Cannondale Synapse Alu Claris - RRP: £599
This Shimano Claris 2x8-equipped Cannondale Synapse Alu is a proven performance road bike made extra versatile courtesy of its engineered-in comfort and its mudguard compatibility.
Cannondale Synapse Overview
The Synapse is a lightweight road bike that does not ignore your comfort needs. Compared with a full-on Cannondale road race bike, the Synapse has a 2-2.5cm taller head tube, a longer wheelbase and a shallower head angle. The Synapse's SAVE (Synapse Active Vibration Elimination) carbon forks are proven shock absorbers as are its SAVE aluminium seat stays, which curve to meet the rear dropouts to damp potential shock from ill-kept roads. For most riders, these tweaks offer a more comfortable ride - especially if you are in the saddle for hours, as you might be on a sportive or charity ride.
Given that a wet ass doesn't contribute to your comfort on the bike, you might be interested to hear that the Cannondale Synapse's brake calipers are 8mm longer-reach than standard road bike brakes so they facilitate fitting fenders (AKA mudguards).
Here's how Cannondale features the details that make their Synapse Alu road bikes exceptional.
'SAVE PLUS ALLOY MICRO-SUSPENSION
By flattening and butting the chain stays and triaxially forming the seat stays, we create a rear stay assembly that allows significant deflection vertically to absorb road shock and vibration, while staying extremely rigid laterally for power transfer and confident cornering.
Compared with our Elite race geometry, the Synapse geometry features a taller head tube (2-2.5cm taller), gently sloping top tube, slightly relaxed head angle and longer wheelbase. This combination provides a more upright riding position and a lively, yet stable feel. The Synapse is confidence inspiring and relaxing but avoids the sluggish feel and awkward handling of many “comfort” road bikes
OPTIMIZED 6061 ALLOY CONSTRUCTION
Cannondale’s legendary double-pass smooth welds join optimally shaped taper-butted tubes for a great combination of svelte light weight, stiffness and durability.
CARBON BLADED FORK
Carbon fork blades with integrated SAVE features provide additional comfort and sharp handling.
RACK AND FENDER MOUNTS
Subtle, understated rack and fender mounts add versatility.'
Cannondale Synapse Alu Love at First Ride
Quite possibly, the perfect first road bike. An upright position for greater riding comfort combined with silky smooth SAVE PLUS technology gives first-time road riders, commuters and fitness-lovers a versatile blend of comfort, speed and value. Advanced alloy construction creates a lightweight, responsive frame with the crisp handling you’d expect from a Cannondale. Subtle, understated rack and fender mounts are ready to get to work or seek out adventure.
Features and Specifications
FRAME - Cannondale Synapse Alloy Optimized 6061 Alloy SAVE PLUS
FORK - Cannondale Synapse SAVE, carbon blades, 1-1/8"
HEADSET - Cannondale Synapse Si, 25mm top cap
STEM - Cannondale C4, 31.8, 6 deg.
HANDLEBARS - Cannondale C4 Compact, 6061 alloy
TAPE - Cannondale Grip Bar Tape w/Gel, 3.5mm
FRONT BRAKE - Tektro dual pivot long reach
REAR BRAKE - Tektro dual pivot long reach
FRONT DERAILLEUR - Shimano Claris 2400, 31.8 clamp
REAR DERAILLEUR - Shimano Claris 2400 GS, 8-speed
SHIFT LEVERS - Shimano Claris 2400 STI, 8-Speed
CASSETTE - Sunrace 12-32T, 8-speed
CHAIN - KMC Z82, 8-speed
CRANKSET - FSA Vero 50/34
PEDALS - Wellgo w/ Clip and Strap
RIMS - Maddux RS 2.0 32-hole
HUBS - Cannondale C4
SPOKES - Stainless Steel 15g
FRONT TYRE - Schwalbe Lugano 700x25c
REAR TYRE - Schwalbe Lugano 700x25c
INNER TUBES - Standard, presta valve
SADDLE - Cannondale Stage Ergo
SEATPOST - Cannondale C4 Alloy 25.4x300mm
SEAT BINDER - Cannondale alloy