2017 Cannondale Synapse Alloy
The Cannondale Synapse Alloy is not merely an aluminium copy of their award winning Carbon Synapse - it features mudguard mounts, extra clearance for larger volume tyres, and long-reach brakes that expand its versatility without sacrificing its sporting soul.
Spirited rides with a group, fast winter training rides, taking the long way home on the daily commute, or enjoying that charity ride in blissful comfort - the Synapse Alloy is built for enjoying the miles, at whatever pace you choose.
With taper butted and uniquely shaped tubes, joined by their trademark double pass smooth welds, the Synapse Alloy continues Cannondale's tradition of aluminium mastery. The Synapse Alloy was also the first Cannondale road bike to feature disc brakes for great stopping power and exceptional control (105 and Tiagra models).
the extent to which the frame manages to take the buzz out of the road while keeping plenty of zing in the ride is quite incredible...it's the fact the Synapse manages to be the fastest and most comfortable that really floored us" Cycle Active
(group test winner).
UPRIGHT COMFORT: Synapse’s Endurance Geometry provides stable, confident handling, and a more upright riding position for all-day comfort.
SMOOTH OPERATOR: The alloy version of the SAVE PLUS Micro-Suspension System keeps you comfortable and in control with bump-eating flex zones in the rear triangle and fork.
FEEL THE LIGHT: SmartForm C2 Alloy Construction and carbon bladed forks deliver exceptionally light weight for this category, for a high-performance feel.
USABLE VERSATILITY: Ready for commuting, light touring or wet-weather training thanks to subtle rack mounts and clearance for fenders.
For the new model year we are again offering our renowned Special Edition models across much of the Cannondale range that feature superb upgraded wheels at minimal cost. We also have extensive stocks of the standard specification bikes at everyday low prices - please contact us for up to date prices on these models.
Cannondale Synapse Alloy
PERFORMANCE GEOMETRY - the Synapse Alloy has a slightly higher headtube than Cannondale's other road race bikes (around 2.5cm taller than a SuperSix Evo) but does not throw riders into an overly 'sit-up-and beg' position that can feel sluggish over long distances. Instead, it offers a slightly more relaxed riding position which, when combined with its longer longer wheelbase, inspires confidence and maintains an enjoyable fast ride with enhanced levels of comfort and stable handling.
SMARTFORM ALLOY CONSTRUCTION™: The most advanced aluminium frame construction on the planet. SmartForm construction allows Cannondale to make the lightest, best riding aluminium frames on the market. By pairing three decades of accumulated aluminium construction experience with the advanced design capabilities of their CAAD Cannondale Advanced Aluminium Design) Flow Modelling Process, SmartForm techniques deliver incredibly precise wall thickness distribution and tube shapes, concentrating material exactly where needed to maximize stiffness and strength, while shaving every last extraneous gram from the structure. Internally, all butting is accomplished via smooth, tapered transitions to eliminate the abrupt changes in material thickness that cause stress-risers. Unlike the putty-and-paint “smooth” welds of our competition, Cannondale’s legendary double-pass smooth welds create the strongest possible joints. Combined with Cannondale’s post-weld, heat-treat process that creates a true one-piece finished structure, and you’ve got simply the most advanced aluminium frames available anywhere.
SMARTFORM C2: Not every frame can be C1. It's simply too costly and labour intensive but, make no mistake, that passion for high-performance aluminium carries throughout Cannondale’s line. Cannondale’s SmartForm C2 frames feature many of the sophisticated frame building techniques found on the unmatchable C1 frames. Refined butting, precisely controlled tube shapes and exceptional double-pass welds combine to create frames that others would be proud to call their best. World class weights, great stiffness and that unmistakable Cannondale ride-feel combine to deliver an incredible performance value.
SAVE PLUS REAR STAY MICRO-SUSPENSION SYSTEM - by flattening and butting the chain stays and triaxially forming the seat stays, Cannondale have created an elegant rear stay assembly that allows significant deflection vertically to absorb road shock and vibration, while staying extremely rigid laterally for power transfer and confident cornering.
CARBON BLADED FORK - carbon fork blades with integrated SAVE features provide additional comfort and sharp handling.
BB30 SYSTEM - found on both the Ultegra, 105 and Tiagra equipped models, BB30 is the epitome of Cannondale's innovative design culture. Invented over 10 years ago to take crank and frame performance to the next level, BB30 has become the industry standard for stiffness and light weight.
MUDGUARD MOUNTS - Subtle, understated mounts add to the Synapse's versatility.
"the extent to which the frame manages to take the buzz out of the road while keeping plenty of zing in the ride is quite incredible...it's the fact the Synapse manages to be the fastest and most comfortable that really floored us" Cycle Active (group test winner).
" THE SYNAPSE HAS A GREAT CALMING RIDE QUALITY, WHICH ISN'T TO SAY IT'S NOT QUICK, BECAUSE WHEN HUSTLED IT CAN BE, BUT IT HAS A HABIT OF MAKING YOU FEEL MORE INVOLVED WITH THE RIDE, AND TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY MORE. AND EVEN WHEN WE WERE HAPPILY CRUISING THE LANES, OUR SPEED EXCEEDED OUR PERCEIVED EFFORT, WHICH CAN ONLY BE A GOOD THING" - CYCLING PLUS MAGAZINE