Cannondale launched in 1971 with one purpose in mind: to bring much-needed innovation to the cycling world. While other brands were using the likes of cast iron or steel, the Connecticut-based firm pushed forward with aluminum and carbon fiber, yielding significant on-field results.
The brand has continued to innovate over the past 50-plus years and has now introduced its new skunkworks division called LAB71, and with it, a new version of its flagship SuperSix EVO. Along with two Hi-MOD versions of the fourth-generation road race bike, Cannondale has introduced the super high-end LAB71 edition to level up the competition once again.
Aside from being priced at a double-take-worthy $15,000, the SuperSix EVO LAB71 is altogether its lightest and fastest yet, largely due to the new Series 0 Carbon frameset which weighs about 1.7lbs. And while that’s still about 0.05lbs heavier than the limited-to-200 Leichtbau frame from last year (we’re really splitting hairs, aren’t we?), the Series 0 benefits from being paired with a bike that can do much more. Along with its integrated aerodynamics, the Dura-Ace Di2 electronic 12-speed drivetrain pairs with a new HollowGram 50 R-SL carbon wheelset and SystemBar R-One carbon bar and stem design.
While the new SuperSix EVO LAB 71 frameset is priced at $6,000 by itself, the full bicycle costs $15,000 on Cannondale’s website.