Friday, August 05, 2005

Synapse AL and Six13 Pro

I recently took a gander at the 2006 Cannondale U.S. lineup, and it looks... interesting. In 2005 Cannondale introduced the Synapse - watch GearReview for a review soon - to go head to head with the likes of the Specialized Rubaix and Trek Pilot. Namely, a high(er) end bike that is light and agile, but more comfortable to ride than the typical lightweight racing bike. The headtubes are a little longer, placing the handlebars higher. The Synapse is also the first - and, so far, only - bike in the Cannondale family that isn't made in the U.S. of A. Well, for 2006, Cannondale will have a lower priced Synapse Al, an aluminum version of the same bike. The chainstays will still be 'pinched' for compliance and the headtube will still be longer for that more-upright position. It'll be interesting to see how the ride compares.

In other road bike news, Cannondale's 6/13, the venerable race bike that helped the likes of Simoni and Cunego race to victory in the Giro di Italia, will be available in two flavors. The higher end one - Team designation - will feature carbon fiber top and down tubes while the lower end one - with a Pro designation - will only have a carbon down tube. Again, it'll be interesting to see how this affects the ride of the bike.


Jon Sharp said...

The carbon Synapse rides so well, I wonder if they can reproduce that ride on an AL frame. On the other hand, Cannondale is really good at manipulating AL for a nice ride (like the CAAD 8).

Gracious Light said...

Ywah. I have been riding a lot of bikes recently looking to purchase. I love the CAAD 8 but am waiting on the AL synapse before I make a purchase

James Sharp said...

I can't wait to see how well the Aluminum Synapse rides. Hopefully next week!