PRIMERA TEAM VERDICT:
The Cannondale 'Synapse' name has been around since before time but every year it seems it's ahead of its time. 2018 has seen a full redesign and a large modernisation across the range. The alloy models have a new geometry set up and an improved frame design, the carbon models once again feature new higher modular carbon constructions. Some of the disc models have taken a step up with bolt thru systems and new handlebar and stem combo's whilst others have had fork redesigns with quick and easy QR systems.
We've all riden the Synapse here at Primera and can confirm that this is one of the best in class at providing a lightweight, high spec'd endurance road bike, capable of pushing out a high speed with little effort.
Light, smooth, fast and elegantly designed. The all-new Synapse is the ultimate machine for full-gas, full-day exploits.
950g Frame - When its just not for the sake of saving grams - in other words, when it's combined with racey snap and sublime feel - there’s just no substitute for light weight. 950 grams for a frame like this? Believe it.
Race Level Stiffness - An asymmetrically designed frame and fork balance pedalling and disc loads to deliver world tour sprinter level stiffness. Get ready to lay down power and rail corners like you wouldn’t believe.
Save Post – The 25.4mm SAVE post and integrated seat binder work with the rest of the SAVE system to enhance comfort and reduce fatigue.
Save Micro-Suspension – Engineered to tune the harshness out of the choppy road surfaces, and tune you in to what’s happening at your tires’ contact patches, so that you can concentrate on the important stuff – like nailing the right line or beating the sun home.
Endurance Race Geometry – Strikes the perfect performance balance between full race aggression and the relaxed upright comfort of other “endurance” rigs.
Fender Up – Hidden mounts and a removable seat stay bridge ensure that the Synapse is fully fender ready for long days with no spray.
Room for 32 – Embrace the backroads, the rough roads, the highways and the byways. With room in the front and rear for tires as big as 32mm (measured/actual) and SAVE Micro-Suspension, Synapse is ready for any road, anywhere.
Thru Axles – Front and rear might seem like cost-of-entry these days, but often they’re overkill. But ride this bike like intended to be ridden and overkill, they not.
RIDER POSITION / BIKE GEOMETRY - Performance focused, but slightly more upright for comfort. Perfect for long days in the saddle and confident handling on all road surfaces.
- Tech Specs
Frame NEW Synapse Disc, BallisTec Carbon, Di2 ready, SAVE PLUS, BB30a, flat mount, 12mm thru axle Fork NEW Synapse Disc Asymmetric, SAVE PLUS, BallisTec Carbon, integrated crown race, size-specific design 44-48: 1 1/8" steerer, 60mm rake 51-54: 1-1/8" - 1-1/4" tapered steerer, 55mm rake 56-61: 1-1/8" - 1-3/8" tapered steerer, 45mm rake Headset Synapse Si, 25mm carbon top cap Stem Cannondale C2, 7050 Alloy, 31.8, 6 deg. Handlebars Cannondale C2 Compact, butted 2014 Alloy Tape Cannondale Grip Bar Tape w/Gel, 3.5mm Front Brake Shimano Ultegra R8070 hydro disc, flat mount, 160/160mm Rear Brake Shimano Ultegra R8070 hydro disc, flat mount, 160/160mm Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8070 hydro disc Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8050, braze-on Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8050 GS Shifters Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8070 hydro disc Bottom Bracket FSA BB30 Bearings Cassette Shimano Ultegra R8000, 11-32, 11-speed Chain Shimano HG601, 11-speed Crankset Cannondale Si, BB30a, w/ FSA rings, 50/34 Front Wheel Mavic Aksium Disc, Centerlock, 100x12mm front, 142x12mm rear Rear Wheel Mavic Aksium Disc, Centerlock, 100x12mm front, 142x12mm rear Front Tyre Schwalbe Lugano, Folding, 700x28c (CE- Mavic Yksion Elite, Folding, 700x28c) Rear Tyre Schwalbe Lugano, Folding, 700x28c (CE- Mavic Yksion Elite, Folding, 700x28c) Saddle Selle Royal Seta S1 Seatpost Cannondale C2, UD Carbon, 25.4x350mm (48-56) 400mm (58-61)
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