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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cannondale SuperX. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- A BallisTec carbon frame ensures the SuperX withstands rough terrain.
- A short chainstay, bridgeless seatstay and slack front end create excellent tire clearance.
- The SuperX fits 700 x 40c tires, with additional room for mud to clear.
- The long front end increases stability, while riding.
- The short rear end increases traction on steep loose climbs.
- Wide and tubeless tires paired with carbon rims and a wide bottom bracket help riders maneuver the bike accurately.
- Bumps are absorbed by the SuperX’s flattened chainstays, narrow fork legs and voluptuous seatstays, using Speed Save micro-suspension.
- Tracking on tight grassy corners is easy with a short reach on the Cannondale SuperX.
- The moderate stack height makes this bike comfortable on any ride.
- Cannondale offers a women specific version of the SuperX.
- The SuperX fits most riders. Sizes are available for riders 5’0” to 6’4”.
- Shouldering the bike, to run over obstacles, is easy with a smooth D-shaped frame.
- Experts agree that the Cannondale SuperX is versatile. It can be used on road rides or as a commuter bike, in addition to its primary purpose as a cyclocross and gravel machine.
- The reducer in the headtube can be removed, for a front suspension set-up on the Cannondale SuperX.
- The bike can easily transform to a 2x, with proper adjustments.
- The top model of the SuperX comes with SRAM Force eTap AXS, making shifting extremely smooth.
4 reasons not to buy
- The asymmetric rear end makes upgrading the wheels tricky. New wheels must be laced and dished for the bike’s 6mm offset.
- The low bottom bracket decreases pedal clearance.
- One expert found the transfer of shock to one’s body, due to the bike’s stiffness, can be fatiguing on long rides.
- There are no mud guard or rack mounts on the bike.
Expert Reviews85/100 based on 2 expert reviews
Cannondale SuperX Force 1 SE Gravel Bike Review
The SuperX SE has its quirks, but as a bike that’s equipped to win either a ‘cross or gravel race with just a change of tyres, it’s not only a strong option, but one that’s a whole lot less quirky then Cannondale’s existing Slate gravel platform.