Wilton, CT – July 10, 2017 – Cannondale, a premium brand of Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), today revealed an entirely new version of its award-winning endurance race bike, the Synapse. Purpose-built for those who live to ride hard and go long, the all-new Synapse has been redesigned to give riders enhanced comfort, elevated performance, and the capability to confidently attack any road, anywhere. With the expanded SAVE micro-suspension system featuring the new SAVE seatpost, a significantly lighter frame and fork, and clearance for big 32mm tires, the all-new Synapse is a true endurance machine for true endurance riders.
SAVE Micro-Suspension technology has been at the heart of the Synapse design since its introduction in 2006. Engineered flex zones in the frame and fork soak up vibration and chatter, keeping the rider comfortable and in control on uneven surfaces. The new Synapse boasts re-engineered SAVE features in its chainstays, seatstays, and fork legs, and adds a 25.4mm SAVE seatpost — creating a holistic system that insulates the rider from the bumps, without isolating them from the experience.
“During the development of this bike we dug deep to understand what riders are really looking for in an endurance race bike,” said David Devine, Cannondale Senior Product Manager, Road.
“What they are looking for is a really capable bike they can spend all day on – whether they are out on a fast-paced group ride, riding hard at a local Gran Fondo, or heading out on a long solo ride down an unknown road. And, for that rider, we wanted to deliver a bike that provides the feeling of being alive – of being connected and immersed in the moments that define a great ride.”
Rider position is also incredibly important in the endurance category as well. The Synapse’s Endurance Race Geometry strikes the perfect performance balance between full race aggression and the relaxed upright comfort of other “endurance” rigs. It gives the rider the low, forward position they need to go hard, with just enough comfortable rise to encourage them to go long.
To ramp up the performance and elevate the race characteristics of this endurance machine, the 2018 Synapse is both lighter and stiffer than previous models. The frame alone is 220 grams lighter, for snappier acceleration and faster climbing. Stiffness gains of up to 10% at the headtube and bottom bracket are achieved courtesy of an asymmetric frame design that more effectively resists disc brake and pedaling loads, and Size-Optimized construction that varies tube dimensions and carbon layup by size.
The new Synapse takes the concept of size-optimization a step further by also offering three different steerer/headtube diameters and three fork offsets. This allows each size to have the appropriate amount of front-end stiffness, and an incredibly consistent steering feel across the entire size range.
To expand riding possibilities and encourage exploration, the new Synapse has clearance for up to 32mm measured tires, and discreet fender mounts. Other notable features include front and rear thru-axles, easy to adjust flat-mount disc brakes, and the Synapse’s intelligent cable port, which allows for clean and modular cable routing and accommodates everything from mechanical cables to eTap to Di2.
With its signature blend of race-level performance, go anywhere capability and all-day comfort, the new Synapse offers a supremely engaging and exciting ride experience, on everything from smooth tarmac to rugged backroads. It’s true endurance machinery.
The Cannondale Synapse will be available in 14 models, including four women’s models, with a price range of $2,499.99 – $9,999.99USD. For more information on the all-new Synapse, visit www.Cannondale.com/Synapse. Be sure to also follow Cannondale on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.