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Brakes: 8.2 | Handling: 8.6 | Drivetrain: 8.5
YesCycling Score – 8.4/10
Full List of Specs 🔧
|Best Use||Road Cycling|
|Frame||SmartForm C2 Alloy|
|Fork||BallisTec Full Carbon, integrated crown race, SAVE, 12 x 100 mm thru-axle, internal routing|
|Bike Suspension||No Suspension|
|Crankset||FSA Gossamer Alloy, BB30, 50/34t|
|Bottom Bracket||Cannondale BB30|
|Shifters||Shimano 105, 11-speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105, braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 GS|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano 105, 11-34t, 11-speed|
|Number of Gears||22 gear(s)|
|Brake Type||Mechanical Disc Brake|
|Brakes||TRP Spyre-C cable-actuated disc, 160/160mm rotors|
|Brake Levers||TRP Spyre-C|
|Rims||Cannondale RD 2.0 Disc, double wall with eyelets, 28h|
|Front Hub||Formula CRX-512, 12 x 100 thru axle|
|Rear Hub||Formula CX-22, quick-release axle|
|Tires||Vittoria Zaffiro, 700c x 30 mm|
|Tire Width||30 millimeters|
|Handlebar Shape||Drop Bar|
|Handlebar||Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, compact|
|Stem||Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, 31.8, 7 deg.|
|Seat Post||Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, 25.4 x 300 mm (48-51), 350 mm (54-56), 400 mm (58-61)|
|Saddle||Cannondale Stage Ergo|
|Headset||1-1/4 to 1-1/8 in. tapered|
|Chain||KMC X11, 11-speed|
|Weight||21 lbs. 13.2 oz.|
|Bike Weight||Bike weight is based on median size, as sold, or the average of two median sizes.|
What’s good 👍
- Lightweight and stiff construction with SmartForm C2 Alloy frame and a full carbon fork for a high-performance feel.
- Reliable shifting and power transfer with Shimano 105 group and FSA Gossamer crank.
- TRP Spyre-C mechanical disc brakes provide reliable stopping power in various conditions.
- Comfortable saddle for long rides without pain or strain.
- Suitable for endurance rides and performs well on pavement and asphalt.
- Offers good handling and balance, inspiring confidence in cornering.
- Subtle and classy design with attractive red paint color.
- Versatile for both short commutes and long endurance rides.
What’s not so good 👎
- Some users have experienced issues with the crankset, including clicking noise and limited adjustment options.
- The Handlebar center post plugs fell out, and the missing locking nut was causing a clicking noise.
- Lower-priced entry-level road bikes may not meet the expectations of more experienced riders.
- Performance on gravel roads, especially loose gravel, may not be optimal.
- The stock rear wheel has been reported to be bent in some cases.
- Lack of touch-up paint for minor dings and scratches.
- Pedals are not included, requiring an additional purchase.
Our Verdict 🎗
Should you buy it, avoid it or shortlist it?
We think that you should definitely shortlist it.
Overall, the Cannondale Synapse 105 bike offers a lightweight and comfortable option for road cycling, with reliable components and good performance on pavement. However, it may have limitations on gravel roads and some potential issues with certain components.