Aiming to combine superbike performance with all-day riding comfort, the Synapse Hi-Mod is one of the latest road bikes to come from US brand Cannondale. The Synapse sits alongside the SuperSix EVO in the Cannondale road line up, but where the SuperSix EVO is the superlight and sharp-angled race machine that sprinters have wet dreams over, the Synapse is the long-distance endurance race bike. It features a slightly more upright riding position, along with a stretched out wheelbase that helps to deliver more high-speed stability for descending. Along with bump-soothing technologies integrated into the chassis, the Cannondale Synapse is built for riders who love to race long distance events and for those who want a high performance road bike for tackling less-than-perfect bitumen on epic backcountry road rides.
Compared to the regular Synapse Carbon, the Synapse Hi-Mod features exactly the same geometry and all the same frame technologies. That includes the SAVE Plus Micro Suspension rear stays, the SAVE Plus fork, and the slender 25.4mm diameter SAVE carbon seatpost, all of which combine together to provide a smoother bump-free ride. So what exactly is different then? Weight, that’s what. Using a higher grade of BallisTec carbon fibre that Cannondale call ‘Hi-Mod’, the frame is equipped with ultra-high modulus carbon fibres that allow for a stiffer construction whilst using less material. The result is lower weight, and added stiffness in key junctions such as the bottom bracket and the head tube. So if you’re looking for the lightest and highest performing endurance road bike on the market, you’d be hard pressed to look past the Synapse Hi-Mod.
You can get the Synapse Hi-Mod in both rim brake and disc brake options, with the Black Inc version featuring US-made ENVE carbon rims and finishing kit, along with Cannondale’s own superlight cranks and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 shifting.
Drive trainUltegra Di2
Frame buildCarbon Pro