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The classic Cannondale SuperSix - Moser's 2013 Cannondale SuperSix Tour de France bike

Back when dropped seat stays weren't a thing and you could do proper aero tucks without the UCI making a fuss

For tonight's Bike at Bedtime, we're casting our minds back to when the Cannondale SuperSix hadn't yet been touched by the aero gains brush. The tubes were round, the seat stays undropped and the cable routing was...wait for it...external!

It's a bike that we absolutely loved and in a world of road bikes were all front ends are integrated and every tube is aero-optimised, the old SuperSix has become even more of a stunner.

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This bike in particular belonged to Moreno Moser. He retired in 2019, citing an inability to sustain the high-level needed to race at the World Tour level. But back in his Liquigas days, the nephew of former world champion Francesco Moser was a key domestique for an up and coming Peter Sagan.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  08

Moser also has some respectable results, winning the Tour of Poland in 2012 and netting two editions of the Trofeo Laigueglia. While he got close on multiple occasions, he never managed to bag a Grand Tour stage win, but he certainly helped the young Sagan to a few big wins.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  09

His SuperSix was a road racer's dream back in 2013 and the bike features a SRAM Red 22 groupset, with the DoubleTap levers shifting the Italian's classic chainring and cassette setup.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  14

The wheels were Vision's Metron 55 and these carbon tubular wheels were wrapped in Kenda tyres. In 2013 road tubeless was still in its infancy and the whole peloton whould still have been glued to their tubulars. Prising them away from tubs over the next few years would prove more difficult than removing a well-glued Continental Sprinter.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  12

Liquigas-Cannondale were sponsored by Fizik and as a result, you'll find the brand's popular Arione saddle perched atop the carbon FSA seat post.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  05

FSA also supplied the one-piece bar/stem and with the length of that stem combined with the SuperSix's geometry, that's one stretched out position that Moser was riding.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  10

The power meter of choice for a pro rider was still an SRM and the German brand's spider-based power meter was mounted to Cannondale's SiSL2 cranks.

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SpeedPlay pedals hadn't even heard of Wahoo (probably) at this point and their un-aero, dual-sided pedals were very popular.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  06

The SuperSix's cable routing of the rear brake might have looked nice on the design drawings, but in reality is was a bit annoying. If you didn't get the housing length right, the internal furrel edge would cause the housing to crimp inside, ruining the brake feel at the lever.

Liquigas Cannondale - Moser's Cannondale SuperSix Evo SL  02

I spent many hours swearing at Cannondale as I tried to route the cable inner through that top tube to an impossibly small hole at the other end and you can see the Liquigas team mechanics' efforts to prevent the issue in the piece of flexible housing where the cable enters the frame.

When the cables were running smoothly, though, the Sram Red rim brakes were really good. And the externally routed gear cables made that bit of bike maintenance very easy.

What would you like to see come back to modern road bikes from the likes of the old SuperSix? Let us know down below.

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lesterama | 2 years ago

The angles are perfect. The graphics are painful. I would strip the paint back to raw carbon.

Poptart242 | 2 years ago

Bought another after selling and regretting. Not making that mistake twice! Still my all time favourite bike to ride.

Alessandro replied to Poptart242 | 2 years ago

Love that paintjob. Was that done as a custom bit of work?

Poptart242 replied to Alessandro | 2 years ago

It's custom aye - the previous owner did a great job on it - retro branding on the DT, nothing else. Totally agree on the comments about the stock paintjobs being way too busy.

Velophaart_95 | 2 years ago

Yeah, that's what a road race bike should look like - and I'm very much pro disc brakes. But my perfect summer/nice weather bike would be like that.

A simple classic design, what's not to like? I've got that very FSA seatpost.......

Nixster | 2 years ago

I owned the version before this and the version after.  Great bikes, particularly the Evo, light, snappy and acceptably comfortable.  Got mine under 6kg.

The rear brake routing was however stupid, even if you had the brakes the right way round.  Made a vaccuum cleaner an essential workshop tool to get the cables through.

I have deeply regretted selling it more than once!

Miller | 2 years ago
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Hideously loud graphics and a dated frame even in 2013, how is this beautiful? Not doing it for me at all.

Alessandro | 2 years ago

A (nearly) horizontal top tube and two perfect triangles in the frame make this such a beauty. Even the graphics have aged well which can't be said from many bikes of the same era. I think the only thing that lets this one down specifically is the handlebars but that's easily rectified. 

A proud owner of the 2015 version. 

capedcrusader | 2 years ago

It's music to the eyes, manna for the ears,  a sight for hungry mouths. Discombobulatingly beautiful.

PRSboy | 2 years ago
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Just a very cool bike, simple, elegant and effective. I've not ridden one but I read that the geometry gives great handling. 

Dogma 65.1 also a hero bike from the era. Would love to own one at some point. 

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