wingguy wrote:And yet they win major media 'best bike' awards year after year after year...
The Evo is a very good bike for what it is. But that still doesn't deal with the issue that Cannondale has a large gap in their road bike lineup, one in which they have been lagging other competitors; i.e. aero road frame. Trek, Specialized, Cervelo, Felt, Canyon...etc. all have had an aero road frame for some time. This isn't a thread about Cannondale not winning bike awards for the Evo. However, it is going to take Cannondale some time to claw their way up in that market to get market share. Enter Damon Rinard.
I am not coming to this discussion as some Cannondale hater, rather I have owned many Cannonade's over the years; R5000, SystemSix Hi-Mod, Six13, SuperSix Hi-Mod, Evo Hi-Mod, CAAD 9 and a CAAD 10. The SystemSix Hi-Mod and CAAD 10 are the only Cannondale frames that I still own, with the SystemSix Hi-Mod being my favorite Cannondale frame of all time and in my opinion their best road frame that they have ever made. Yes, even better than the Evo and part of the reason I no longer own the Evo.
Again, with the Evo, Synapse and CAAD12, Cannondale has a big gap in their road bike lineup that is missing and that needs to get filled if they want to keep competing with the Trek/Felt/Cervelo/Specialized/Canyon's of this world in regards to aero road frames. That is a market that Cannondale has zero offerings in, however those other companies have an Evo and a Synapse competitor.
wingguy wrote:And the Slice isn't outdated (for one thing it's brand new), they've just used a different set of design priorities to everyone else. There's nothing else out there like it.
Yes, the current Slice is outdated even before arrival. Especially when you consider what the current super bikes (generation 4) are offering in terms of design and features. But that is a discussion for another day as this thread is about a potential Cannondale aero road frame.
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