The Cannondale Synapse evolves

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

We here at BikeRadar are big fans of the Cannondale Synapse, in fact Senior Tech Editor Warren Rossiter is still riding the 2014 Bike of the Year model on a daily basis with no thoughts as to wanting to change it anytime soon.

However, we do think Cannondale has missed a trick with the new Synapse. At first glance it looks pretty much the same as the 2014 Bike of the Year winning design, but drill down into the details and you’ll see that every shape, surface, and junction is new. It’s evolved, so surely it should be the Synapse Evo.

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Yes, the changes look subtle, but they are plenty significant, not least in the geometry. The existing bike was the basis, but project head, David Devine, tells us: “We worked with the engineers and designers to take the Synapse platform and redefine it as race endurance, so that means we want to retain the character of the Synapse but inject it with more of a racing feel, so it’s got lighter, lower and more responsive.”

The bike’s stack is lower by a single millimetre (size 58) than the previous design, and the bottom bracket height is 5mm lower to account for bigger tyre clearance. So the net stack is in effect much lower and the reach is actually reduced by 1mm, but the wheelbase is down 4mm. The trail is also up by a millimetre to 58, again to account for the use of bigger tyres, and the net effect is a bike with sharper responses than before — not that the previous Synapse was any slouch in this department.

 

Size matters

It’s all-adaptable

Save it for the bar

The big numbers

Special editions

The range

Cannondale Synapse pricing

  • Synapse HM Disc D/A Di2: £7,799.99 / $9,999.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse HM Disc Red eTap: £6,499.99 / $7,999.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse HM Disc D/A: £4,999.99 / $6,499.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc eTap: £4,999.99 / $5,999.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc D/A: £3,999.99 / $4,999.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc Ult Di2: £3,699.99 / $4,199.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc SE Ultegra: £3,799.99 / $3,499.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc Ultegra: £2,699.99 / $2,999.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc 105: £2,199.99 / $2,499.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc SE Apex: £N/A / $2,499.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc Ultegra Di2: £3,699.99 / $4,199.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc Ultegra: £2,699.99 / $3,499.99 / AU$TBC
  • Synapse Crb Disc SE Apex: £N/A / $2,499.99 / AU$TBC 

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