Cannondale Synapse Carbon review

Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2010
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Despite the excessive talk of comfort and all-day riding, the Synapse is no plodder. It may be a bike for sportives, but it encourages you to chase after the gold award rather than be content with 'just getting round'. I'm looking forward to giving it a fuller test over the 100-mile plus distances it was designed for. £1,199 for Synapse Carbon BB30 frame with Synapse full carbon fork, seatpost, headset and standard BB adaptor.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable position

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    Feels responsive

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    Stable geometry

Reasons to avoid
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    Hard to change gear from drops with small hands

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The Synapse is Cannondale's cyclo-sportive bike. Compared with the top of the Elite range's Super-Six race bike, the same size Synapse is 5mm shorter in the top tube and 2cm longer in the head tube, putting the emphasis more on comfort and less on aggressive race styling.

It's also 11mm longer in the wheelbase, with 1cm more fork rake, helping to give the stable and confidence-inspiring handling demanded by the sportive market.

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Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds interest in cycling began while studying for a degree in Sports Science at the University College Chichester and surrounded by elite level cyclists. She is now undertaking a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University investigating the use of e-bikes by older people. 

A committed dabbler whose passion outweighed her talent Reynolds has competed across all disciplines of cycling bar BMX. In the very distant past she has been south-east road race champion, southern cyclo-cross champion and finished third in the European 24hr Solo mountain-bike champs in 2011. She was also the Fitness Editor of Cycling Weekly for 15 years. 

Hannah Reynolds is author of several cycling books, France-en-Velo a guide to the ultimate 1000 mile cycle route from the Channel to Med; Britain's Best Bike Ride. LEJOG1000; A 1000 mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats and 1001 Cycling Tips