$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Review

Ultra thin seat post, unique seat tube shape highlight this rough road tamer

$3k Endurance Bike Shootout 2014 Road Bike

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The Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 sits between pure race and pure endurance.

Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Key Details
  • Price: $3200
  • Frame Size: 58cm
  • Full Weight: 17.11 pounds
  • Front wheel with skewer, tire and tube: 1240 grams
  • Rear wheel with cassette, skewer, tire and tube: 1680 grams
Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Full Spec
  • Frame Material: Synapse Carbon 3
  • Color: Red, white, blue
  • Fork: Save Plus
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra (11-32)
  • Crankset: FSA SL-K Light (50-34)
  • Chain: Shimano Ultegra
  • Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
  • Wheels: Mavic Aksium
  • Tires: Mavic Aksion
  • Bars: Cannondale C2
  • Stem: Cannondale C2
  • Saddle: Fizik Aliante
  • Seat post: Cannondale
  • Cables/Housing: Shimano
  • Cable Routing: Internal

For more information visit www.cannondale.com.

Check out the extended photo gallery to see and learn more about the Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3.

$3k Endurance Bike Shootout: Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Review Gallery
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Cable routing is fully internal, maintaining this bike's silky smooth lines,
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Beefier chainstays help the bike maintain stiffness and pedaling efficiency.
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The fork utilizes offset dropouts, producing more rake, which adds compliance while maintaining ride feel.
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Cockpit components are Cannondale house brand. Some testers were turned off by the tall head cap,
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A Fizik Aliante saddle tops the ultra spindly seat post.
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Mavic wheels and tires were a welcome addition.
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The unique shape of the seat tube helps maintain stiffness and keeps weight down.
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We prefer complete groupsets, but this compact carbon crankset helps keep weight low.
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By recessing the clamping point, there's more seat post exposed, which increases deflection.
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For our wide tire test we used a pair of 27c Challenge Paris Roubaix tires that actually measured closer to 30mm.
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Clearance was not an issue.
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MSRP: $3200
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The rough roads north of Boulder, Colorado, provided a solid testing ground.
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Weight and price comparison for all the bikes in this test.
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Key geometry measures for all the bikes in this test.
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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