CANNONDALE SYNAPSE CARBON DISC ULTEGRA
FFirst released in 2006, the Synapse is an elder statesman in the world of endurance road bikes, with a wellearned reputation for reliability and comfort.
The latest version has a classic, clean aesthetic that belies some modern tech: space for 32mm tyres, thanks to an asymmetric frame design; hydraulic disc brakes; and 12mm thru-axles for extra stiffness. At a time when some companies have gone with actual shocks on endurance bikes, Cannondale has opted to introduce flex by using a 25.4mm seat post and spindly seat stays. Without the extra weight of active suspension, the Synapse feels bright and lively.