Professional Bike: Tejay Van Garderen and Neilson Powless’ EF Professional Biking’s Cannondale SuperSix EVO
EF Professional Biking’s Neilson Powless has already made fairly the impression in his debut Tour de France.
The 24-year-old American made it into the breakaway on stage six, ultimately ending fourth. Two days later, because the race hit the Pyrenees, he was concerned within the day’s break once more, this time recording fifth. The publicity Powless is receiving has put his crew and their Cannondale machines firmly within the highlight.
The bicycle in query is the revamped EF Professional Biking Cannondale SuperSix EVO, ridden impressively by each Powless and veteran of ten and counting Excursions de France, Tejay Van Garderen.
In contrast to the earlier version’s muted colors, this yr’s mannequin is difficult to overlook. The blue and pink shade scheme matches the crew’s distinctive Rapha package; the stunning pink striped accents run alongside the highest, seat and head tube, accentuating the body’s tubing. For those who imagine the satan is within the particulars, the customized pink rear derailleur hangar is a pleasant addition, too.
The body itself obtained some main updates in 2019. It’s now stiffer, extra aerodynamic and lighter – 866g listed weight for a 55cm body.
It additionally seems to be cleaner, aided immeasurably by the Imaginative and prescient Metron 5D handlebar and the shortage of cables, which handily additionally enhance its aero properties. This built-in cockpit once more retains cables hidden and the crew favour it for its spectacular rigidity. In earlier races Van Garderen has been recognized to make use of a extra conventional FSA Okay-force bar and stem.
Watching Powless and Van Garderen you’ll additionally discover they’re driving disc variations of each the SuperSix EVO and the SystemSix; EF use Cannondale’s super-aero mannequin on the flatter phases.
Apparently the most recent incarnation of the SuperSix EVO with its Hello-Mod carbon layup isn’t accessible as a rim-brake possibility. When crew chief Rigoberto Uran opted for rim brakes throughout the 2019 season he had to make use of the usual carbon body as a substitute. However with the disc brake model in a position to get near the UCI’s 6.8kg weight restrict, it’s turning into a moot level.
Each Powless and Van Garderen are robust climbers. To assist them up the steep stuff on this yr’s Tour, they’re utilizing Cannondale’s featherweight SiSL2 crankset paired with FSA chainrings. Collectively it makes for an extremely gentle sub-500g chainset. The groupset is rounded out utilizing Shimano’s tried-and-tested Dura Ace Di2.
Different notably svelte elements embody Imaginative and prescient’s Metron wheels. The crew use the SL Disc TL hoops, which characteristic an aero-focused rim accessible in 30mm, 40mm, 51mm and 81mm depth. Imaginative and prescient declare that these up to date wheels with their wider rim profile are higher suited to right this moment’s fashionable race tire sizes. Within the case of Powless and Van Garderen these tyres are Vittoria Corsa G2.0.