SYNAPSE CARBON 3 ULTEGRA

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msrp  $ 3350

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Elite-race performance meets all-day comfort.

SAVE PLUS Full Carbon Fork

Offset dropouts allow the fork blades to have the vertical compliance of a shallow rake fork, without sacrificing the Synapses nimble, precise handling. Refined carbon lay-up and SAVE shaping further enhance the forks vertical compliance.

SAVE PLUS Rear Stay Micro-Suspension System

A directional carbon lay-up and exaggerated vibration-absorbing tube shapes give the SAVE PLUS chain stay/seat stay system 13% more vertical deflection than the previous version, while actually improving the frames lateral and torsional stiffness.

Performance Geometry

Compared with our Elite race geometry, the Synapse features a 2-2.5 cm taller head tube, slightly relaxed head angle and longer wheelbase for a more upright riding position and a stable yet lively feel. It's confidence-inspiring, relaxing and it avoids the sluggish feel and awkward handling of many road bikes.

Frame

Synapse, full carbon, SAVE PLUS, BB30

Fork

Synapse, full carbon, SAVE PLUS, 1-1/8"

Crank

FSA SL-K Light Carbon BB30, 50/34

Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30

Shifters

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Cog Set

Shimano Ultegra 6700, 11-28, 10-speed

Chain

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Front Derailleur

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Rims

Mavic Aksium WTS

Hubs

Mavic Aksium WTS

Tires

Mavic Aksion, 700x25c, folding

Pedals

n/a

Brake

Shimano Ultegra 6700

Handlebar

Cannondale C2 Compact

Stem

Cannondale C2, 31.8, 6 deg.

Headset

Synapse Si, 25mm top cap

Spokes

Mavic Aksium WTS

Grips

New Cannondale Bar tape w/ gel, 2.5mm

Saddle

Fi'zi:k Aliante Delta, Mg rails

Seat Post

Cannondale C2, UD carbon, 27.2x300mm

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        5.0

        Cannondale excels again

        By Special K

        from Norman, OK

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              Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE CARBON 3 ULTEGRA:

              2012 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra was a 60th Birthday present. I generally ride 1 or 2 club rides a week, a group ride on Sat. and an recovery ride on Sunday afternoon. I have been extremely pleased with all aspects of the bicycle. Very comfortable, responsive, shifts like a dream (haven't missed a shift), soaks up the rough roads, ascends like a mountain goat, descends like it's on rails, looks great rides even better. As matter of fact it might be TOO light as it's a little sketchy on windy descents. It's a lot better bicycle than I am a rider!!!

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              5.0

              Very Happy!!

              By Ronnie H.

              from Columbia, TN

              About Me Competitive Cyclist

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                    Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE CARBON 3 ULTEGRA:

                    I am an amateur competitive cyclist and have found this to be an excellent fit for me. Powerful acceleration and high top end speed with great comfort for the long rides. Looking forward to many more miles on my Synapse 3!!!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    cannondale is the best made bikes

                    By Double V

                    from Pawling n.y.

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Pros

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

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                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE CARBON 3 ULTEGRA:

                      I Have the 2005 ultegra synapse(all blk)--8yrs later and i'm still loving it--never had a issue-great shifting -spot on control--climbs with the best of them--all day comfort and good looking too. Cannondale has always been dedicated to performance and comfort and that's exactely what you get from the synapse--I hope to have it for many more yrs--Iam 57 yrs young and never feel stiff after several hrs in the saddle Thank you C-dale..

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                      4.0

                      Fast and comfortable

                      By Kevin

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Competitive Cyclist

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                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Comfortable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Cornering

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about cannondale SYNAPSE CARBON 3 ULTEGRA:

                      Due to lower back problems, I couldn't ride my 2008 SystemSix very long before my back started hurting. I had to adopt a very upright position on my SystemSix, but it didn't help much. I'd read about the vibration damping qualities of the Synapse and decided it was worth a try. It has made a noticeable difference in my comfort on longer rides.

                      I've only had the bike a few weeks, and crashed heavily in a race a week after getting it, so I haven't had a lot of time on it. The Synapse Carbon 3 is actually lighter than my SystemSix and is a fast bike, but doesn't have the same snap in cornering that the SystemSix has. I switched the compact crank with a standard crank for racing, but other than that the bike is as spec'ed. It's a very nice looking bike - I got the black/blue color.

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