“Greater stopping power for the gran fondo rider”
Cannondale’s Synapse frames are designed for the endurance rider who participates in regular gran fondos and century rides. With the recent accolades heaped on the Synapse Ultegra, the Synapse Ultegra Disc is a variation on Cannondale’s 2014 award winning bike.
Disc brakes offer better braking performance, across a wider range of riding conditions, than caliper brakes. The Synapse features disc brakes on their BallisTec carbon frame. Using “Synapse Endurance Race Geometry” or “S.E.R.G.”, this frame gives comfort and speed for long hours in the saddle. The disc brake equipped Synapse is only 700 grams heavier than the traditional Synapse in Cannondale’s range.
Performance and comfort in the Synapse’s ride are found in the SAVE Plus fork and rear triangle. The specially designed carbon tube shapes help absorb road bumps and thumps, giving the rider a smooth and compliant ride. Shimano’s Ultegra road groupset gives smooth shifting. Shimano’s hydraulic RS685 mechanical shifters and hydraulic brake levers are the star of the show here. The disc brakes balance feel and stopping power, giving the rider feedback and confidence no matter if the road conditions are wet or dry. Riding the Synapse gives the rider a smooth and fast ride, with minor road vibration absorbed and nullified. The long wheelbase provides stability across uneven road surfaces, with the Synapse calm and collected at all times. The disc brakes work as advertised, and all the cables and hoses are routed inside the frame, giving the frame a clean look. The Mavic Aksium disc wheels are Mavic’s first foray into road disc wheelsets, with all their experience in developing MTB disc wheels transferred over.
A rider looking for a bike that will handle fast rides, long rides, Sunday coffee mornings and everything else should put the Cannondale Synapse on their short list.
BallisTec Carbon, Di2 ready
Synapse SAVE PLUS, BallisTec Carbon
Shimano 105 CS 5800
Shimano HG600, 11-speed
Cannondale HollowGram Si, BB30A, FSA rings, 50/34
Shimano RS685 hydraulic disc, 140 mm rotors
Cannondale C2, UD Carbon
Fabric Spoon Shallow
Cannondale C2 Compact, butted 2014 alloy
Cannondale C2, 6061 Alloy
Mavic Aksium One Disc WTS
Mavic Aksion WTS, 700x28c
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