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The highlights of the 2018 Cannondale range including the all-new Synapse endurance bike

Cannondale recently held a show for its 2018 model year bikes in deepest Wiltshire so we headed along to take a closer look. In the video above we've picked out several key highlights from the range, including the SuperSix Evo, all-new Synapse Carbon, Synapse Alloy SE, CAAD12 and CAADX SE.

Cannondale 2017 overview: SuperSix Evo, Synapse, CAAD12, Touring and Slate

Cannondale 2018 Synapse Carbon.jpg

Cannondale 2018 Synapse Carbon.jpg

As you know if you’re a regular reader of road.cc, the big news for Cannondale in 2018 is the launch of the completely updated Synapse, the company’s go-to endurance bike. A lighter and stiffer carbon frame, wider tyre clearance, mudguard mounts and revised SAVE comfort-boosting technology amount to a lot of changes for a bike that has long been popular with UK cyclists. You can read all about it from the launch in the article linked below.

- Cannondale Synapse 2018: Lighter and stiffer frame, wider tyres and disc brakes only

Cannondale 2018 Synapse Alloy SE.jpg

Cannondale 2018 Synapse Alloy SE.jpg

If you are on a budget, Cannondale offers the new Synapse in aluminium and we picked the Synapse Disc 105 SE (£1,299.99) model because of its Special Equipment moniker that ensures it stands out from the rest of the range. An understated paint finish along with WTB tan sidewall tyres mark this bike out as a bit special. We like a lot.

Cannondale 2018 Supersix Evo  DA 2.jpg

Cannondale 2018 Supersix Evo DA 2.jpg

There are no changes to the SuperSix Evo into 2018. It was last updated in 2016 with the addition of a disc brake version along with a number of other changes aimed at lowering the weight and upping the stiffness and comfort. The stunning black and chrome bike in the video is the £4,999.99 SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace model. We'll hopefully be getting our hands on this very bike to review later in the year.

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Cannondale 2018 Supersix Evo grey.jpg

Here's a bonus SuperSix Evo for you. This is the £ 5,999.99 SRAM Red eTap model and we're LOVING the grey and yellow paint job. And yes, we know, that saddle angle... don't blame us.

Cannondale 2018 Caad12.jpg

Cannondale 2018 Caad12.jpg

Lots of love for aluminium both from us here at road.cc and from Cannondale. It's one of the few big bike brands that still believe in aluminium, the material that the US company originally carved its reputation with before transitioning to carbon for its top-level race bikes. The CAAD12 is the latest in a long line of CAAD models and is now available with either rim or disc brakes. Both frames are lighter, stiffer and more compliant than the previous CAAD10. The model we've picked in this video is a brand new Tiagra-equipped model which makes it the most affordable CAAD12 to date.

Cannondale 2018 CaadX SE.jpg

Cannondale 2018 CaadX SE.jpg

Lastly, Cannondale is in an interesting position in being one of the few big brands not to offer a dedicated adventure/gravel bike. Okay, there was the Slate, a 650b Lefty suspension bike, but Cannondale UK isn’t bringing it into the UK next year. Instead, it has taken its cyclocross bike, the CAADX, and through a change of components has modified it for adventure riding, the tyres and gearing being the key changes. It'll be interesting to see this bike and see how it fares against the latest crop of adventure-specific bikes. There’s also a pricier SuperX SE but that wasn’t ready for the launch event.

Full 2018 model list and prices

SuperSix EVO Disc Black Inc. £10,999.99
SuperSix EVO Black Inc. £9,499.99
SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Team £8,499.99
SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD RED eTap £5,999.99
SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace £4,999.99
SuperSix EVO RED eTap £4,799.99
SuperSix EVO Dura-Ace £3,699.99
SuperSix EVO Ultegra Di2 £3,199.99
SuperSix EVO Disc Women's Ultegra £2,699.99
SuperSix EVO Disc Ultegra £2,699.99
SuperSix EVO Ultegra £2,099.99
SuperSix EVO 105 £1,799.99
SuperSix EVO Women's 105 £1,799.99

 

Cannondale 2018 Supersix Evo grey-9.jpg

Cannondale 2018 Supersix Evo grey-9.jpg

Synapse Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace Di2 £7,799.99
Synapse Hi-MOD Disc RED eTap £6,499.99
Synapse Hi-MOD Disc Dura-Ace £4,999.99
Synapse Carbon Disc RED eTap £4,999.99
Synapse Carbon Disc Dura-Ace £3,999.99
Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra Di2 £3,799.99
Synapse Carbon Disc Women's Ultegra Di2 £3,699.99
Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra SE £3,249.99
Synapse Carbon Disc Women's Ultegra £2,699.99
Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra £2,699.99
Synapse Carbon Disc 105 £2,199.99
Synapse Carbon Women's 105 £1,599.99
Synapse Disc 105 SE £1,299.99
Synapse Disc Women's 105 £1,199.99
Synapse Disc 105 £1,199.99
Synapse Disc Women's Tiagra £999.99
Synapse Disc Tiagra £999.99
Synapse Disc Women's Sora £849.99
Synapse Disc Sora £849.99

 

Cannondale 2018 Synapse Carbon-3.jpg

Cannondale 2018 Synapse Carbon-3.jpg

CAAD12 Disc Dura-Ace £3,499.99
CAAD12 Disc Ultegra £2,199.99
CAAD12 Ultegra £1,899.99
CAAD12 Disc 105 £1,699.99
CAAD12 Women's 105 £1,399.99
CAAD12 105 £1,399.99
CAAD12 Tiagra £1,099.99

 

Cannondale 2018 Caad12-11.jpg

Cannondale 2018 Caad12-11.jpg

CAADX Ultegra £1,699.99
CAADX 105 SE £1,299.99
CAADX 105 £1,199.99
CAADX Tiagra £999.99

 

Cannondale 2018 CaadX SE-5.jpg

Cannondale 2018 CaadX SE-5.jpg

SuperX Di2 £4,299.99
SuperX Force 1 SE £3,249.99
SuperX Force 1 £2,999.99
SuperX Apex 1 £2,499.99

More at www.cannondale.com

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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simondbarnes [55 posts] 1 month ago
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Think I'll get a SuperSix EVO Disc Black Inc.  1

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Boss Hogg [107 posts] 1 month ago
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simondbarnes wrote:

Think I'll get a SuperSix EVO Disc Black Inc.  1

Get one, you'll love it!

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harman_mogul [288 posts] 1 month ago
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simondbarnes wrote:

Think I'll get a SuperSix EVO Disc Black Inc.  1

Yh, me too.

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Scoob_84 [413 posts] 1 month ago
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Seems there will be fewer supersix hi-mod options at the more affordable price points

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Disfunctional_T... [213 posts] 4 weeks ago
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1. Where did the SAVE handlebars that were being touted for the 2018 Synapse go? The handlebars have disappeared from the Cannondale website.

2. So that is the new Synapse Alloy in the video?

3. The 2018 SuperSix EVO Disc still has not been updated to a thru axle in the rear?

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waynem1983 [5 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Disfunctional_Threshold wrote:

1. Where did the SAVE handlebars that were being touted for the 2018 Synapse go? The handlebars have disappeared from the Cannondale website. 2. So that is the new Synapse Alloy in the video? 3. The 2018 SuperSix EVO Disc still has not been updated to a thru axle in the rear?

 

Representatives there mentioned that there are major production issues with the new save handlebar. although some models on display have the save handlebar (and it looked exquisite) they will not be shipped with this years model and likley be replaced with a high end Enve bar. 

 

Looks like 2019 before we see that save handlebar. Little supprised this was not mention in the video.