Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra Compact 2013 Road Bike. Elite-race performance meets all-day comfort. Synapse Carbon mates the feathery weight and blistering acceleration of our pure race bikes with the more upright position and stable handling Performance Geometry and the comfort of our SAVE PLUS micro-suspension system. The result is a bike that cuts the harshness out of long days in the saddle without sacrificing its sporting soul. A directional carbon lay-up and exaggerated vibration-absorbing tube shapes give the SAVE PLUS chain stay/seat stay system 13% more vertical deflection than the previous version, while actually improving the frames lateral and torsional stiffness. Offset dropouts allow the fork blades to have the vertical compliance of a shallow rake fork, without sacrificing the Synapses nimble, precise handling. Refined carbon lay-up and SAVE shaping further enhance the forks vertical compliance. Compared with our Elite race geometry, the Synapse features a 2-2.5 cm taller head tube, slightly relaxed head angle and longer wheelbase for a more upright riding position and a stable yet lively feel. It's confidence-inspiring, relaxing and it avoids the sluggish feel and awkward handling of many road bikes.
The Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra Compact 2013 Road Bike features the full carbon Synapse frame and fork and FSA SL-K Light Carbon BB30 compact crank as well as Shimano Ultegra 6700 shifters, derailleur and 11-28, 10-speed cassette.