Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod 2014 range

A closer look at Cannondale's new road endurance bikes

Cannondale's Synapse Hi-Mod 2014 series represents the latest incarnation of their successful Synapse endurance road bike range, configured to introduce a little more comfort into the riding equation than for an out-and-out racer without sacrificing performance.

We took a first look at the Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod machines last week – now we're bringing a rundown of the full stable, available in 11 different sizes when female-specific models are factored in. Full global pricing is still unavailable at the time of writing, but a quick scan of the US tariffs so far released confirms that these bikes are – unsurprisingly – not for the faint of wallet. Look out for our first ride over the next few days…

Synapse Hi-Mod Black Inc. £tbc/$7499

Top of the range is the Synapse Hi-Mod Black Inc. It sports a jet black finish and is built with Vision’s new Metron 40 carbon clinchers and a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical groupset. Bar and stem are from FSA’s SL-K line, as is the dedicated SL-K carbon 25.4 seatpost. FiZik provide an Aliante saddle, while Cannondale’s own spider-ring equipped Hollowgram SiSL2 chainset completes the drivetrain – and the Black Inc. runs on fat 25c Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tyres.

Synapse Hi-Mod 2 SRAM Red 22 £tbc/$4999

Closest in the range to what we test rode (though that had upgraded Metron 40 carbon clinchers), this features SRAM’s latest Red 22 group, a Hollowgram SiSL2 chainset, Mavic Ksyrium Elite S WTS, FSA Pro Wing bar, FSA AL-K stem, and SL-K carbon post. FiZik again provide the Aliante saddle. It’s available in a team-like green, or a more understated black and white ‘71’ livery.

Synapse Hi-Mod 3 Ultegra £tbc/$3699

Sharing the same c950g frameset, the Hi-Mod 3 uses an Ultegra groupset combined with a new forged version of the Hollowgram chainset. Whereas the range-topping SiSL2 tips the scales at a feathery 485g, this forged version weighs a heftier 609g – in context, however, that’s still lighter than an Ultegra chainset by some margin. It rolls on Ksyrium Equipe S WTS wheels, and uses Cannondale C1 aluminium bar and stem. FSA’s SL-K carbon seatpost remains.

Synapse Hi-Mod Athena T £tbc/$tbc

We have to admit we didn’t expect a triple to enter the range, but the Athena-equipped Synapse retains a matching spec to the Ultegra version though it’s driven by a full Athena group and 52/39/30 triple chainset. The men’s models are available in 48/51/54/56/58/61cm sizes.

Women's models

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Synapse Hi-Mod 2 SRAM Red £tbc/$tbc

Women’s models have been launched at the same time, with female-specific geometry (even more top tube slope). This one comes with SRAM Red 22, SiSL2 chainset, Ksyrium Elite S WTS hoops, FSA Pro Wing compact bar, SL-K stem and post. Each model in the women’s range uses a FiZik Vesta saddle.

Synapse Hi-Mod Di2 Ultegra £tbc/$tbc

The only electronic shifting model in the range (so far) comes with full Ultegra Di2, Hollowgram Si chainset, Fulcrum Racing 5’s and women’s-specific Cannondale C1 aluminium bar and stem.

Synapse Hi-Mod 3 Ultegra £tbc/$tbc

Ultegra group, Hollowgram Si cranks, Mavic’s Ksyrium Equipe S WTS wheels and C1 aluminium bar and stem. Like all of the Synapse Hi-Mod range it also has the SL-K carbon seat post. Women’s models will be available in 44/48/51/54/56cm sizes.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK
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