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I recently bought a 2014 Supersix Evo Red, at a great price. A little buyer's remorse about the sizing, but the shop is totally cool and actually giving me two options... Either they can order another identical bike in my preferred size, or for an additional $750, they will strip the frameset and build up an SL4 S-Works frameset they have, also in my preferred size.

My knee-jerk reaction, and I'm sure that of many others is to take the S-Works. While the debate between a Supersix Evo Hi-Mod and an S-Works will be more about which ride quality you prefer, one naturally would take one of those models over a lower-end non hi-mod frame. Particularly when the extra money isn't that much. But after doing the math, I'm actually on the fence.

From what I've read and people I've spoken to, the SL4 and the S-Works differ more in ride quality than they do in weight (something in the neighborhood of 100g). On the other hand, the Supersix Evo ballistic and the ballistic hi-mod ride identically, according to everyone I've spoken to, and the main difference between the two is just the weight. So here's where it gets interesting to me... We weighed the proposed S-Works SL4 at 920g. The non-hi-mod Evo is claimed to be 950g. Assuming that's accurate, the base Evo is basically the same weight as the S-Works. If that's the case, and the base ballistic and hi-mod Evos ride identically... Then comparing the S-works with the base Evo is actually a matter of taste, and one isn't necessarily getting "more bike" in the S-works.

As far as my experience between the two... Well, I've ridden the Evo ballistic and I've ridden the standard SL4, but not the S-Works. Between the Evo and the SL4, I could go either way. I suspect that the Tarmac's extra .8cm of top tube fits me slightly better than the Evo. But the Evo certainly fits too, and I really appreciate the creamy nature of the bike. But I also like how responsive the SL4 is.

Honestly, I'd be very happy on either. I've ridden a lot of bikes, and these two frames are some of the nicest I've sat on. I've thoroughly enjoyed my test rides. The $750 gamble is if the slightly different ride quality of the S-Works versus the SL4 would be enough to tip it into the stand-out preferred frame for me.

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