Cannondale announce the SystemSix aero bike

Cannondale unveiled the all-new SystemSix aerodynamic road race bike today. Cannondale has not held back with their admiration for the new bike declaring it to be "fastest road bike in the world" for most scenarios. The bike's design integrates the frame (including the use of disc brakes), fork, seatpost, bar, stem, and wheels to work as a system to defeat air resistance. Take a look at the press release below for more information.

Press release: Cannondale SystemSix


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Cannondale today announced the launch of its newest road bike, the SystemSix. Designed as a complete speed system, this race-bred machine is the lowest-drag, most efficient, all-around fastest UCI-legal road bike on the market today. Not only the fastest in the wind-tunnel, not only the fastest for a select few riders in a select few scenarios, but the SystemSix is the fastest road bike for anyone interested in going faster anywhere.

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“SystemSix is the result of a ground up design where each element is optimized in pursuit of speed,” said Nathan Barry, Cannondale Design Engineer. “Aerodynamic drag is the single greatest resistive force that riders have to overcome so it is important to everyone, not just racers. SystemSix delivers more speed, to more riders, more of the time.”

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Downtube and seat tube shapes minimize the aero effect of bottles, because that’s how we ride. And multi-option mounts let you choose maximum aerodynamics or maximum hydration.

The SystemSix is built on a six-part foundation – frame, fork, seatpost, bar, stem and wheels that all work together as a system. The disc-brake only design freed SystemSix from the constraints imposed by rim brakes, allowing engineers to achieve new levels of drag-reducing integration between the frame, fork and wheels. Precisely truncated airfoil profiles in the frame, fork and seatpost maintain airflow attachment across important yaw angles and minimize drag, while delivering world-class stiffness and ride feel.

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Completing the system are Cannondale’s new HollowGram KNØT64 wheels and KNØT SystemBar. The HollowGram KNØT64 wheels are engineered to combine the comfort and feel of larger volume tires with the aerodynamic efficiency of the fastest wheelsets in the world, while the KNØT SystemBar provides the low drag and sleek look of a one-piece bar and stem, with the adjustability and convenience of a two-piece system. With a full 8° of pitch adjust, as well as the ability to change stem length and bar width, it makes it easy to dial in the perfect position.

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The KNØT SystemBar is a slick bit of speed wizardry, providing the low drag and sleek look of a one-piece bar and stem, with the customizable adjustability of a two-piece system. The carbon bar features a full 8° of pitch adjust, so you can dial in your perfect position. And the rounded truncated airfoil shape of the flat section not only maintains consistent airflow throughout the pitch range, it’s also way comfier on your hands than other bars with sharp trailing edges.

Fast and convenient Speed Release thru-axles and easy-to-service internal cable routing, the SystemSix is a full tilt, fully integrated road racing machine. Riders will climb faster, descend faster, sprint faster and draft easier on the all-new SystemSix.

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In addition to giving the bars a place to perch, the mating System Stem routes brake and Di2 lines cleanly into the headtube via a channel underneath a mechanic-friendly cover. And speaking of mechanic-friendly, shape- matched gated spacers allow you to easily adjust the stem’s stack height, without having to disconnect cables. Fast and easy, just how you like it.



Go Faster. Easier.


SystemSix produces the least aerodynamic drag of any road bike on the market, which is a pretty big deal. Because of all the resistive forces your power has to overcome to make speed, aerodynamic drag is the big dog. Really big. Like, more important in most situations than all the other resistive forces (weight, rolling resistance, bearing friction, etc.) combined. And even in those few scenarios where it’s not THE most important thing, it’s still a really important thing. So cutting drag translates into more speed, with less effort, in all the places you’d expect. And a lot of places you wouldn’t.

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Faster Up.
The SystemSix’s aerodynamic advantage makes it faster than a lightweight climbing bike, such as our gold standard SuperSix EVO, on any climb up to a 6% gradient or more, depending on rider’s power to weight. To put that in perspective, most revered HC climbs in the Tour only average 7-8%.

Faster Down.
Descending a 5% grade at 60 km/h (37 mph), a rider on a modern lightweight race bike, like an EVO, would need to expend over 300 watts to match a rider pedaling at a 200 watt recovery pace on a SystemSix. Meaning SystemSix riders can truly recover while making others suffer.

Faster on the Flats.
Compared to a modern, lightweight race bike like our SuperSix EVO, at 48 km/h (30 mph), SystemSix saves you over 50 watts — huge savings considering an average Cat 1 racer’s Functional Threshold Power is around 350 watts. And even when you’re drafting, you’re still getting up to 60% of that benefit. If you’re not up on watts, trust us, that’s more than enough to notice.

Faster in the sprint.
In a 200m sprint at 60 km/h (37 mph), all other things being equal, SystemSix will beat a modern lightweight race bike, like EVO,
to the line by four full bike lengths. That’s no photo finish.

Everyday faster.
Even at an easy 30 km/h (18 mph) group ride pace, SystemSix requires about 10% less power to maintain speed than a lightweight race bike like SuperSix EVO, leaving you with more in the tank when it’s time to throw down.

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Optimized Against Every Aspect of Drag.


Foiling Drag.
Every section of the frame and fork features tailored airfoil profiles, with differing degrees of truncation designed to maintain flow attachment across important yaw angles to minimize drag.

The Chine.
The unique chine shape at the base of the headtube redirects air flow coming up the back of the fork leg, channeling it downstream. This prevents the fork’s airflow from mixing with the wake
of the head tube and interrupting clean air over the fork crown.

Sleek as Fork.
Freed from the constraints of rim brakes, the fork crown area is radically different from traditional road bikes. Sleekly integrated with the frame for minimal drag. Larger opening for bigger tires and cleaner airflow. Asymmetric legs for handling disc brake loads.

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Geometry


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Models


Note that not all the models and colours below will be available in South Africa.

SystemSix Hi-MOD Dura-Ace Di2

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  • FRAMESETALL-NEW SystemSix, BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon
  • GROUPShimano Dura-Ace Di2 Hydro Disc, 11-Speed
  • WHEELSETCannondale HollowGram KNØT64, Carbon
  • CRANKSETCannondale HollowGram SiSL2 w/ Power2Max NG Eco Powermeter and Vision rings, 52/36
  • COCKPITCannondale KNØT SystemBar, SystemSix Seatpost with Prologo Dimension NACK Saddle
  • COLORJet Black w/ Stealth Gray - Matte/Gloss (BBQ)


SystemSix Hi-MOD Ultegra Di2

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  • FRAMESETALL-NEW SystemSix, BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon
  • GROUPShimano Ultegra Di2 Hydro Disc, 11-Speed
  • WHEELSETCannondale HollowGram KNØT64, Carbon
  • CRANKSETCannondale HollowGram Si w/ Power2Max NG Eco Powermeter and Vision rings, 52/36
  • COCKPITCannondale KNØT SystemBar, SystemSix Seatpost with Prologo Dimension Tirox Saddle
  • COLORBlack Pearl w/ Sage Gray and Volt - Gloss (SGG)


SystemSix Hi-MOD Dura-Ace Women’s

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  • FRAMESETALL-NEW SystemSix, BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon
  • GROUPShimano Dura-Ace Hydro Disc, 11-Speed
  • WHEELSETCannondale HollowGram KNØT64, Carbon
  • CRANKSETCannondale HollowGram Si w/ Power2Max NG Eco Powermeter and Vision rings, 52/36
  • COCKPITVision Metron 4D Flat UD Carbon, SystemSix Seatpost with Fabric Line Shallow Pro Saddle
  • COLORJet Black w/ Acid Strawberry and Stealth Gray - Satin (ASB)


SystemSix Carbon Dura-Ace


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  • FRAMESETALL-NEW SystemSix, BallisTec Carbon
  • GROUPShimano Dura-Ace Hydro Disc, 11-Speed
  • WHEELSETCannondale HollowGram KNØT64, Carbon
  • CRANKSETCannondale HollowGram Si w/ SpideRing, 52/36
  • COCKPITVision Metron 4D Flat UD Carbon, SystemSix Seatpost with Prologo Dimension Tirox Saddle
  • COLORVolt w/ Jet Black - Gloss (VLT) or Sealth Gray w/ Jet Black and Graphite - Gloss (SGY)


SystemSix Carbon Ultegra


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  • FRAMESETALL-NEW SystemSix, BallisTec Carbon
  • GROUPShimano Ultegra Hydro Disc, 11-Speed
  • WHEELSETFulcrum Racing 400 DB
  • CRANKSETCannondale HollowGram Si w/ SpideRing, 52/36
  • COCKPITVision Metron 4D Flat UD Carbon, SystemSix Seatpost with Prologo Dimension Tirox Saddle
  • COLORVulcan w/ Green Clay and Volt - Gloss (VUG) or Black Pearl w/ Acid Red and Meteor Gray - Gloss (ARD)




11 Comments

Stiggy, Jul 02 2018 03:42

I wonder what the pricing will be?

shaper, Jul 02 2018 04:15

I expect will be super car prices!

X-Man, Jul 02 2018 08:53

Copy of Venge Vias ? And a bit of Giants Propel?

Eldron, Jul 02 2018 10:07

Holy snarfballs. How much marketing drivel/manipulated facts and TLAs can you engineer into 1 bicycle?

J∆kk∆ls, Jul 03 2018 10:49

Holy snarfballs. How much marketing drivel/manipulated facts and TLAs can you engineer into 1 bicycle?

And for €8000 it is still just a bicycle :P

DieselnDust, Jul 03 2018 11:21

$11,500 for the you of the line bike
$7,500 for the next model down.

rudi-h, Jul 03 2018 12:23

they mention "larger volume tyres"... wish they'd say if its running 25mm or 28mm

Nick, Jul 03 2018 12:29

they mention "larger volume tyres"... wish they'd say if its running 25mm or 28mm

 

The standard bikes are running 23c tyres but apparently measure 26mm wide on the rim. The bike can take up to 30c tyres.

'Dale, Jul 04 2018 11:47

What a brand. 

That fiets looks great. 

Definitely one for the fleet as it won't slow me down on the gradients beyond 6 percent. 

TheJ, Jul 05 2018 09:41

Wow, look how uniquely different all these bikes look! FML. Was there a special on in China for some of their open mold frames?

 

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sergeporter, Oct 21 2019 01:02

talk a about a mean machine!

 

have been a fan since a teenager back when the first cannondale 3.0 came out in SA in 1990's :-) Just a pity they so bloody expensive to get here.