Once upon a time, a road bike was simply a road bike. It was lightweight, efficient, and it was designed to be raced. As road cycling has increased in popularity however, bike companies realised that not everyone was interested in racing. Some of us just wanted to get out for a social ride with our mates from time to time, while others wanted to simply explore new roads and new routes in the backcountry. Having a lightweight bike was nice, but riding something that was nervous and twitchy on anything that wasn’t a smooth racetrack didn’t exactly help. Enter the endurance road bike. Designed for riders who simply want to ride, be it socially or for epic long-distance rides, the Synapse is the ideal partner when comfort and stable handling are more important than things like aerodynamics and heart rate monitors. If those things are important to you, then you’ll want to check out the CAAD Optimo for a lightweight alloy race bike. But for those riders who want a versatile do-it-all road bike, the Synapse Alloy is your perfect entry point into the endurance road bike world.
Whilst coming in at a much more accessible price point than the carbon model, the Synapse Alloy takes many of its design cues from its pricier sibling. That includes features such as the oversized BB30 bottom bracket system, and a head tube that uses integrated cartridge bearings and a tapered design for added stiffness. Cannondale has employed its SmartForm aluminium on the Synapse, which sees the alloy tubes heavily manipulated to add curves and bends where added strength is required. The tubes also vary their internal thickness to reduce material where it isn’t needed, helping to shed overall weight. Slender seat stays help to encourage flex through the back of the bike, so less road vibrations make their way up and into the saddle. The result is a smoother, quieter and more comfortable ride.
The Synapse Alloy Sora represents the entry-point into the Synapse range, and offers excellent performance for riders who are just getting into road cycling. A the other end of the range is the Shimano 105-equipped model, which also gets disc brakes for added stopping power and consistency in wet weather conditions.