Cannondale Synapse 105 2011

Cannondale Synapse 105 Review

As the range of Cannondale road bikes increases in price you can gradually see more and more carbon appearing on different components to trim down the overall weight. The incremental difference in weight may not be immediately apparent with regard to the benefits of this material. However, a quick spin on the Cannondale Synapse 105 should identify why it may be worth spending a little more for a bike of this kind rather than one of those lower down the food chain. Like its stablemates you will find custom Shimano components that have been specified for this model along with a build quality, which should inspire confidence in you. For long distance slogs over uneven road surfaces, this is a comfortable, capable bike.

With a carbon rear stay and a carbon fork from the Synapse SAVE range, you know that this is a bike that means business. Rigidity is necessary in a road bike but this can be at the expense of rider comfort sometimes. With the Cannondale Synapse 105 you can be sure of the latter without having to sacrifice handling, speed or power transference. Often a lot of the battle in competitive situations is having the confidence in your own abilities to make it to the top and you cannot be self-confident if you do not feel sure of your equipment, which is why owning a bike like this is an investment.

The Cannondale Synapse 105 oozes sex appeal with its jet-black frame, black rims and gorgeous black chainrings from Shimano all working together to make it look super sleek and highly desirable. This is obviously a secondary benefit of choosing this particular bike as people who are serious about their cycling will probably not base their decision on what a model looks like when choosing between two or more options. However, it does give the Synapse 105 the edge when two very similar contenders are occupying your mind.

Cannondale Synapse 105 Specifications

  • Frame: Synapse Alloy
  • Front Fork: Synapse SAVE Carbon blades
  • Rear Shock:
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
  • Number of Gears: 20
  • Shifters: Shimano 105
  • Chainset: FSA Gossamer
  • Chainrings: 34 / 50 tooth
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA BB30
  • Cassette: Shimano 105, 11-28 tooth
  • Chain: Shimano 105
  • Pedals: Not Supplied
  • Front Brake: Tektro R580 long reach
  • Rear Brake: Tektro R580 long reach
  • Brake Levers: Shimano 105
  • Handlebars: Cannondale C3 Compact
  • Stem: Cannondale C3, 6 degree
  • Headset: Tange Integrated, cartridge bearing
  • Grips:
  • Rims: Alex RC24
  • Front Hub: Formula RB-51 with metallic end caps, 28H
  • Rear Hub: Formula RB-51 with metallic end caps, 28H
  • Front Spokes: Stainless Steel bladed
  • Rear Spokes: Stainless Steel bladed
  • Front Tyre: Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25C
  • Rear Tyre: Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25C
  • Tubes:
  • Saddle: Cannondale Stage with Cr-Mo rails
  • Seatpost: Cannondale C3 carbon wrapped
  • Seat Binder:
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