Synapse Disc 5 105

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Endurance Refined.

Spirited rides with the group, taking the long way home on the daily commute, or enjoying that charity ride in blissful comfort, the Synapse Alloy is built for enjoying the miles, at whichever pace you choose.

Synapse Alloy is:

  • Equipped with disc brakes on several models for great stopping and control.
  • SAVE PLUS micro-suspension provides a ride that is uncannily smooth.
  • Rear rack mounts and extra clearance for fenders adds commuter versatility to the Synapse line.

Rider Profile:

The ideal first road bike for someone looking for comfort, performance, versatility and value in equal measure.

TECHNOLOGIES

  • SAVE PLUS Alloy Micro-Suspension
    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.
  • Endurance Geometry
    Compared with our Elite race geometry, the Synapse geometry features a taller head tube (2-2.5cm 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.
  • Optimized 6061 Alloy Construction
    Cannondale’s legendary double-pass smooth welds join optimally shaped taper-butted tubes for a great combination of svelte light weight, stiffness and durability.
  • Carbon Bladed Fork
    Carbon fork blades with integrated SAVE features provide additional comfort and sharp handling.
  • BB30 System
    Cannondale invented BB30 13 years ago to take crank and frame performance to the next level and it has become THE industry standard for stiffness and light weight. Found on both the 105 and Tiagra equipped models.
  • Rack and Fender Mounts
    Subtle, understated rack and fender mounts add versatility.
  • Disc Brakes
    The Synapse Alloy is the first Cannondale road bike to feature disc brakes for great stopping power and exceptional control.

Frame

Synapse Alloy Disc, Optimized 6061 Alloy, SAVE PLUS, BB30

Fork

Synapse SAVE Disc, Carbon blades, 1-1/8"

Crank

FSA Gossamer, BB30, 50/34

Bottom Bracket

FSA BB30

Shifters

Shimano 105 5700

Cog Set

Shimano Tiagra 4600, 12-30, 10-speed

Chain

KMC X10, 10-speed

Front Derailleur

Shimano 105 5700, 31.8 clamp

Rear Derailleur

Shimano 105 5700

Rims

Maddux RD 3.0 Disc, 28-hole (32h 58 -61cm)

Hubs

Formula, DC-20 front, DC-22 rear

Tires

Schwalbe Lugano PP, 700x25c

Pedals

Wellgo w/ Clip and Strap

Brake

Promax Render R, 160mm front, 140mm rear

Handlebar

Cannondale C3 Compact, butted 6061 alloy

Stem

Cannondale C3, 31.8, 6 deg.

Headset

Synapse Si, 25mm top cap

Brake Levers

Shimano 105 5700

Spokes

Stainless Steel, 15g

Grips

Cannondale Grip Bar Tape w/Gel, 3.5mm

Saddle

Cannondale Stage Ergo w/ Crmo Rails

Seat Post

Cannondale C3, Alloy, 25.4x300mm

Rear Shock

N/A

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Synapse Disc 5 105
 
3.8

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        4.0

        Incredible First Bike

        By Kevin S

        from Burlington, Ontario Canada

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              Comments about Synapse Disc 5 105:

              I purchased the Synapse 5 Disc 105 on sale in Montreal, Qc for $1200. I had only ridden a Giant Hybrid for the last 15 years and needed a road bike to keep up with my wife.

              I only ride a few times a week covering anywhere from 25 to 60km and after 5 rides can say that this is one incredible bike. I expected the ride of a road bike to be full of vibration, followed by a sore back and pain but this bike was just the opposite. I can't believe how much I enjoy riding now and how much I look forward to good weather and the next ride. I am a novice as far as road bikes go but for a 49 year old in good shape this has been a great bike for me.

              On a very steep switchback descent today, I pretty well rode the brakes the whole time and yes they were noisy but they worked and that is all I care about. They may be heavy but I am a pretty strong rider and for $1200 I couldn't be happier.

              The steering is very responsive and may take some getting used to for novices. Otherwise, the 105 Grouppo is excellent and makes all the shifting as smooth as butter.

              I can keep up with all of my friends with carbon bikes so if you are on a budget, alloy is a great option that you will not regret.

              Depending on the market and how disc brakes are integrated in the future, I may have different feelings about the disc brakes but if they go mainstream, it will be easier to find replacement wheels in the future.

              If you are looking for a great bike for a beginner, I would highly recommend this bike.

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              3.0

              It's ok, not great

              By Schoolbus

              from Charlotte, NC

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                    Comments about Synapse Disc 5 105:

                    I bought it for the name, Cannondale, I always wanted one, and the disc brakes. The bike is rather heavy compared to the others in the club that I ride with. The brakes are very cool but after 4 months are now getting noisy when used. Discs maybe the way to go in the dirt but on the road it's a waste.The rear derailer is starting to jump too. back to the shop it goes. My riding is getting more advance and I seemed to have out grown it already.

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                    3.0

                    Jury is still out.

                    By climb4fun

                    from greenville,sc

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                          Comments about Synapse Disc 5 105:

                          I live in South Carolina and ride in the mountains. I don't like using my brakes but when I do it is with force, so I figured replacing discs and pads would be more practical than replacing rims and pad. I have ridden mountain bikes with disc brakes for years and I am an advocate. So, I hate to complain about the brakes, but the front brake is ridiculous, it sounds like gears grinding with even moderate pressure applied. I feel it is a harmonics issue with the carbon fibre fork, but since I bought this bike for the disc brakes, I will live with it. However there is more. The first time I rode it, I had a flat less than 10 miles into a 50 mile ride, only the third flat I have ever had on the road. Not the bikes fault, but a little foreboding. The next time I rode, I went down hard in a little right hand turn that I have done hundreds of times, I wrote it off as just not being adjusted to the new bike. This past weekend I was riding up a little incline and noticed the chainring rubbing during slightly hard pedaling, I weigh 140 pounds, I have never flexed a frame or wheels, so I attributed that to the "lightweight" frame and again felt obliged to accept it. Then on the way down from one of my favorite climbs, in a hard left hand turn at about 30 mph, the rearend tried to pass the front and I could hear the rims complaining as the bike struggled to maintain its line. Luckily my hands were not on the brake levers or it could have been very bad. I did taste a little vomit at the bottom of the descent. Afterwards I was wondering if that wobble may have been from the frame or wheels flexing on a rough spot in the curve. Aesthetically the bike is marvelous, beautiful paint and finish.

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                          5.0

                          smooth ride

                          By zac

                          from seattle,wa

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                                Comments about Synapse Disc 5 105:

                                I just bought the 48 and took it out on its first ride today. 22 miles later, it shifts well rides smooth and of course stops on a dime! I love it

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