What’s new and interesting from Scott and Cannondale...
For 2016 Scott’s most exciting road bike is the new Foil, the old Foil was a great bike that ticked all the boxes, incredibly aero and light, the only weak point was the very rare complaint of a slightly harsh ride. Over the last few years aero bikes have become even more extreme, trickle down technology from time-trial and triathlon bikes has led to hidden brakes, integrated stems and deep section carbon wheels.
The new foil is far more extreme to look at than the old but we think they’ve got it right, it’s one of the best looking bikes to be released next year.
The foil is now stiffer, comfier and substantially more aero than its predecessor.
The colour schemes are a huge improvement and are sure to keep the masses happy, a stealthy base with bold flouro graphics is bang up to date.
Scott have now added a disc brake version of their awe inspiring featherweight the Addict, this has the same superb performance as before with the added bonus of predictable and powerful braking in all conditions.
Discs aren’t currently legal in road races but they’re soon to be reviewed, once they’re been given the green light we should see a flood of high performance disc machines.
2016 sees the introduction of a new cyclocross range and the unusual Addict gravel bike, the gravel bike is inspired by the US gravel racing scene, with a lower BB and longer wheel base than a CX bike these beauties are perfect for ripping up long gravel trails.
The CX bikes start with the range topping HMX Addict CX 10 disc, this bad boy comes complete with the SRAM CX1 single ring groupset. With a similar colour way to the Foil we’re sure this bike will be a big hit and we expect them to be at the sharp end of races all around the UK.
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The boffins at Cannondale have had a very busy year, they’ve managed to better the seemingly unbeatable Caad 10, they’ve skipped the 11 and have gone straight to the Caad 12.
Lighter, comfier and stiffer and with a huge range encompassing SRAM, Shimano disc and caliper brakes Cannondale have shown that aluminium is alive and well with the Caad 12.
The range topping Dura Ace disc version is an eye catching bright yellow colour and weighs around 7kg, with a 25.4 seatpost ride comfort is enhanced, the new for 2016 hollowgram cranks provide a fantastic platform to get the power down. Unusually the disc version actually trumps the standard version in the weight department, we’re expecting quite a few of these bikes to fly out the door this year, with prices increasing from all brands the bang per buck delivered by the Caad 12 will this a smart choice.
The craziest bike next year has to be the Cannondale Slate, another dedicated Gravel Bike.
When it comes to innovation Cannondale are unbeatable and the Slate follows in the footesteps of the Hooligan, the Lefty and the Headshock.
An aluminium frame based on the Synapse, 650b wheels with 42mm tyres (giving the same circumference as 700c with 23mm tyres) a 30mm lefty front fork. This bike is a do it all machine with an aim directly on fast gravel trails, there are three different versions for the US market and they aren’t cheap, innovation comes at a cost. SRAM force, Ultegra and 105 with Cannondale’s own brand finishing kit.
The final new bike is the Supersix Evo that has improved in all areas of performance without any drastic cosmetic changes.
The Evo has been an award winner for the best road bike for the last few years and going forward we expect it to continue this trend, a subtle changing of the bottle positions give significant aero benefits.
The weight of the complete frameset is now down to 1303g which puts in the true weightweenie category.
The tubes now have a slight aero shape, it’s not hugely visible but in the world of marginal gains it all counts.
Comfort has been increased using a similar carbon layup to the synapse, the seatpost has been whittled down to 25.4mm and the new speed save fork gives 21% more compliance up front.
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