The 2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO SE is the newest e-gravel bike from Cannondale, a brand known for innovation. If you’re looking for a full review on this bike, check out our blog post HERE.
All Cannondale Synapse NEO models share the same alloy frame and full-carbon fork. This frame, Cannondale claims, fits up to a 700c x 37 mm tire with room to spare, as well as a 650b x 47 mm tire. Geometry is said to be as close as it can be to the Synapse road bike, but it’s wheelbase is certainly longer, and it even receives their SAVE seatstays, which creates an engineered area of flex to take the edge off of bumps. Every Synapse NEO is pre-wired for lights front and rear, a neat extra that potentially shows the bike’s focus.
The new 2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO 2 is based around the new Bosch Generation 3 Active Line Plus motor. Bosch claims that the new Active Line motor is the perfect drive motor for a road bike, thanks to silent motor operation, compact design, and near drag-free performance when the motor cuts out. Like most other e-road drive motors, Bosch’s system offers 250 W of power, 50 N/m torque, a 20 mph assist cutoff, and a pairing to a 500 Wh battery. Here, Cannondale uses the removable Bosch PowerTube battery; at 6.2 lb, it’s one of the lightest on the market and helps keep the weight down. All in, Cannondale claims a 140 mile range in Eco mode, and a 55 mile range in Turbo model.
On the business end, the 2019 Synapse NEO gets one of two Bosch display interfaces: the Purion (black and white), and the Kiox (color, more compact). The Purion display is much more akin to what one would find on an e-bike, with a black-and-white display and assist buttons located on the display. The Kiox color display found on Synapse NEO 1, is more of a training companion, as it displays speed, heart rate, and power. Further, the assist button is separate of the display, and is placed on the stem. Small and compact, the Kiox looks and feels truly high-quality. Both displays sit prominently in the middle of the bars where a traditional computer like a Garmin or Wahoo would reside.
Cannondale is really proud of the fact that 2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO SE offers geometry that closely matches the standard Synapse road bike. This is thanks to their AI offset drivetrain, which moves the rear wheel to the drive side 6 mm. The lightest model, the Synapse NEO 1, weighs in at 37 lb, while the heaviest model, the Synapse NEO SE is still relatively light at 39 lb.
The 2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO SE e-gravel bike starts with an alloy frame and full-carbon fork, and pairs it to A Bosch Active Line Plus motor which offers 250 W, a Bosch PowerTube 500 Wh battery, and color Bosch Purion display. A SRAM Apex 1 mechanical drivetrain pairs to a Custom Bosch Gen3 crankset and 44t chainring. This bike uses WTB STi29 TCS 650b wheels and WTB Byway 650 x 47b tires with Cannondale’s alloy bar, stem and seatpost. The Synapse NEO SE is available in four sizes (S-XL), in their Stealth Gray with Jet Black – Gloss colorway.
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