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A Closer Look At: Cannondale Synapse Road Bike 2018


Author: Will

The Synapse range from Cannondale has become the high watermark for endurance bikes. With a versatile construction providing a high quality option for the rider looking for out and out adaptability, the Synapse gives them the ability to tackle both that long fast road ride as well as the courage to change things up and explore further afield. In Cannondale’s latest edition of this award winning model, they’ve pushed their design to it’s full potential.

The range divided by the distinction between the Hi-Mod BallisTec Carbon Fibre frame and the BallisTec Carbon Fibre option, Cannondale have managed to take the line’s high level model down to sit at just 950 grams in all, whilst the non-high mod edition sits at 1100 grams per frame - both impressive feats for a model targeting comfort and rideability before unbridled lightweight performance.

Cannondale Synapse 2018


Whilst offering a longer and lower geometry in general, Cannondale have worked to improve upon the stiffness of the Synapse, and the hi-mod version is equipped with what the brand terms a Power Pyramid, dividing your seat stay into two separate portions, joining the bottom bracket with a wider juncture to assure you of a stiffer, more rigid connection at perhaps the most critical juncture of any road bike. Serving to make your pedalling more efficient, the new Synapse is made to sit longer and lower on the road, giving you the versatility to ride comfortably in the saddle or to reach long and aerodynamically for the days when you want to pursue glory.


Cannondale Synapse 2018


Sitting at the upper end of the new range, the Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Red eTap Road Bike 2018 is sure to turn heads among long distance riders, as it’s brazen good looks, elegance and, of course, impressive component set, provides you with everything you could need over the course of a day by bike.


Higher range models including system integrated handlebars created in accordance with Cannondale’s SAVE, or Synapse Active Vibration Elimination technology act as a micro-suspension unit, damping shock and improving your ride. This technology is incorporated into the frame design of the Synapse range, as well as the seat post, so your comfort never comes at the cost of power, as all engineered flex is designed to work non-laterally. This more homogenous cockpit then, is optimised for a better feel, and with better integration, sits far more effectively and efficiently together out front, whilst still assuring you of the ability to swap, alter, change and improve your relative stem, or bar lengths and widths.

Cannondale Synapse 2018


Fitted with mounts for mudguards and with clearance for tyres at 32mm, the latest edition isn't just a beast for powering down the road. If the prospect of gravel enlivens your taste for adventure, the Synapse is more than capable of tackling rougher stuff and putting a smile right across your face. Made to offer a size specific geometry to assure you of a stronger level of performance throughout your bike, the new Synapse is considered to every minute detail, not just offering you the best fit and performance in your size, but by assuring you that the handling, feel, and response of each and every size is uniform. Consideration going so far as true size specific forks, you can be sure that the bike that fits you won't compromise on feel.


Cannondale Synapse 2018


Newly released and giving you the opportunity to tackle that Saturday group ride as well as that rugged Sunday amble, the new Synapse collection is set to light up roads, rides, and faces in the coming year, with cyclists widely praising this comfortably quick machine.


Cannondale Synapse 2018



About the Author

  • About Will: Randonneuring, touring, or simply being in the saddle, Will enjoys nothing more than getting up early and tackling hill climbs before breakfast.
  • Article Published On: 07 July 2017

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