Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pro Bike: Simon Clarke's Super Six Evo

   Cannondale's pro road team has had a challenging couple years. The combination of a young roster and losing some talent meant they weren't finishing at the top of the peleton in the big races . They appear to be poised to be more competitive for the 2016 season, evident in this letter written by manager Jonathan Vaughters. One of the leaders on the team is Simon Clarke, a recent addition formerly of GreenEdge.

Simon Clarke

   He is everything you want in a leader, handsome, strong rider, awesome bike. Bike Radar did a great article on Simon Clarke's sweet Super Six Evo:

Cannondale Super Six Evo Hi-Mod

   It's interesting to see how a pro sets up his bike. He's got a mix of parts, allowed since C-dale apparently doesn't have a sponsor restricting what they can use. He's running Shimano Di2 group, and some sweet Cannondale Hollowgram cranks.

Hollowgram crank

   It's amazing the gears the pros can turn. He's running a 53/39 chainring set up and an 11/25 cassette. This is so manly I think I have to go punch a bear. I run a 50/43 chainrings and 11/28, a mockery of fitness in comparison.
   He has done something that I think is really cool - put a satellite shifter on the flats of his bars so he can shift the rear derailleur from the comfort of the upright position. I'd only ever heard of multiple shifting buttons being used on tri bikes.

Shifters all over the place

   Thanks to Bike Radar and Cycling News for the great article and pics. 

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