Sometimes things come up that you have say yes too, like trying the new Synapse from Cannondale including the new Sram Red22 and Vision Metron 40 clinchers that should be 1195g. Sad is that it was 56 so looked like this for me:
Too high in the front, first time I felt a bike to high so was hard for my arms. Don’t ride with a to high bar, best with right height.
Anyway, the question was if it’s so good that they say, if it got any good comfort and if it’s still racy. And short answer is: Yes! It’s so you looking for bad road, just riding and don’t caring where you put your wheels and just pedal on. Joined a friend at work for a ride after work, to get up some speed and enjoy the ride more as my legs still don’t have any muscles (feels empty). Was a bit funny to sit on his wheel and see how his Pinarello FPQuattro jumped while I just sat there. Of course, it’s not comfy as a mtb with big tires but I felt the difference between this and my SuperSIX Evo.
Then standing up and try to push on some it felt really stiff. Not the snappiest bike so there the Evo feels better but you have no problem ride fast with it and it feels stiffer than my Evo. So Cannondale managed to produce a maybe stupid looking but really well working hole:
And 73mm bottom bracket width with Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL2 crank makes some too. Impressed even that I mostly like to make fun of that hole.
And instead of making the hole chain and seatstays flat for better comfort they twisted it so closest to the crank and seatpost it’s more aeroshaped and stiffer while flexing closest to the wheel:
Awesome bike, even when it was way to big. Size 56 when I should have 51 😉 And a nice ride for almost 2,5h with the mountain goat at work that found his way back on the roadbike:
Road around Arna first and then on the way back up Sædalen and don’t know why I said yes but we rode up Furudalen which is a 2km climb that is way to steep for me now. But nice view on the top as you can see here with John and on the first picture. 🙂 Then a fast twisty downhill where I like the Sram Redbrakes with yellow Swissstop and Vision Metron 40 clinchers, good braking. Sad bye and thanks to John and turned home. For a while.
Like I wrote in the beginning you’re looking for bad roads so climbed up to Fjellveien and took it back to Sandviken. Asphalt in the beginning and then gravel/asphalt. Just in the drops and pedal on, perfect. Only bad thing was the grip in the 25mm Schwalbe Ultremo CX tires on gravel, sliding a bit but fun 🙂
Hard but fun ride and so nice after work. Love it even when I had to suffer a lot (good training).
Conclusion: Sell your roadbike, buy a Cannondale Synapse 2014, sell the groupset and buy Campagnolo for it. And a pair of Zipp 303 and you have a bike perfect for what you like to do, ride 🙂