Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6 Road Bike

5/5 (1 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: Synapse Carbon S.A.V.E BB30
  • Fork: Synapse S.A.V.E., carbon blades
  • Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick, 700 x 23c, foldable
  • Rear Cogs: SRAM PG-950, 12-26
  • Handlebars: Cannondale C3, 31.8


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Turtle Torque a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2011

Strengths:    Frame. Very well made and stiff. I dont know if it's a marketing gimick, but the SAVE rear doesnt flex for me. I'm a 175lbs rider and I didnt notice any flex, but wow does it dampen road vibration. like the apex group and the 11-32 cassette. If you're getting back into biking...this is the cassette you need. It will help you with climbing until you build your leg strength/spin.

Weaknesses:    Saddle is ok. It's nicely padded, but felt little too padded and wider around the nose and I was getting pain then numbness around the perineal area, so I replaced the with specialized toupe expert saddle. the Shimano R500 wheels are heavy. almost 2000gr. That's just the wheels. You wont get a quick snap take off with those wheels. I replaced them with Mercury S-Alloy wheels. Schawlbe Laguna Tires. They just didnt roll well with me so I replaced them with Schwable Ultremo ZX tires. for $1699, I would expect the components on this model, so I'm not complaining since I was expecting this. I chose this bike because I wanted to upgrade components that I like and know that will work for me. So please take it with a grain of salt.

Bottom Line:   
Got back into road biking after 3 years off. family stuff, you know how that goes. I knew I wanted to go carbon and been keeping my eye on the synapse for a long time. I actually came close to getting the madone 4.1 and decided synapse was a better bike to me not to mention $300 cheaper. I had a Caad8 R800 and it was one stiff bike and I felt spread out. Maybe it's just me getting older, but the synapse felt way more comfortable. I did a 40 mile bike ride on my 6th time on the saddle and next day my back wasnt even close to being sore. Carbon does give a nice ride. It dampens the road vibration very well and the SRAM components is delight to use. I felt at home right off the bat using SRAM which I was little concern since I used nothing but Shimano for 5 years. Very easy to get use to. The bike felt like a bull dancing with a ballerina. It had the finesse and grace moving the bike around and a bull like charging for the red cape with strength and stiffness all at once. Compared to Specialized Robouix and Madone 4.1 at price tag of $2100. Cannondale Apex carbon 6 for $1699 is a great deal!

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Favorite Ride:   Silver Comet, Sugarloaf, back roads

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Lifetime Bike Loganv

Similar Products Used:   Trek Madone 4.1
Specialized Robouix Apex


Bike Setup:   2011 Cannondale Carbon 6 Apex.
Stock Sram Apex shifters, Front/rear Derailer
SRAM carbon force compact crank (Nothing wrong with Apex Crank. Had extra $$ so I wanted something nice).
Sram 11-32 cassette
Mercury S-Alloy Wheels
Schwalbe Ultremo ZX
Specialized Toupe Expert
Look Keo Plus Pedals
Ravx X beta Carbon bottle cage



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Uh oh. 2012 Synapse Carbon 6 seatpost loose in frame

Just noticed the other day that there is some play in my seatpost where it goes into the frame. This is the teardrop shaped aero carbon post. The two seatpost bolts in the collar are at the proper torque. There is a metal sleeve inside the frame that the seatpost slides into and it seems to be mov ... Read More »

Help me pick my first road bike; Synapse Carbon 6 or SuperSix Evo 5

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Trek Madone 3.1 vs. Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6 105

I'm considering both these bikes and am hoping to get a good comparison. I haven't been able to find one just yet, so I thought I would ask here. My biggest want is endurance, comfort, ability to climb and handle multiple road conditions. I want to go with carbon frame and then upgrade components ... Read More »

Confused! Synapse 2014 Carbon 6 105 / 2014 Disc 5 105 / 2013 Carbon 6 Tiagra

Been looking at a Cannondale Synapse as I really like a comfortable road bike geometry. However, there are too many choices here! [LIST] [*]2014 Carbon 6 105 [*]2014 Disc 5 105 [*]2013 Carbon 6 Tiagra [/LIST] OK, here are the questions / observations I have. The 2013 carbon is cheapest b ... Read More »

Opinion on 2011 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 6

I’m thinking of buying either the 2011 or the 2012 Cannondale Synapse 6 (carbon) and was looking for some opinions on these rides? I realize that the wheels aren't the best but I have a set of Ultegra 6700's that I plan to put on the new bike. Currently I'm on a 2011 Cannondale CAAD9 6, not a racer ... Read More »

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