New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE 2022 2023 road test ride review
New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE road test review Build quality
The bike is not cheap, around 6500 euros, but it is well made, even if at these levels you have to see everything and we would have expected an integrated guide assembly and completely internal cable passages that pass outside the handlebar.
Also in this perspective, the impossibility of customizing the color of the bike or other customizations granted by other brands is to be criticized.
Of note is the standard equipment of lights and radar.
Too bad there is no similar assembly without having to include such accessories which for many may be superfluous.
The frame is still well done and the bike well assembled in line with its list price.
New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE road test review Frame
The frame has been completely revised, well made, it lags behind the competition due to the absence of the completely internal cable routing of the bike.
The painting is well done, but only two colors are available for each type of assembly and in the top range only one, considering the price too little.
The availability of sizes is normal.
New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE road test review Assemblies
The Carbon 2 version is assembled with the Ultegra Di2 group, but there is no shortage of other cheaper or more expensive configurations.
An excellent choice in terms of assemblies.
New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE road test review Comfort
Excellent, the Synapse has always been a very comfortable racing bike and continues to be so even in this latest version.
There are no particular technical solutions, but the comfort remains of the highest level.
It's not the absolute top, but it remains one of the most comfortable racing bikes you can buy.
New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE road test review Guide
Safe, this is its main feature.
A very stable and safe endurance racing bike downhill and bumpy, easy to ride, undemanding and stressful.
It is not light, so it takes a lot of effort to climb, it is not an ideal bike for very hard climbs, but it is a 360 degree racing bike, excellent on roads with damaged surfaces and competitive, with its limits, on any type of route. .
Absolutely valid for tourist and amateur sports use, it remains a valid bike even in races where the road surface is very damaged.
The brakes are more than excellent, nothing to add.
We did not appreciate the use of radar, an extra safety, but a small rear-view mirror is much better, lighter and cheaper, points of view ...
New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE test test review Performance
Overall the performance is in line with its build and today's competitors.
Absolutely, the bike is not light and this limits its performance when climbing and accelerating.
An old Synapse, with rim brakes, mechanical group and without unnecessary accessories, is much lighter and with superior climbing performance.
Despite this, the new Synapse is more comfortable and safer.
However, the price / performance ratio did not seem very high to us.
Comfort pays for itself ... in terms of cost and performance.
New Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE road test review Pros and cons
The new Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 RLE turns out to be an excellent endurance bike, not light, not cheap, but with excellent riding comfort and safety.
It could be better realized, have a greater possibility of customization and cost a little less.
However, competitors of equal brands are aligned.
Not a bargain, but a great endurance bike.