This is for the riders. You know the ones — the chargers, the searchers, the hammers with nothing to prove — except to themselves. The ones who live to go long and go hard, and return home with nothing in the tank but the glow of a ride well ridden.
New frame weighs just 950g (over 220g lighter) with a level of stiffness normally reserved for World Tour sprinters’ rigs. This thing is fast.
The updated SAVE Micro-Suspension in the frame and fork is complemented by the addition of the SAVE seatpost, for enhanced comfort and performance enhancement that keeps you protected from shocks and vibration yet connected to the feel of the ride.
ENDURANCE RACE GEOMETRY
The rider position perfectly balances low, forward efficiency and upright comfort, for a “just-right” feel that encourages full-gas exploits and all-day sessions.
The new Synapse takes our size-specific construction philosophy to a whole new level. Not only does every frame size get its own rider-appropriate carbon layup and tube dimensions, we also utilize three different fork steerer and headtube diameters with three different fork offsets to ensure that every rider enjoys the same ride-feel and handling, regardless of size.
With full clearance for tires up to a whopping 32mm wide, and subtle, hidden fender mounts, the new Synapse is ready and willing to explore the wilder side of endurance riding.
When it's just not for the sake of saving grams - in other words, when it's combined with racey snap and sublime feel – there’s just no substitute for light weight. 950 grams for a frame like this? Believe it.
Race Level Stiffness
An asymmetrically designed frame and fork balance pedalling and disc loads to deliver World Tour sprinter level stiffness. Get ready to lay down power and rail corners like you wouldn't believe.
Size Specific Tubing
Size-specific diameters on the frame, head tube and fork steerer, along with three different fork offsets, ensure that each frame size matches the weight and power of the rider for whom it’s made. It's the kind of Nth degree obsessiveness that elevates the truly great above the merely good.
Endurance Race Geometry
The name pretty much says it all. Endurance Race Geometry strikes the perfect performance balance between full race aggression and the relaxed upright comfort of other "endurance" rigs. The rider position gives you what you need to go hard, with just enough rise to encourage you to go long; and the handling is agile enough to keep things spicy, yet still stable and composed when things get dicey. In short, it's built to perform, not just endure.
Room for 32
Embrace the backroads, the rough roads, the highways and the byways. With room in the front and rear for tires as big as 32mm (measured/actual) and SAVE Micro-Suspension, Synapse is ready for any road, anywhere.
Hidden mounts and a removable seat-stay bridge ensure that the Synapse is fully fender-ready for long days with no spray.
Cable Access Port
Electrical, wireless, mechanical (hell, mount a flat-screen up there if you want), the Synapse’s intelligent and adaptable down-tube cable port keeps things clean, tidy and dialed.
The road bicycle is not restricted to the road. When pavement crumbles away, don't flinch. The Synapse comes standard with clearance for 32mm tires and front and rear thru-axles. Take that proficiency of locked-in lower PSI, wider tires and the Synapse's SAVE Micro-Suspension platform, and the bike's ready to roll over all gravel roads, at full speed. Ted King raced it in Paris-Roubaix. Tim Johnson swaps it with his cyclocross bike. Neither blink when they hit gravel. And neither slows down.
Welcome the attack. The counterattack. And the counter-counter attack. In a group of strong riders, no one slips away easily — but only one reaches the summit first. We leveled the playing field, putting all climbers on this 950-gram, asymmetrical frame, where lightness meets stiffness in the most powerful way. The young, local gun Hunter Grove facing off with the seasoned, semi-retired Phil Gaimon. The grade increases. The hills wind upward. And the Synapse snaps into action. Who has the legs? Who has the lungs? The bike is willing and able. Are you?
Speed is not one dimensional. It's a confluence of forces. Watts. Wind. Grade. Absorption. Geometry. Stiffness. And the guts inside of you. On remote roads, tranquility is often exchanged for road quality. Amber Pierce and Ayesha McGowen, two Northeasterners, know this well. And with a little help from the SAVE Micro-Suspension, a more forgiving geometry, and the option to run up to 32mm tires, these two racers ride hard, no matter how rough the pavement. Because when the road becomes ragged, the strong — and properly-equipped — power through.
The Synapse has always been a machine dedicated to the pursuit of full-day, full-throttle adventures. A legendary platform – multiple Bike-of-the-Year winner, raced by the world's best in the world's toughest races, hero of countless unnamed and unheralded exploits – the new bike takes what has always worked and makes it better...much, much better.
View the stories of our true endurance athletes aboard the All-New Synapse.View our True Endurance Stories