Cannondale launched the revamped Synapse in 2013 and have now introduced eight disc-equipped models. The Cannondale Synapse is described as an ‘endurance race’ bike, and that definition is key. Yes, it’s designed to offer class-leading comfort, thanks to the helixed profile of the seatstays and chainstays, the heavily profiled fork and offset dropouts, and the super-skinny 25.4mm seatpost, but it’s also a race bike at heart, with an oversized, 73mm-wide bottom bracket to offer race-winning levels of stiffness and a ‘Power Pyramid’ seattube cutout designed to save weight.
Of the disc-equipped Synapses, three are made from Cannondale’s high-modulus ‘BallisTec’ carbon fibre and three are made from a lower grade of carbon to save money but add a little to the weight, while there are also two aluminium models. Our show piece, the Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Ultegra, is the most affordable of the Hi-Mod bikes and comes with a Shimano Ultegra groupset with hydraulic disc brakes. Welcome to the future.