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Cannondale Carbon Synapse 10,000km Review


Cannondale Synapse 10,000km Review

This past weekend marked the 10,000km mark for me and my Cannondale Synapse Carbon, so I thought I would illustrate my thoughts, on what has been a fantastic bike.

Cannondale pitches this bike in the ever popular endurance market, aimed at performing on the longer days without compromising too much on the position.
To feel the way it rides, you would imagine yourself to be bolt upright and ‘anti-aero’, because of the relaxed feel; but a quick glimpse in a reflective shop window will confirm the Synapse is still the capable race bike it has always been, and more than encourages you to ‘put the hammer down’ when required.

I ride this bike all year round; it thrives on rougher road surfaces where other bikes vibrate and bounce you around – the Synapse floats along, taking most in it’s stride. With clearance for 32mm tyres and fixed mudguard mounts, it is far more capable than my requirements and I have no doubt it would hold it’s own on light gravel and off road paths.

It feels too fast to be called an endurance bike, particularly when climbing. The frame is pretty stiff and more than responsive enough to accelerate quickly when putting the watts down. Climbing on the Synapse feels efficient and with Shimano Ultegra, shifting is swift.

Should you buy this bike?
If you are worried about the top end capabilities of the Synapse…don’t. Let me tell you, it won’t let you down; even if everyone else is on race bikes, it never feels inadequate.
It is a bike for all year round, whatever the terrain or weather, the ride is always smooth.

The Cannondale Synapse is sure to put a smile on your face every time you clip-in, even after 10,000km.

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