Cannondale Synapse

Based on 39 reviews

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  • Great for long rides
  • Smooth shifting
  • Very stable feel on downhills
  • Comfortable and smooth


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Endurance bile with very little compromise.
I was lucky to find this since most bike shops have very low inventory. Best shifting bike I have ever ridden, very comfortable and smooth. Very stable feel on downhills. It could use upgrades on tires and probably wheels. The rear hub has a bit too my much slack before engagement. Also a good value...
1 year ago
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Bike Recommendations
If the latter, it depends on how much you want to ride. If it will just be a hobby, I’d look for a lower-end road bike from a reputable brand. Something like a Giant Contend AR3, or Cannondale Synapse Sora, or Trek Domane AL2. If you think it’s something you want to do a lot, I’d recommend going up a few trim levels, likely a carbon frame with Shimano 105 (ex.
Cheap road bikes?
Turned out I rather enjoyed it. In my area, about once a week I see Trek Domane and another road bike, can't recall the name; a few Cannondale Synapse and CAAD models; and occasionally a Specialized Roubaix go for sale on Craigslist.
For most routes, I'd say my spread is 40% road, 50% shoulder of road, and 10% dirt paths. For endurance bikes it seems like my main options are: Trek Domane SL5, Cannondale Synapse 105C, and Cervelo Caledonia 105. And their gravel lineup is: Trek Checkpoint SL5, Niner RLT 4* 2x build, and Cannondale Topstone 1.
I'm a 6'4 rider of a 2014 Cannondale Synapse carbon 105 in the Bay Area - love the bike, and put about 2500 hilly miles on it each year (mostly 15 - 40 mile rides, often partially in the city). Now considering an upgrade, for:. \- Disc brakes.
Cannondale Synapse Carbon Red eTap Review -
“Shelf” behind bottom bracket collects grime. The Bottom Line: Cannondale Synapse Red eTap.
3 months ago
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Beginner bike - better group set or disc brakes
You will not feel you are missing out on braking performance because of rim brakes, but you will likely want better group sets down the road if go with something < 105. I bought a Cannondale Synapse 105 came with mechanical disk brakes., My other option was a Cannondale Optima 1 or Canyon AL 6 both of which have rim brakes and 105s.
NBD! Pinarello Prince SRAM Force AXS
Moving on from my 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon. Loved that bike and put many miles on it, but now I’m really looking forward to more miles on the Pinarello. Patience will be tested as it’s relegated to the trainer throughout the winter time. C’mon spring!!!
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Review: Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc road bike is the perfect all 'rounder
They’re working on a Wahoo version, too. 2018 Cannondale Synapse Ride Review.
3 months ago
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Frame and wheel size for a 5 1" woman?
An acquaintance who is 5' 0" (152cm) rides a 44cm Cannondale Women's Synapse AL, which works for her with a shorter stem. It's one of the shortest reach frames in that size range and sports a decent tyre clearance, has mud guard mounts etc. It's not a CX frame, but you can definitely take it onto other terrains with the right tyres.


Bike frame material

Carbon Fiber

Bike type


Bottom Bracket

Shimano R60 BSA

Brake type

Hydraulic Disc