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Look at Cdale's website, it should give you accurate info on the frames. The synapse SL is a lighter version of their carbon framed synapse. It costs quite a bit more than the regular synapse carbon, but is essentially the same frame that weighs just a few ounces less. The synapse 5 may be the aluminum framed version. The 2 bikes will probably have different component specs. When looking at the website, make sure you look at the correct model year, as the specs will change from year to year.
 

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Synapse SL uses a higher modulus carbon fiber than does the Synapse. A higher modulus carbon is stronger for each sheet of carbon, thus necessitating less material to construct a frame equally as strong and stiff. The end result is a lighter, stiffer stronger frame.
 
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