Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5
Released January, 2009
The Pros:Frame geometry reduces impact from in front and behind, ultimately meaning less bouncing and a smoother ride. Headset and stem produce very responsive steering. Wheelset and hubs are higher quality than expected on similarly priced/niched models.
The Cons:Wheels may seem slightly rigid at times. Tires provide only average grip for this price range.
The Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 is one of Cannondale's cheaper professional bikes. At its cheaper price, it still costs over two thousand dollars, which is still expensive but a far cry from the six thousand dollar price tags of some of the company's other bikes.
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The bike comes built with a BB shell standard which drastically reduces the weight of the bike without affecting its stiffness negatively. The Hollowgram Si SL crankset combines with the frame to make the bike one of the lighter bikes available on the market. The Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 uses specially shaped chain stays and a moderate bend in the seat stays to minimize the amount of road buzz the consumer has to deal with. It comes in three different color options: Race Red, Vivid Blue, and Jet Black, all with a Lightning White gloss.
- Synapse Carbon BB30 frame
- Synapse S.A.V.E. Ultra Carbon Blades fork
- Shimano WH-RS-10 rims, hubs, and spokes
- Maxxis Fuse foldable, 700 X 23C tires
- FSA non-BB30 Gossamer Compact, 34/50 crank
- KMC DX10SC chain
- Control Tech Elite Compact handlebars
- Integrated w/ 25mm alloy top cover headset
- San Marco Ponza Power saddle
- Sizes: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
User Reviews (2)
Frame geometry reduces impact from in front and behind, ultimately meaning less bouncing and a smoother ride
Headset and stem produce very responsive steering
Wheelset and hubs are higher quality than expected on similarly priced/niched models
Saddle very comfortable over long rides
Efficient bottom bracket resists lateral pressure, noticeably converts energy into forward velocity even for heavier riders
Wheels may seem slightly rigid at times
Tires provide only average grip for this price range
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