What started with a single pro racing bike in 2012—the Cannondale Black Inc. SuperSix Evo pro—has grown into a line of nine ultra-luxe, top-of-the-line bicycles, and counting.
As Cannondale’s premiere “halo bike”—what we in the cycling industry have dubbed the absolute highest-end bicycles on the market—the SuperSix Evo delivered an expertly curated bike, straight off the racks. (Sure, choosy riders don’t get to play with customization, but with a huge R&D budget dedicated to selecting the very best components, Cannondale’s Black Inc. made it so they didn’t have to.) While other cycling brands also offer their own top-of-the-line models, averaging anywhere between $10,00 and $20,000, Cannondale has taken a unique step by applying the halo treatment to each of the company’s flagship bikes.
Over the past three years, riders have seen the carbon road bike SuperSix Evo ($11,920), aluminum road bike CAAD 10 ($4,330), endurance road Synapse ($9,210), XC full suspension Scalpel 29 (11,920), race hardtail F-Si ($11,370), and the tri/time trial Slice ($10,830), all decked in the choicest equipment. No other company is specking a stock bike with the same bells and whistles—think: single-piece forged aluminum chain rings, ENVE carbon rims laced up to Chris King hubs, or hydraulic disc breaks on an aggressive aluminum frame. And, perhaps more importantly, no other company is taking the treatment beyond their racing bikes.
This year, the line becomes even more comprehensive with three new additions, including the first-ever Black Inc. bikes for women riders—the recalibrated SuperSix Evo ($8,120) and the Synapse ($7,580)—and the Trigger, their high-end all-mountain bike ($10,830). If ease is the ultimate luxury, riders can rest assured that Black Inc. offers the absolute best of the best in every category.
Dave Vollbach is a manager at Bicycle Habitat’s Flagship Soho location, and an avid cycling advocate, competitor, and daily commuter. He is has been riding and racing bikes since he can remember.