The Cannondale Synapse Carbon range of road bikes are built around the idea that you can combine comfort with performance without negatively impacting either of these important aspects. These carbon framed models are light and nimble, with handling that keeps you in tune with the road surface and feels responsive. They also have comfort-oriented features that keep vibrations from spoiling your fun.
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6 Apex
The Synapse Carbon 6 Apex is a good introduction to this range as it features a full carbon frame and a fork with carbon blades, both of which have been augmented with Save Plus technology. The Save Plus system basically means that the bike is more sympathetic to the rider’s comfort and has elements that actively damp buzz generated by the tarmac beneath you.
The MultiFlex seat post fits nicely into the comfort-oriented ethos of the bike, allowing you to pick between a soft or a firm setup that lets you modulate the level of shock-absorption and comfort that you experience.
The SRAM APEX groupset is found on this model, providing a drive train that is capable and moderately light but still in keeping with the entry level nature of this bike relative to its stable mates. Light rims and Schwalbe Lugano tyres allow you to pick up speed quickly and maintain it, while the C3 Compact handlebar lets you make the most of the bike’s responsive handling.
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra
The full carbon frame with Save Plus elements is joined this time by a full carbon fork, so the Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra is lighter than the Apex edition. The fork has offset dropouts which means that it can deflect impacts vertically and compensate for rough road surfaces without hurting the bike’s ability to feel lively and engaging.
The Shimano Ultegra 6700 drive train continues this theme of lightness, with a 10 speed cogset giving you plenty of choice. The brakes are also from this range and DT Swiss RR1600 rims are wrapped in Schwalbe Durano tyres for added durability.
You get a Fi’zi:k Aliante Delta saddle mounted on light, strong Mg rails which will help to keep you comfortable mile after mile, while the C2 Compact handlebar from Cannondale is a little less weighty than that found on the Apex.
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 105
For the full on Synapse Carbon experience you can invest in this model which is equipped with the Shimano 105 groupset on the transmission and brakes. The FSA Gossamer Pro BB30 crank helps to bring these components together in a fashion that will allow you to drive power through the bike without wasting energy.
Mavic Askium WTS rims and Mavic Askion tyres have been chosen in this instance, expanding upon the groundwork laid out by the wheel sets found on its siblings.
The Prologo Kappa saddle benefits from the Synapse SAVE PLUS Multiflex seat post for comfort and adaptability, showing that this family of road bikes gives you plenty of customisable features that do not force you to adhere to a one size fits all setup.
The Cannondale Synapse Carbon range features this selection of setups so that you can pick one which fits in with your budget. The fact that they share the same basic frame construction and geometry means that even at the lower end of the scale you can enjoy added comfort without worrying about whether or not the ride will have been dumbed down in order to achieve it. Sleek designs, appealing finishes and a good deal of polish to the overall construction helps to make these road bikes stand out.
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 Compact Specifications
- Front Fork: Synapse Full Carbon
- Rear Shock: N/A
- Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 5700
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 5700
- Gears: 20
- Chainring: 50/34T
- Cassette: Shimano 105 5700, 11-28T, 10-Speed
- Shifters: Shimano 105 5700
- Brakes: Tektro R580
- Wheels: Mavic Aksium
- Tyres: Mavic Aksion, 700X25C, Black