For 2015 Cannondale have expanded the Synapse disc range and launched the new CAAD10 Track and Disc bikes. A key theme in their 2015 range is Disc brakes, with seven Synapse Disc bikes to choose from, and the CAAD10 has also been launched with disc brakes.
Here are seven of our highlights from the range; including bikes from the CAAD10 range, the Synapse, and the new Women’s Supersix Evo’s.
Synapse Disc Range
The new Synapse disc range has been expanded to seven models, and whether you like it or not they are mostly disc models, ranging from £849 up to £6,499.
The Synapse only launched about a year ago, but with disc brakes becoming a hot trend in road cycling Cannondale weren’t long to jump on board and now their top 5 bikes in the Synape range are disc models.
There are still five non-disc synapse models, for those of who may not be fond of this trend, but it’s clear that Cannondale see the future of this range moving completely towards Disc-equipped bikes.
Synapse Hi-Mod Black Inc Di2 Disc (£6,499)
At the top of the range sits the Hi-Mod Black bike, with a slight drop in race from last year’s Synapse Black. With a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Vision Metron 40 Disc carbon clincher wheels with Schwalbe 28mm tyres, it’s mostly unchanged from last year’s model.
It is equipped with Cannondale’s super light Hollowgram SiSL2 BB30 chainset fitted with a compact 50/34 chainring pairing, and comes with a flashy new paintjob.
Synapse Carbon Ultegra Disc (£2,499)
The frame shares many of the essential features of the much more expensive Synapse Black, except the Hi-Mod carbon has been swapped for a lower modulus carbon to save money. The switch in material also alters the weight, but not by a noticeable amount.
The bike is fitted with Mavic’s new Aksium One Disc wheels, with Mavic Akison 28mm tyres, and Fabric Spoon saddle with titanium rails. The chainset used is Cannondale’s Hollowgran Si 50/34 compact. There are six sizes to choose from; from 48 to 61cm.
CAAD10 SRAM Rival Disc (£1,799)
Based on the classic frame, the disc-equipped CAAD10 bike has a few vital differences, the most noteworthy probably being the internally routed hydraulic hoses and gear cables. The chainstays have been redesigned to ensure they can cope with the force from the disc brakes, and to accommodate the brake caliper and internal hose routing.
This bike comes equipped with the SRAM Rival 22 groupset, with revised hydraulic disc brakes. Cannondale have opted for Centreline T1 rotors, with a 160mm front and 140mm rear combination. Schwalbe Lugano 25mm tyres are fitted to Falcrum Racing Sport disc wheels. Cannondale’s own C2 bars, stem and handlebar, all in aluminium, are used along with a Prologo Kappa Evo saddle. Eight frame sizes from 48 to 63cm will be available.
CAAD10 Track (£1,499)
The new CAAD10 Track, we first caught a glimpse of from some ‘leaked’ photos earlier this year, is finally here.
There’s a new carbon fibre fork with alloy dropouts and tapered steerer tube. It’s also been made with a brand new rear triangle, with horizontal dropouts, has been joined to the same front triangle as used on the regular geared CADD10. Cannondale have designed the geometry of this bike for racing, track racing in particular.
The CAAD10 is equipped with Mavic Ellipse Track wheels with 25mm Schwalbe Lugano tyres, a 48t SRAM Omnium chainset and Cannondale C2 handlebars and stem.
The paintjob on this bike is extremely eye-catching. Cannondale call it Viserker Green Fade Gloss over Polished Aluminium, it’s one similar to those found on mountain bikes of the 1990s.
CAAD10 Racing Edition (£1,799)
The CAAD10 range has been expanded for 2015, there are now 3 caliper brake models, starting at £1,299, for a 105 specced bike and rising to £1,799 for this racing edition. There’s also an Ultegra model at £1,699.
The aluminium frame set is ideal for racing, especially circuit racing, where stiffness is ideal. It’s also a cheap alternative to carbon, so perfect for those looking to get into racing. It’s been built with FAS’s new CZero Carbon wheels and SRAM Force 22 groupset. The rest of the bike has been specced with a Hollowgram Si BB30 chainset with a semi-compact 52/36 chainring setup. Available in six sizes, it’s quite an attractive bike; painted in an Acid Red over Charcoal Grey with Fine Silver details.
SuperSix Evo Women’s Ultegra 3 (£1,999)
Cannondale are giving more choice for women by offering two SuperSix Evo models in 2015, adding this Ultegra-equipped bike at the top of the range.
Each of the five sizes of the bike are fitted with women’s-specific Prologo Nago saddles, narrower handlebars and shorter stems. The Ultegra brake levers have the optional reach adjust shims fitted. It is again equipped with Mavic Aksium wheels and tyres (25mm) and a Cannondale compace 50/34 chainset.
The bike has a sleek look with what Cannondale call Plum with Jet Black and Gold.
SuperSix Evo 105 5 (£1,499)
This entry-level SuperSix Evo is now even cheaper than last year’s model at only £1,499, so you can now buy what is near enough the same frame the Cannondale pro cycling team race, but with a Shimano 105 groupset.
The difference between this and the top-end Evo is the external cable routing, and a different grade of carbon fibre. The geometry, however, is identical. The bikes is fitted with a full Shimano 105 groupset, with FSA Gossamer 52/56 chainset. Shimano RS11 wheels are paired with Schwelbe Lugano 25mm tyres and the Finishing kit is Cannondale’s own brand C3 kit.
For more on the 2015 Cannondale range check out their website: http://www.cannondale.com/nam_en/2015/bikes/road