The new Cannondale Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD was launched on the dusty gravel roads of the fabled Strade Bianche in Tuscany this week. A destination that hosts a race with varied terrain and a long, competitive day in the saddle was the perfect spot to debut the all-new Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD. With a BallisTec carbon frame for the ideal balance of weight, stiffness and strength, along with re-designed SAVE PLUS technology for improved shock absorption and control, the race-inspired Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD redefines the endurance bike.
“The 2014 Synapse Hi-MOD is a showcase of next-generation technology,” said Bob Burbank, Global General Manager, Cannondale. “This bike was built with the hard-core enthusiast in mind and encompasses the features he or she needs to take part in any Gran Fondo, challenging race or epic ride. We chose the gravel roads of Tuscany for the official unveiling because that type of varied terrain is where this bike was designed to truly excel.”
The 2014 Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD is lighter, stiffer, stronger and smoother than its predecessor. Thanks to BallisTec carbon construction, the frame is not only remarkably strong and stiff, but also is one of the lightest in the endurance road category at just 950 grams. With enhanced SAVE PLUS technology, the fork, rear stays, seat tube, and seat post work seamlessly together to deliver silky-smooth compliance and intuitive handling. The most striking visual feature on the new frame is the Power Pyramid seat tube, which splits asymmetrically at the bottom to accommodate a new, wider bottom bracket for serious stiffness without added weight.
Input from Cannondale Pro Cycling riders played a significant role in the development process of the bike. Select members of the team have ridden and raced prototypes of the Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD, providing essential feedback in the quest to build the best possible bike. So far this season, Peter Sagan and his Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD have won both Gent-Wevelgem and the first stage of Three Days of De Panne, and taken second at E3 Harelbeke and Tour of Flanders.
“During the development process, there is no substitute for having some of the best cyclists in the peloton race the bike and really put it to the test. Cannondale Pro Cycling has had a great spring riding the Synapse Hi-MOD in the early Classics,” said Burbank. “Now, we’re proud to be launching this bike to all cyclists as the ultimate partner for their epic rides.”
To learn more about the all new Cannondale Synapse Carbon visit www.cannondale.com/synapse.