Like this site? Help us to make it better.


Exclusive first ride - Cannondale Synapse 2018

Cannondale has replaced its venerable Synapse with a new model, David takes it for a first UK ride to see what's what

The update to the Bike of the Year winning Cannondale Synapse has been one of the most hotly anticipated releases this year. I got to ride it at the worldwide launch in Italy many months ago, but I finally got to ride it on more familiar UK roads earlier this week, and you can watch that first ride in the video above.

This is an exclusive first ride - the full range has just started to land in shops across the UK. I took to the roads of Dorset with Cannondale’s George Huxford and picked his brains on the many changes and advances in this new model. There’s a test bike winging its way to so we’ll be following this first ride up with one of our usual in-depth bike reviews soon.

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

The yellow bike I rode is the Synapse Carbon Disc Red eTap that costs £4,999.99. The frame dispenses with the expensive high modulus carbon fibre of the higher-end Hi-Mod Synapse but is actually lighter than the old Hi-Mod Synapse. It does lack the distinctive Power Pyramid split seat tube found on the Hi-Mod Synapse, but more critically it gets all the key features such as 32mm wide tyre clearance, flat mount disc brakes with thru-axles, refined geometry and SAVE technology and hidden mudguard mounts.

- Cannondale 2018: Featuring the Synapse, Supersix Evo and more

David has worked on the tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of 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.

Latest Comments