I’m a big fan of a good value when it comes to bikes. And, when it comes to value in a cyclocross bike, it’s hard to overlook the Cannondale SuperX with SRAM Rival Disc. SRAM has really stepped up their Rival 22 kit and adding HydroR to the mix makes things even better.
The foundation is a 1500 gram frame/fork built from Cannondale’s proprietary BallisTec carbon fiber. And, the chain and seat stays both feature SPEED SAVE shapes to maximize lateral stiffness while taking the edge off of the rough stuff. Axles are standard QR’s front and rear for easy compatibility with your existing fleet of wheels. But, thru axles are becoming more and more common for cross bikes.
While the SuperX is built as a cyclocross performer, it’s still capable enough for grinding out your local dirt roads and occasional singletrack duty.
The spec is great, with the exception of the FSA crankset. It’s not a huge deal, but I’d rather see the full Rival kit deployed here instead of a hodge-podge offering. Regardless, the Rival-flavored SuperX gets high marks for value.
As is requisite, the cable routing makes shouldering as comfortable as can be with a little notch at the top tube/seat tube junction to further aid in hauling it up stairs or steep, muddy sections. And, all cables are external for easier trailside maintenance.
Overall this is a great bike with a durable parts spec that can be upgraded over time.
SuperX Rival Disc Features:
- 1500 gram frame/fork
- Utilizes durable BallisTec carbon fiber and SPEED SAVE stays
- SRAM Rival 22 HRD discs and drivetrain
- Standard QR axles front and rear
- Cannondale alloy cockpit
- Workhorse wheelset with Formula hubs and Maddux rims
- Price: $2710
The Bottom Line
Tons of value and still plenty of chutzpah to tackle any cyclocross course or gravel adventure you can dish out.