Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc

Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc 2017-08-04T15:32:51+00:00

2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon

The all-new 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc has been re-designed in pretty much every department to build on the phenomenal success of its award-winning predecessor.  It takes a brave manufacturer to significantly alter such a successful bike, but Cannondale have done just that.  And the result is simply stunning - as review after review has confirmed, the new Synapse is faster, lighter, more stable, and even smoother over an even wider range of surfaces.  They have succeeded in retaining all that was great about the previous Synapse, but added a big dash of extra fun and excitement, alongside rock solid reliability and future proofing.  

2018 Synapse Carbon

The list of highlights shows just how much the 2018 Synapse has evolved to deliver true all-round high-performance geometry:

  • a racier rider position that still delivers long-distance comfort
  • asymmetric and size-specific tubing to ensure consistent and highly tuned performance in all sizes
  • significantly reduced weight with enhanced stiffness in all of the areas required for additional agility and responsiveness
  • thru axles for perfect tracking on fast descents and optimised control under heavy braking
  • re-profiled tubing and shock absorbing features throughout the frameset
  • wider tyre capacity for increased comfort, control and lower rolling resistance over all types of terrain

The list goes on and on - but all achieved without compromising on practicality.  Far from it - in most areas the new Synapse is simpler and neater to adapt for pretty much any groupset or component configuration. It even has super-discrete mounts for mudguards should you need them - a first for what is without doubt a no compromise race-ready machine for longer and more challenging rides.

We've rarely, if ever, seen a bike launch that has been greeted with such critical acclaim - just visit the Reviews tab for a sample of the un-waveringly positive reception the new Synapse has received!

2018 Synapse Carbon

The bottom line is just as Cannondale put it "Synapse has always been a machine dedicated to the pursuit of all-day, full-throttle adventures. A legendary platform – multiple Bike-of-the-Year winner, raced by the world’s best in the world’s toughest races, hero of countless unnamed and unheralded exploits – the new bike takes what has always worked and makes it better... much, much better. Lighter, stiffer, smoother and faster. For performance. For memorable adventure. For those races with names and without. For the truest expression of the sport. This is true endurance machinery".  

2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc

Cannondale's System Integration (Si) approach has been at the heart of their bikes since day one and it revolves around the principle that the sum of the parts has to be greater than the whole. They develop frames and component technologies as complete packages, delivering the full performance potential of the system in ways other designs just can’t match - the new Synapse works flawlessly as a single unit with each component designed to work with and compliment the other. This makes the new Synapse lighter, stiffer, better handling and faster than any other endurance race bike out there.

2018 Synapse Carbon

ENDURANCE. RACE. GEOMETRY . The name pretty much says it all. Endurance Race Geometry strikes the perfect performance balance between full race aggression and the relaxed upright comfort of other “endurance” rigs. The new Synapse rider position gives you what you need to go hard, with just enough rise to encourage you to go long; and the handling is agile enough to keep things spicy, yet still stable and composed when things get dicey. In short, it’s built to perform, not just endure.

2018 Synapse Carbon

ALL-NEW SYNAPSE.  ALL ABOUT SAVE.  SAVE has been at the heart of the Synapse design since day one, and the updates on the new bike make this Micro-Suspension System smoother than ever. Engineered flex zones in the frame and fork give just the right amount of compliance to soak up bumps and vibration. A 25.4mm SAVE seatpost adds more cush when in the saddle. This complete ride-smoothing system insulates without isolating, keeping you protected from the bumps but fully connected to the experience.

SYNAPSE BALLISTEC CARBON FRAME OPTIONS:

  • Synapse Hi-MOD: BallisTec Hi-MOD carbon construction. High and ultra-high modulus fibers create an interconnected stiffening network throughout an extremely strong and durable base structure. Ultra light, strong and stiff.
  • Synapse Carbon: Same same molds and same ballistic base fibres as the Hi-MOD version, but utilising a higher percentage of intermediate modulus fibres to tune stiffness and ride feel, and with a slightly simpler lay-up around the extremely sophisticated seat-tube/BB junction.

2018 Synapse Carbon

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2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc

The new Synapse Carbon Disc has been released to great acclaim - below are links (open in new window) to just a selection of independent reviews:

"Fundamentally the new Cannondale Synapse is exciting to ride, with handling that feels more like that of a race bike than a sportive bike. The geometry is more relaxed than the Supersix Evo’s: the wheelbase is a bit longer, the fork rake a little longer, it’s a little shorter and a little higher at the front end but Cannondale hasn’t gone for as relaxed a frame as most endurance bikes out there and I like this." Cycling Weekly (includes video review)

"The aggressive-endurance category is growing, and the Synapse won’t disappoint riders in search of an all-day grinder without the femur-length head tube and grandpa geometry. The Synapse makes less-than-stellar terrain far more comfortable without dulling the excitement and quick handling. Invest in several different sets of tires for different riding conditions and the Synapse could easily replace a garage full of bikes." Velonews

"first impressions are the new Synapse is a mightily impressive beast that is surely destined to rival the SuperSix Evo for Cannondale racing supremacy." Cyclist Magazine

"It’s hard to tell which parts of the Synapse contribute most to its impressive damping effect — the micro-suspension flex zones, the seatpost, the SystemBar cockpit, the wider tyres, or the lower tyre pressure — but the combination delivered a considerably smoother ride than I had expected...I always found the Synapse ready and willing whenever I jumped out the saddle to punch up a small rise. There was no sensation of power being lost to the frame’s dampening features whenever I was putting in an effort — rather, I always felt as if the power I was pushing through the pedals was being used as I intended." CyclingTips

"Cannondale seems to have compressed these seemingly disparate categories and blurred the lines between what’s race and what’s endurance to the point where choosing either option won’t mean compromising on the benefits of the other." BikeRadar

"Cannondale has built on the solid foundations of the previous version but finessed every detail to create arguably a bike that better meets the need of today’s endurance/sportive cyclist." RoadCC

"We do think Cannondale has missed a trick with the new Synapse. At first glance it looks pretty much the same as the 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." CyclingNews

The making of the new Cannondale Synapse - Road.cc chats with the designers behind the new Synapse about the development of the new endurance road bike.  RoadCC Interview

2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc

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    2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc 105

    The 2018 Synapse Carbon Disc 105 features an all-new BallisTec Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, a Shimano 105 Hydraulic Disc groupset and the excellent Cannondale Si chainset. 

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra

    The Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra features an all-new BallisTec Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, a Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Disc groupset and the excellent Cannondale Si chainset. 

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra SE

    The Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra SE features an all-new BallisTec Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, a Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic Disc groupset and bigger tires, wider rims and even wider gearing for the roughest of roads. 

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2

    The Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2 features an all-new BallisTec Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, a Shimano Ultegra Di2 Hydraulic Disc groupset and the excellent Cannondale Si chainset. 

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Dura Ace

    The Synapse Carbon Disc Dura Ace features an all-new BallisTec Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, a Shimano Dura Ace Hydraulic Disc groupset, and the new Cannondale Carbon SAVE SystemBar/stem.

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Red eTap

    The Synapse Carbon Disc Red eTap features an all-new BallisTec Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, SRAM Red eTap Hydraulic Disc groupset, and the new Cannondale Carbon SAVE SystemBar/stem.

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Dura Ace

    The Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Dura Ace features an all-new BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, a Shimano Dura Ace Hydraulic Disc groupset, and the new Cannondale Carbon SAVE SystemBar/stem.

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Red eTap

    The Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Red eTap features an all-new BallisTec Hi-Mod Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, SRAM Red eTap Hydraulic Disc groupset, and the new Cannondale Carbon SAVE SystemBar/stem.

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.

  • 2018 Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Dura Ace Di2

    The Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Dura Ace Di2 features an all-new BallisTec Hi-MOD Carbon SAVE PLUS frameset, a Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Hydraulic Disc groupset, and the new Cannondale Carbon SAVE SystemBar/stem.

    Available with a range of Epic Wheel Upgrade options for enhanced performance and reliability.