Cannondale has revealed some of its endurance road bike (Synapse) series’ 2014 models. There are two men’s bike (Synapse Hi-Mod Black Inc and Synapse Hi-Mod Athena) and three women’s bike models (Synapse Hi-Mod Women’s 2 RED, Synapse Hi-Mod Women’s Ultegra Di2 and Synapse Hi-Mod Women’s 3 Ultegra).
Synapse, built for everyday cyclists, century riders, long-distance riders and any other cyclists enjoying the miles, willing to sacrifice some top-end speed for a smoother ride, first introduced in 2007 and became one of Cannondale’s best-selling models. Compared to Cannondale’s Elite race geometry (SuperSix– SuperSix Evo Nano in 2013, CAAD10, CAAD8), the Synapse features a 2-2.5 cm taller head tube, slightly relaxed head angle and longer wheelbase for a more upright riding position.
Some key features:
S.E.R.G. Synapse Endurance Race Geometry: slightly taller head tube, slightly longer wheelbase and slightly slacker head angle.
SAVE PLUS Micro-Suspension System (Rear Triangle and Fork): reduces vibration, improves handling, and increases comfort.
SAVE PLUS Micro-Suspension System (Seat post and Seat tube): reduces vibration, improves handling, and increases comfort.
Power Pyramid/BB30A: The seat tube splits asymmetrically to meet a new wider 73mm BB30A bottom bracket, for maximum stiffness with minimal weight.
Compatible up to 700x28c Tires: the larger tires (up to 28c) found on the Synapse models provide more comfort, are better suited for differing road conditions, and are less likely to pinch flat.
Synapse BallisTec Carbon frame options:
Synapse Hi-MOD: BallisTec Hi-MOD carbon construction. High and ultra-high modulus fibers create an interconnected stiffening network throughout an extremely strong and durable base structure.
Synapse Carbon: Same lay-up, same molds and same ballistic base fibers as the Hi-MOD version, but utilizing a higher percentage of intermediate modulus fibers to tune stiffness and ride feel.