CANNONDALE SYNAPSE CARBON
2019 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc
The Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc was re-designed in 2017 in pretty much every department to build on the phenomenal success of its multi 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 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 dash of extra fun and excitement, alongside rock solid reliability and future proofing.
In doing so Cannondale re-invented the road bike category – welcome to “Road Plus”.
With capacity for tyres 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.
Carbon Wheel Upgrades
The beauty of a disc braked bike is that you can use your best wheels all year round, in every type of condition – there no rim wear from braking and no loss in braking performance from having the lightest, most aero, and exciting of rim materials: carbon.
We love the Synapse Carbon Disc – responsive enough to race on at the very highest level, smooth enough to tackle the roughest of surfaces and leave you fresh enough to enjoy your epic ride, and versatile enough to use over a huge range of terrain and in all kinds of weather, thanks to ultra discrete mudguard eyelets.
And what really brings it alive is a top performing set of carbon wheels – like the award winning HUNT Carbon Aero Disc.
A perfect partner for the Synapse, with an ideal balance of light weight (just 1347g per pair), comfort and stiffness, together with a wide tyre bed for optimal performance with modern large volume tyres.
Available across most of the range we have unbeatable pricing on special HUNT Carbon Aero Disc editions such as the Synapse Carbon Disc 105 SE at £2649 or the Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra at just £2999 – scroll down for full details.
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.
“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“.
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.
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.
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.
WIDE RANGING CAPABILITY & OTHER COOL BITS:
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