Cannondale SuperX

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18, 18.6, 18.9, 19.8 lbs
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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.

Bottom line

The Cannondale SuperX has the potential to be your all-around race bike for cyclocross or gravel. Both Ted King and Katie Keough rode the Cannondale SuperX to victory, in the 2018 Dirty Kanza 200. The wide bottom bracket, long front end, short rear end and durable carbon frame provide stability and traction on tight technical courses or loose gravel roads. The smooth tubing and D-shaped frame allow riders to shoulder their bike over obstacles or through mud. Keeping up on road rides and commuting can be done with the Cannondale SuperX off course. This versatile bike is a durable and stable ride. The asymmetric rear end does make it difficult to upgrade their wheels, but overall the bike is great option for racers and commuters alike.

Expert Reviews

86/100 based on 2 expert reviews
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BikeRadar
Level 5 expert

Cannondale SuperX Apex 1 Review

Level 5 expert

Since its release around two years ago, the current incarnation of the Cannondale SuperX has continued the competitive success of its predecessor by being perfectly equipped for the demands of modern cyclocross.

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CyclingTips
Level 3 expert

Cannondale SuperX Force 1 SE Gravel Bike Review

Level 3 expert

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.

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Troubadour Juggernaut
Level 1 expert

Cannondale Super X Cyclocross Race Bike

Level 1 expert

Amazing, amazing, bike. It’s one of the best bikes you can ever buy because it’s got the slightly beefier tire rims. Front end bottom brackets takes just a beating anywhere you want to drive this.

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Bikerumor
Level 3 expert

Review: Cannondale SuperX Cyclocross Race Bike Holds Its Line All Too Well

Level 3 expert

I’d sum the Cannondale SuperX up as a light, capable race bike that excels on fast courses and could easily double as your year-round gravel bike.

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Bicycling
Level 5 expert

Cannondale’s SuperX Force 1 ’Cross Bike Has Nothing to Prove

Level 5 expert

The Takeaway: The SuperX Force 1 has been and continues to be a great cyclocross bike, and Cannondale has wisely chosen not to mess with a good thing.

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