The advent of the endurance road bike has done wonders for the average road cyclist that just wanted to ride bikes. Those bikes ushered in a newfound desire for comfort, and this was achieved by shortening overall reach, increasing stack, and making space for a wider tire than what was available before; doing so brought relief to the backs of every non-racer. The issue that came with it was a compromise in the precise handling that came with racier bikes. With the newest generation of the 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace, Cannondale sought to meld all-day comfort with that missing ingredient: precise handling.
To do so, Cannondale started with their familiar Synapse Active Vibration Elimination (SAVE) system, and refined it. SAVE uses a holistic approach to carbon frame design by engineering flex zones in the seat stays, seat tube, and fork to take the edge off of choppy pavement. Cannondale’s SAVE seatpost again makes an appearance; it’s thin 25.4mm diameter pairs with an internal seatpost binder to enhance comfort and reduce fatigue over a long ride. Further, Cannondale have gone the extra mile by adding size-specific tube profiles, head tubes, and steer tube diameters. Each engineered piece is better than before, with the goal of improving ride smoothness without use of mechanical suspension aids. Cannondale also increased frame clearance to fit a 32mm wide tire with room to spare, all in the name of all-day comfort.
The 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace makes great strides in comfort, but it is its handling ability that makes a serious first impression. Point it down a sweeping canyon hairpin, and the new Synapse is much more confidence inspiring than the previous model. Its front end stiffness is up 10% compared to the previous model, which allows the bike to corner with a precision similar to the racier Cannondale Supersix Evo. The wider tires provide excellent grip, allowing the rider to be confident to carry the kind of speed the geometry allows. When it’s time to slow down, the new Synapse uses hydraulic disc brakes to slow the bike down with power. No longer do riders sacrifice quick handling for comfort, the Synapse has it.
This model features a Shimano Dura Ace mechanical hydraulic drivetrain with a Cannondale HollowGram Si crankset using compact (50/34) SpideRing chainrings and an 11-30 cassette. It uses a Fulcrum Racing 500 DB wheelset, Vittoria Rubino Pro 700 x 28c tires, and a Cannondale SAVE carbon seatpost. It is available in six sizes (48-61 cm), in their Slate (a matte blue with black and silver accents) colorway.
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