Cannondale recently launched its new 2014 Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD endurance road bike at a press event in Tuscany, Italy. Utilizing the dusty gravel roads of the fabled Strade Bianche WorldTour race, the Connecticut-based bike maker showed off the new steed built up with a BallisTec carbon frame, which helps balance weight, stiffness and strength. The new bike also incorporates re-designed SAVE PLUS technology for improved shock absorption and control.

The top end version Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD Black Inc. with Dura-Ace 9000 will retail for $8,320, while the next tier Hi-MOD 2 SRAM Red will go for $5,500. Both bikes will be available starting in June. There's also an Ultegra-equipped version in the pipeline for August release, but price is not yet available. You can see full tech specs for all the new bikes on page 2 of this article.

"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," said Bob Burbank, global general manager of Cannondale. "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."

Cannondale says that the 2014 Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD is lighter, stiffer, stronger and smoother than its predecessor. The BallisTec carbon construction also reduces weight, with 56cm frame coming in at a claimed 950 grams, which is highly respectable within the endurance road bike class.



The enhanced SAVE PLUS technology allows the fork, rear stays, seat tube, and seat post to work together to deliver compliance and intuitive handling. But 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 that increases stiffness without adding weight. You can see more in this Cannondale produced video that includes several cameos by Slovakian superstar Peter Sagan.

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The new bike was developed in part with input from Cannondale Pro Cycling riders such as American Ted King and Sagan. Prior to the official launch, some members of the team trained on and raced prototypes of the Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD, providing feedback. And already the bike has proven to be a winner, as Sagan rode his Synapse Carbon Hi-MOD to victories at Belgian's Gent-Wevelgem semi-classic and the first stage of Three Days of De Panne. Sagan was also second at E3 Harelbeke and the 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."

Here's a look at geometry measures, plus a full rundown of key tech specs for the new bike's top three standard models, plus the top line women's specific offering. Thus far we've seen info for six bikes in total (there are two other women's models), meaning the new Synapse will come in 11 different frame sizes - six for men, five for women. Check out Page 2 for full tech specs.





CANNONDALE SYNAPSE CARBON HI-MOD BLACK INC.
MSRP: $8320
AVAILABLE: June 2013

SIZES: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61
FRAME: SYNAPSE, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, SAVE PLUS, BB30A, DI2 COMPATIBLE
FORK: SYNAPSE, SAVE PLUS, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, 1-1/8" TO 1-1/4" TAPERED STEERER

RIMS: VISION METRON 40 CARBON CLINCHER
HUBS: VISION METRON
SPOKES: VISION METRON
TIRES: SCHWALBE ULTREMO ZX, 700X25C, FOLDING

CRANKSET: CANNONDALE HOLLOWGRAM SISL2, BB30A, CANNONDALE OPISPIDERING, 50/34
BOTTOM BRACKET: FSA BB30 BEARING
CHAIN: SHIMANO DURA ACE 9000, 11-SPEED

REAR COG: SHIMANO DURA ACE 9000, 11-28, 11-SPEED
FRONT DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO DURA ACE 9000, BRAZE-ON
REAR DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO DURA ACE 9000

SHIFTERS: SHIMANO DURA ACE 9000
BRAKES: SHIMANO DURA ACE 9000
BRAKE LEVERS: LEVERS: SHIMANO DURA ACE 9000
HANDLEBAR: FSA SL-K COMPACT
GRIPS: CANNONDALE GRIP BAR TAPE W/ GEL, 3.5MM

STEM: FSA OS-99 CSI, 31.8, 6 DEG
HEADSET: SYNAPSE, 1-1/4" LOWER BEARING, 30MM TOPCAP W/ LED LIGHT

SADDLE: FI'ZI:K ALIANTE MONOCOVER W/ K:IUM RAILS
SEAT POST: FSA SL-K CARBON, 25.4X300MM

EXTRAS: HEADSET TOPCAP W/HIGH VISIBILITY INTEGRATED LED. FLASH ND FIXED MODESE



CANNONDALE SYNAPSE CARBON HI-MOD 2 SRAM Red
SIZES: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61
FRAME: SYNAPSE, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, DI2 READY, SAVE PLUS, BB30A
FORK: SYNAPSE, SAVE PLUS, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, 1-1/8" TO 1-1/4" TAPERED STEERER

RIMS: MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITE S WTS
HUBS: MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITE S WTS
SPOKES: MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITE S WTS
TIRES: MAVIC YKSION, 700X28C, FOLDING

CRANKSET: CANNONDALE HOLLOWGRAM SISL2, BB30A, CANNONDALE OPI SPIDERING, 50/34
BOTTOM BRACKET: FSA BB30 BEARING
CHAIN: SRAM PC-1190, 11-SPEED

REAR COG: SRAM XG-1190 11-32, 11-SPEED
FRONT DERAILLEUR: SRAM RED 22, BRAZE-ON
REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM RED 22 WIFLI

SHIFTERS: SRAM RED 22 DOUBLETAP
HANDLEBAR: FSA PRO-WING COMPACT
GRIPS: CANNONDALE GRIP BAR TAPE W/ GEL, 3.5MM
STEM: FSA SL-K, 31.8, 6 DEG
HEADSET: SYNAPSE, 1-1/4" LOWER BEARING, 33MM TOPCAP W/ LED LIGHT

BRAKES: SRAM RED
BRAKE LEVERS: SRAM RED 22

SADDLE: FI'ZI:K ALIANTE DELTA, MG RAILS
SEAT POST: FSA SL-K CARBON, 25.4X350MM

EXTRAS: HEADSET TOPCAP W/HIGH VISIBILITY INTEGRATED LED. FLASH AND FIXED MODES



CANNONDALE SYNAPSE CARBON HI-MOD 3 Ultegra
MSRP: $5550
AVAILABLE: June 2013

SIZES: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61
FRAME: SYNAPSE, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, DI2 READY, SAVE PLUS, BB30A
FORK: SYNAPSE, SAVE PLUS, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, 1-1/8" TO 1-1/4" TAPERED STEERER

RIMS: MAVIC KSYRIUM EQUIPE S WTS
HUBS: MAVIC KSYRIUM EQUIPE S
SPOKES: MAVIC KSYRIUM EQUIPE S
TIRES: MAVIC YKSION 700X28C, FOLDING

CRANKSET: CANNONDALE HOLLOWGRAM SI, BB30A, FSA CHAINRINGS 50/34
BOTTOM BRACKET: FSA BB30 BEARING
CHAIN: SHIMANO ULTEGRA
REAR COG: SHIMANO ULTEGRA, 11-28

FRONT DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO ULTEGRA, BRAZE-ON
REAR DERAILLEUR: SHIMANO ULTEGRA
SHIFTERS: SHIMANO ULTEGRA

HANDLEBAR: CANNONDALE C1 COMPACT, HYDROFORMED 7050 ALLOY
GRIPS: CANNONDALE GRIP BAR TAPE W/ GEL, 3.5MM
STEM: CANNONDALE C1, 31.8MM, 6 DEG.
HEADSET: SYNAPSE, 1-1/4" LOWER BEARING, 30MM TOPCAP W/ LED LIGHT

BRAKES: SHIMANO ULTEGRA
BRAKE LEVERS: SHIMANO ULTEGRA

SADDLE: FI'ZI:K ALIANTE DELTA, MG RAILS
SEAT POST: FSA SL-K CARBON, 25.4X350MM

EXTRAS: HEADSET TOPCAP W/HIGH VISIBILITY INTEGRATED LED. FLASH AND FIXED MODES



CANNONDALE SYNAPSE HI-MOD Women's 2 Red
SIZES: 44, 48, 51, 54, 56
FRAME: SYNAPSE WOMEN'S, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, DI2 READY, SAVE PLUS, BB30A
FORK: SYNAPSE, SAVE PLUS, BALLISTEC HI-MOD CARBON, 1-1/8" TO 1-1/4" TAPERED STEERER

RIMS: MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITE S WTS
HUBS: MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITE S
SPOKES: MAVIC KSYRIUM ELITE S
TIRES: MAVIC YKSION, 700X25C, FOLDING
CRANKSET: CANNONDALE HOLLOWGRAM SI, BB30A, FSA CHAINRINGS 50/34
BOTTOM BRACKET: CANNONDALE ALLOY PF30 BB CUP, FSA BB30 BEARING
CHAIN: SRAM PC-1190, 11-SPEED

REAR COG: SRAM PG-1190, 11-32, 11-SPEED
FRONT DERAILLEUR: SRAM RED 22, BRAZE-ON
REAR DERAILLEUR: SRAM RED 22 WIFLI

SHIFTERS: SRAM RED 22 DOUBLETAP W/ REACH ADJUST
HANDLEBAR: FSA PRO-WING COMPACT
GRIPS: CANNONDALE GRIP BAR TAPE W/GEL, 3.5MM
STEM: FSA SL-K, 31.8, 6 DEG
HEADSET: SYNAPSE, 1-1/4" LOWER BEARING, 33MM TOPCAP W/ LED LIGHT

BRAKES: SRAM RED
BRAKE LEVERS: SRAM RED DOUBLETAP W/ REACH ADJUST

SADDLE: FI'ZI:K VESTA, MG RAILS
SEAT POST: FSA SL-K CARBON, 25.4X350MM

EXTRAS: HEADSET TOPCAP W/HIGH VISIBILITY INTEGRATED LED. FLASH AND FIXED MODES