Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 review

The Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 is a popular endurance bike that still has a spring in its step

Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Synapse is an endurance bike that encourages you to sit up and take in your surroundings. If you want to unlock its other side - a snarling beast of a grand tourer that’s as happy to beat your mates off the lights or up a climb in hour one of your ride as it is to be your sight-seeing companion in hour six, you’d be best off upgrading the wheels. It’s safe to say that while it may not have any whizz bang elements of some of its rivals that’s because it does what it does with fuss free understatement and refinement. That’s what you want in an endurance bike, and this remains one of the best at it.

Reasons to buy
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    Sprightly handling

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    Great at reducing road buzz

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    Solid spec

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    Good value

Reasons to avoid
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    Heavy wheels

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    Frame probably due an update

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If you’ve been in the market for an endurance road bike anytime in the last fifteen years the Cannondale Synapse, first launched in 2005, has probably been on your shortlist.

However, the last frame update first broke cover in 2017 and so it is now arguably showing its age, bereft as it is of fancy elstometers or funky tube junctions. To look at this 105 equipped carbon framed model in its rave battleship colour scheme it looks like an archetypal road bike.

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