wild rear end with paper-thin seat stays and an unusual seat cluster.
A spokesperson for Canyon confirmed the bike would launch officially in 2023, and its appearance on the list suggests further details should be imminent. Watch this space.
Gusto Duro Evo
Gusto is a Taiwanese brand that sponsors Slovenian UCI Continental team, Ljubljana Gusto Santic.
From 2017 to 2018, the squad included none other than 2020 and 2021 Tour de France champion, Tadej Pogačar.
No details have been published about the new Gusto Duro Evo, but the 2022 model features a classic silhouette, with a humped top tube and, unusually for a modern-day road bike, it appears to only be available with rim brakes.
#savetherimbrake diehards rejoice, though surely the updated bike will make a move to disc brakes?
Elves Falath Evo
Elves is a Chinese direct-to-consumer brand that offers a wide range of customizable road and mountain bike frames.
The Elves Falath Evo is a new aero road bike with a one-piece cockpit, clearance for up to 32mm tires and a claimed weight of 1,080g for a size 46cm unpainted frame.
The frameset is also keenly priced at £1,210 (international pricing TBC).
Notably, a custom paint job will set you back a modest £144.
Interest has grown in Elves in recent years, with distributors in the UK, USA/Canada and Japan.