It’s one of the least creative bike names on our showroom floor at the moment, but the Cannondale Synapse Carbon Ultegra Disc pretty much tells you what it’s about straight out of the box.
Well, if you’re not familiar you may not be up to speed with the “Synapse” part of the name. That refers to Cannondale’s more ‘comfortable’ road bikes. They’re made to be a little more compliant and road bump absorbing, and sit you a bit more upright to take some strain off of your lower back and wrists. They’re not quite as nimble as Cannondale’s CAAD and Super series but the other way to say that is to say they’re not as twitchy. All in all the Synapse makes for a great all round road riding bike that won’t beat you up in the name of squeezing every last ounce of efficiency out of an uncompromising design, but it’s still a perfectly great bike for local group ride hammerfests and races.
You can probably figure out the rest of this particular Synapse’ description. It’s Ultegra equipped and it has disc brakes. That pushes the price to $4900 plus taxes, which ain’t cheep, but isn’t otherworldly expensive either, and gets you a bike that will fill virtually every on-road need now and for years to come.