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Cannondale 2018 Synapse Hi-MOD review

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IT’S AS GOOD AS CANNONDALE CLAIMS

The Synapse was Cannondale’s first all-carbon frameset, and it has found favour with buyers for over a decade. During that time, Cannondale has dutifully refined the Synapse, building upon its original concept of micro-suspension for a road bike - Synapse Active Vibration Elimination (SAVE).  According to Cannondale, SAVE not only improves the comfort of the bike, but riders will also enjoy better control and handling.The Synapse was Cannondale’s first all-carbon frameset, and it has found favour with buyers for over a decade. During that time, Cannondale has dutifully refined the Synapse, building upon its original concept of micro-suspension for a road bike - Synapse Active Vibration Elimination (SAVE).  According to Cannondale, SAVE not only improves the comfort of the bike, but riders will also enjoy better control and handling.

Many of Cannondale’s bicycles feature SAVE,  it is the new Synapse where the system is at its most sophisticated. The system has three elements:

1. the carbon layup, which is designed to dissipate road buzz. 

2. the fork legs and stays, are meant to contend with small-to-medium bumps

3. the seat tube and seatpost, soak up the biggest hits.

In developing the new Synapse, Cannondale’s engineers were striving to improve  the comfort of the bike while adding back a measure of race-oriented performance from the  SuperSix EVO Disc. An important goal was to shed a significant amount of weight from the frame and fork. Another was to increase the stiffness of the chassis in key areas, such as the head tube.

The 2018 Synapse is now dedicated solely to road disc brakes and can accommodate tyres up to 32mm wide.  When placed side-by-side with the previous iteration, the new Synapse is obviously lighter and sleeker. 

The fork rake also varies according to the size of the frame.  When combined with the different head angle of each frame size, this range of fork rakes provide a near-uniform trail of 56-60mm, which is unusual (but laudable) for mass-produced bikes.  Cannondale’s dedication to normalising the handling of each frame size can also be seen in the decision to scale the size of the lower headset bearing. In this way, the front end of the Synapse is only stiffened when it is needed and small riders aren’t burdened by an overly stiff frame.

Another aspect that helps the performance of the bike was the fact that due to the tall stack height, it may be possible to move down a frame size.  The smaller frame may be shorter in the reach, but this could be compensated by increasing the stem length.   https://www.bicyclerichmond.co.uk/bicycle-fitting/new-bike-fit-consultation  . Compact frames benefit from a little extra agility, due to the stiffness of a smaller frame and improved weight distribution. The bike is always eager to move; when coupled with the quality of the build, you will be able to enjoy a race-worthy bike that is as responsive as it is versatile.

The new Synapse is a worthy rival for Trek’s Domane and Specialized’s Roubaix. Both have been targeted when Cannondale asserted that the Synapse was “lighter, stiffer, better handling, and faster than any other endurance race bike out there.” The Synapse seems an edgier and more aggressive bike that isn’t weighed down by suspension units. And it’s for this reason that it holds more appeal  than either the Trek or Specialized .

The bike really is as good as Cannondale claims, and not just for endurance-oriented riders, but for road cycling in general. It’s a road bike in its most modern guise that is quick to get moving, easy to handle, and versatile enough for tackling any reasonable road surface.

This is the fourth iteration for Cannondale’s Synapse and the result is a versatile road disc bike that is an impressive performer on all sorts of roads, paved and unpaved. Cannondale’s engineers have been able to pare away a significant amount of weight without affecting the comfort of the bike while imbuing the new chassis with much of the poise and liveliness of a racing rig. The result — a road bike for almost any occasion — stands as a great example of what can be achieved in a new era of thinking.

Weight: size 51 Hi-MOD frame, 895g (without fittings such as the seatpost clamp, headset, and thru-axle); uncut Hi-MOD fork, 405g (without thru-axle). 

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