SYNAPSE 5 105

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The un-race road machine.

Carbon Bladed Fork

Carbon fork blades with integrated SAVE features provide additional comfort and sharp handling.

SAVE PLUS Rear Stay Micro-Suspension System

By flattening and butting the chain stays and triaxially forming the seat stays, we create a rear stay assembly that allows significant deflection vertically to absorb road shock and vibration, while staying extremely rigid laterally for power transfer and confident cornering.

Performance Geometry

Compared with our Elite race geometry, the Synapse geometry features a taller head tube (2-2.5 cm taller), gently sloping top tube, slightly relaxed head angle and longer wheelbase. This combination provides a more upright riding position and a lively, yet stable feel. It’s confidence inspiring and relaxing but avoids the sluggish feel and awkward handling of many “comfort” road bikes.

Frame

Synapse Alloy, Optimized 6061 Alloy, SAVE PLUS, BB30

Fork

Synapse SAVE, carbon blades, 1-1/8"

Crank

FSA Gossamer, BB30, 50/34 (Option: triple 50/39/30)

Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30

Shifters

Shimano 105 5700, 34.9mm clamp

Cog Set

Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12-28, 10-speed

Chain

KMC X10, 10-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano Tiagra

Rear Derailleur

Shimano 105

Rims

Shimano RS10

Hubs

Shimano RS10

Tires

Schwalbe Lugano, 700x25c

Pedals

Wellgo

Brake

Tektro R539, dual pivot, cartridge pad, long reach

Handlebar

Cannondale C3 Compact

Stem

Cannondale C3, 31.8, 6 deg.

Headset

Synapse Si, 25mm top cap

Spokes

Shimano RS10

Grips

Cannondale Suede Bar Tape w/ gel, 3.5mm

Saddle

Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Crmo Rails

Seat Post

Cannondale C3, carbon wrapped, 27.2x300mm

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cannondaleSYNAPSE 5 105
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Handles well (13)
  • Attractive (12)
  • Comfortable (12)
  • Great components (10)
  • Lightweight (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road biking (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (13), Casual/ recreational (4)
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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best Bang for the Buck

    By AluminumHero

    from Virginia

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

          Bought this bike a year ago - was my first road bike and I intended to use it to get in shape. Ended up dropping 25lbs, did a century ride and started commuting on it. I couldn't ask for more in a bike at this price point - it did ship without grease in the bottom bracket (!) but once my local shop figured that out, all the initial creaks were gone and it's been a workhorse every since - 2,000 miles and only worn out tires to deal with...

          If you're considering this bike (or the 2014 update with disc brakes), then you're probably not in the market for a high end carbon race bike. If you're trying to decide between this and paying an extra few hundred dollars on a carbon frame with worse components, stick with the Synapse. You'll pass all the weekend clowns on their carbon bikes and feel good about your purchase every time.

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          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Entry-level Bike

          By AWC

          from Dumont, NJ

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                I ride 15 - 20 miles three to four times per week for fitness. I replaced the seat with a better quality seat at purchase but otherwise the bike is stock. Excellent response, not too rough a ride for aluminum, good shifters and breaks and light enough for a fitness bike.

                Thoroughly enjoying the bike and the ride.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                Impressive ride

                By Jared

                from Grand Rapids, MI

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

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                      Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                      Light, comfortable, fast, handsome, and well-built. I've put a few hundred miles on it and it is just insanely fun to ride. I can't think of any components I'd want to swap out, except the white tape, which is more of a charcoal color by this point.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic road bike

                      By cubicle cowboy

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

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                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                            I've ridden this bike for almost 7,000 miles for commuting and pleasure. My daily rides tend to be between 30-40 miles.

                            Pluses:
                            1. The rear triangle design works very well in smoothing out the bumps on the road.
                            2. The geometry is relaxed, so it's easier on your body.
                            3. It handles very well.
                            4. It's comfortable. My legs give out before my body.

                            Minuses:
                            1. The stock front derailleur seems to miss shifting into the lowest gear unless you're rather gentle with it. The chain drops onto the frame.
                            2. Stock saddle isn't that great. I replaced it with a Specialized Milano seat.

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                            • No

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Bike!

                            By Argon2112

                            from Connecticut

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Comfortable
                            • Durable
                            • Great Components
                            • Handles Well
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Biking

                              Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                              Just a great bike for someone looking to get into shape and have fun doing it. I bought this at one of the best local bike shops and the folks there did a great job setting it up for me. I've been biking for over 30 years but this is my first experience on a road bike. My past experiences has been BMX and mountain biking and mostly 80's and 90's bikes, so the Synapse 5 was a huge step up in technology for me. It rides great, corners amazing and all of the components work flawlessly. Every time I ride it, I'm amazed at its performance. The only limitation has been my endurance. Would highly recommend this bike to anyone looking to get into road cycling.

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                              4.0

                              Stands Up and Stands Out

                              By Arlington Synapse

                              from Arlington, VA

                              About Me Avid Cyclist

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Comfortable
                              • Great Components
                              • Handles Well

                              Cons

                              • Tiagra Front Derailleur

                              Best Uses

                              • Commuting
                              • Fitness Riding
                              • Long Distance
                              • Road Biking

                              Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                              I was not an avid cyclist until I bought this bike. Now I can't stop riding it, even starting commuting on it. I remember wanting a Cannondale fat tubed aluminum mountain bike when I was a kid - I am too old to go barreling down a singletrack now, and carbon is the material of the day, but this bike honestly can't be beat.

                              You can spend a lot more on a carbon frame to look like the pros, but you'l probably get worse component sets, and you're not going to ride any faster. The speed comes with practice.

                              I like the brushed aluminum finish - it flies in the face of the "carbon look," which includes other aluminum bikes painted a flat color to fool you...

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                              4.0

                              Shoots above its weight

                              By Bill

                              from Gold Coast, Australia

                              About Me Avid Cyclist

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Great Components
                              • Handles Well

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Biking

                                Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                This is a great bike for the price. The alloy construction is first class and the comfort and handling really encourage me to tackle those longer rides - I can't wait for weekends. Mine is in 'Raw' and it looks great.

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                                • No

                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Cruisin'

                                By G-money

                                from Bay Area, CA

                                About Me Avid Cyclist

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Durable
                                • Handles Well

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Commuting
                                • Road Biking

                                Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                Have had it for a year now. Attractive, comfy and for the price with 105 components, it can't be beat. Good beginner bike. I weigh 245 and on downhill when I want breaks, the break pads are not useful for a guy my size. I'd recommend softer, stickier brake pads and some black handle bar wraps cause after a ride or two, the white wraps get filthy.

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                                • No

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great bike

                                By Aussiep

                                from Virginia

                                About Me Avid Cyclist

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Comfortable
                                • Handles Well

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Road Biking

                                  Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                  My first Cannondale bike. It is very comfortable and a pleasure to ride. Well constructed and the components are great. I would recommend this bike.

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Love, love, love this bike!

                                  By Shura18

                                  from Presque Isle, MI

                                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Durable
                                  • Great Components
                                  • Handles Well
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Road Biking

                                    Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                    Love my Synapse 5! I feel like I am flying when I ride it. For an aluminum frame bike it is pretty lightweight. Shifts well, handles well. I am very happy!

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Got What I Paid For

                                    By Motivator

                                    from Nigeria

                                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Handles Well
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Road Biking

                                      Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                      I got what I paid for, a bike that would enable me keep up with the pack during group rides. Not only was I able to keep up, I was also able to stay ahead of the pack during a metric century ride.

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                                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Rides like the wind

                                      By Zupa Julio

                                      from Houston, Texas

                                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Durable
                                      • Great Components
                                      • Handles Well
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Road Biking

                                        Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                        Best bang for the money. Just rode it yesterday for the first time and could not believe how awesome this bike is. The factory seat is great, the bike rides great and for how light the bike is, it absorbes the road very well. Rides better than bikes twice as expensive. Try it and you will understand what I mean.

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                                        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great bike for a long rider

                                        By A Long Rider

                                        from Atlanta, GA

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Comfortable
                                        • Cushioned Ride
                                        • Fast Enough
                                        • Great Components
                                        • Handles Well
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Looks Good
                                        • Quality Saddle
                                        • Shifts Flawlessly

                                        Cons

                                        • None At This Price Point

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Long rides
                                        • Road Biking

                                        Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                        The Synapse 5 has been excellent for me. Its geometry adapted easily to the sized up "French Fit" that I prefer. The 56cm frame fits me like a tailored suit after changing the seatpost to a zero degree offset and setting the saddle to bar drop to about 4.5cm. I can ride all day with no discomfort in my back, neck, and shoulders and without numbness in my hands.
                                        The Synapse 5 is an endurance bike not a racer, but I ride fast for an endurance rider. It was the last of ten bikes I test rode, and I immediately recognized I could ride it fast enough with the most comfort.
                                        Of the seven aluminum bikes that I tested, the Synapse 5 was the best at cushioning road roughness. The SAVE Plus Suspension System, SAVE Carbon Bladed Forks, and 25mm tires definitely soften the ride. The Synapse 5 steers easily and handles responsively. The Shimano 105 shifters are consistently reliable and smooth. The quality, stability, and comfort of the Stage Ergo saddle have surprised me as I had expected to change it out. The brushed aluminum frame and its attractive build are compliment getters.
                                        The only modification to my bike has been the FSA SL- K carbon zero degree offset seatpost in the final fitting. The Shimano RS10 wheels and Schwalbe Lugano tires ride just fine, and as a side note they are also both found on the higher priced Synapse Carbon 5 105 2013 . The Tektro R539 brakes do a good job stopping the bike. The LBS has been right that properly fitted the Synapse 5 is a great bike at its price point. Everything about the bike is working well, and I will not change any of its components until I see a major advantage or need to do so.

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                                        • No

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Synapse 105

                                        By CD

                                        from Santa Clarita

                                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Comfortable
                                        • Great Components
                                        • Handles Well
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Road Biking

                                          Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                          Excellent handling and comfort. The geometry is excellent for endurance or racing. The back triangle is very well engineered, ensuring significant reductions of vibration and harshness. Had a FELT racing bike with ultegra, this bike is just as fast, and the new 105 group is very similar to Ultegra from 5 years ago. A good compromise for racing and endurance. The chainstays are like no other in the under 2000 price range. The staff at the all the LBS selling Cannondale in Santa Clarita are really kind and friendly. I would recommend them to everyone.

                                          PS: The paint scheme and detailing is super attractive, especially in white.

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                                          • No

                                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Worth waiting for!

                                          By Str8up

                                          from Gainesville, GA.

                                          About Me Avid Cyclist

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive Design
                                          • Comfortable
                                          • Durable
                                          • Great Components
                                          • Handles Well
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Road Biking

                                            Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                            I wanted the 2012 model in the raw silver color and after not finding it last October 2011 I had my store contact Cannondale and was informed that that color in my size was seriously backordered and wouldn't be available for several months. Finely in August 2012 the bike was shipped to my store and it was well worth the wait. It is everything I thought it would be and I get great comments everytime I ride. Great road bike...

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                                            • No

                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Nice road bike

                                            By Sleepy58

                                            from Monkton, Md

                                            About Me Avid Cyclist

                                            Pros

                                            • Attractive Design
                                            • Comfortable
                                            • Durable
                                            • Great Components
                                            • Handles Well
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Road Biking

                                              Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                              I bought a 2010 model in September 2011. I now have 4300 miles on the bike. Very comfortable.

                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

                                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              The Price is Right Bike

                                              By Willie

                                              from Waldorf, MD

                                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive Design
                                              • Comfortable
                                              • Great Components
                                              • Handles Well
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Quality

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Road Biking

                                                Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE 5 105:

                                                I bought 2 bikes for my wife and I for our 30th wedding anniversary and we have enjoyed every single minute of it. It's a smooth fast riding bike. Gears shift on the dime and the seat is very comfortable with a good pair of cycling pants.

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