Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Cannondale Synapse - Now Online

SYNAPSE - Cannondale Bicycle Corp.

Cannondale has launched it's Synapse site. The Synapse is their new All Carbon Road Bike Series.

Check it out and dream of smooth tarmac and a fat wallet...

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Blogger Jank said...

I can only imagine - I ride a CAAD 5 with a carbon fork, and completely love it. Smoother than decent steel from the 80's, light, light, light.

The only downside to the Syapse is that it ends a long tradition of all Cannondales being Made in the USA (Not a problem for you, I realize). Cannondale was one of the last manufacturers to make their entire line in the US; lots of makers had outsourced their low-end bikes years ago. I guess it's kind of the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine - there's a lot of great sparkling wine being made in California, South America, etc, but only France can make Champagne. Nostalgia, I guess, is the word for what I'm feeling. Not upset, not sad, not resentful, just wishing Cannondale had been able to find the skillset they'd needed in the US.

But, yeah, it looks like an unbelievable ride. There was an in-depth review in one of the US cycling rags (Velonews) last month, and I was drooling.

4:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I passed by the LBS and found the Cannondale factory team hosting a ride day - new Six13 and Synapse. How could I pass it by? I couldn't. I turned around, went home and drove back as quickly as possible.

I took the Six13 out first; wanting something I could A-B compare. I ride a Mercks Majestic -Ti frame, Record groupo, Mavic Kysrum SSLs. I generally do not ride a lot of frames, and I am an amature for sure - but there was something about the Six13 that was appealing. I was out for about 30-minutes mostly riding rollers.

Then I got on the Synapse. Very similar ride feel, but something clearly different. Mash on the cranks and the bike wants to pull out from under you. It reacts to power in a way the Mercks doesn't; in a way that I could feel.

Really solid on declines, very responsive to power input, quick to climb, almost literally pulling me if I jumped on the pedals.

Now, like I said, I don't ride a lot of different frames, but a difference was obvious and I'm about to drain my bank account once again for yet another cycling pet. :-)

2:22 pm  
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