2020 Cannondale Synapse Carbon
The Cannondale Synapse Carbon is one of the most successful multi award-winning bikes that Cannondale have ever produced. As review after review has reported, the Synapse Carbon is faster, lighter, more versatile, and smoother over an even wider range of surfaces than any of its competitors. The latest version of the Synapse brings an added dash of responsiveness and fun, alongside the rock solid reliability and future proofing of its predecessors.
In fact, with the Synapse Carbon Cannondale re-invented the endurance road bike category – welcome to “Road Plus”.
With capacity for larger tyres of up to 32mm, finely balanced handling, bags of agility, and high levels of comfort and stability over rougher ground the latest Synapse Carbon Disc can take you well beyond smoother paved roads into rough or cobbled back lanes (this is after all a podium winning machine at the legendary Paris-Roubaix Worldtour race), and even on to hard pack dirt tracks. The Synapse is a genuine “any-road” racing machine.
To add to an already winning package we are offering exclusive Epic Editions across most of the range, that deliver significant upgrades at outstanding prices. One of the key ways to enhance the performance of any bike is through high quality wheels, and this is especially so with the Ballistec carbon Synapse. The upgraded wheels in our Performance Editions simply transform the performance of the bikes, with a more exciting and engaging ride whatever your riding style.
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.
SYNAPSE BALLISTEC CARBON FRAME OPTIONS: 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. Ballistec Carbon – 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 seat-tube/BB junction.
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 cushioning when in the saddle. This complete ride-smoothing system insulates without isolating from the riding experience.
ROOM FOR 32: Embrace the backroads, the rough roads, the highways and the byways. With room in both the front and rear for tires as big as 32mm (measured/actual), or 28mm with mudguards fitted to the invisible mounts, ultra-controllable hydraulic disc brakes and SAVE Micro-Suspension, the Synapse Carbon is ready for any road, anywhere.
Synapse Carbon Disc Highlights
The list of highlights shows just how much the Cannondale Synapse Carbon 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 (up to 32mm) for increased comfort, control and lower rolling resistance over all types of terrain, making the Synapse a true bike for all roads.
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.
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)
“Verdict: Fast, smooth and fun, the new Synapse is an exceedingly good endurance bike” RoadCC
“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
“An endurance machine that’s still stiff enough to feel fast, the Cannondale Synapse Disc has a slimmed down frame that means the disc brakes come weight penalty free….the Synapse was easily one of our best rides this year – earning it a place in the 2017 Editor’s Choice hall of fame” Cycling Weekly
The bottom line is just as Cannondale put it themselves “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“.