The core of the Cannondale endurance road line is the Synapse Active Vibration Elimination tech (SAVE) that they call micro-suspension. While some companies are putting active suspension into their top level endurance road bikes, SAVE has been all about engineering flex into the carbon Synapse frame designs since they were first introduced back in 2006. Of course Cannondale is no stranger to putting suspension on a road bike, but they still are building the Synapse to win road races no matter the road surface, and are keeping the Lefties to the Slate for those looking to head further off the tarmac for more adventure & exploration.
The Cannondale Synapse has built a solid following over the last decade from racing Paris-Roubaix to be ridden on innumerable amateur Gran Fondos. Its goal has always been to blend race-ready performance & geometry with the comfort we all want for those long endurance rides. That’s pretty much the definition of the entire endurance road category, but is usually a compromise of one for the other. For 2018 Cannondale looks like they are narrowing that gap even more as they fine tune the details in the new SAVE frame, fork & completely new bar for the new Synapse that they call “lighter, stiffer, smoother, more integrated and more capable than ever before”.