For women who want to ride fast, agile, reactive road bikes with an astonishing level of comfort and gender specialisation, Cannondale’s female-specific range is very hard to beat.
Synapse Claris 8 Fem –
Just as with its non-women-specific Synapse model range, Cannondale’s Synapse Women is a perfect first road bike. It features a host of sympathetic design qualities that will help the new female rider adapt to drop-bar cycling, the most important of which is Cannondale’s unique Women’s SERG Geometry which gives the lightweight aluminium frame with a longer wheelbase for stability. Meanwhile, Cannondale’s silky smooth SAVE Plus technology offers supreme levels of comfort, with the added bonus of a 25.4mm seatpost taking the sting out of the road even further. But don’t think this all comes at the expensive of speed of handling — the Synapse is an incredibly responsive bike to ride. Rear rack and mudguard mounts, as well as women-specific saddles, means it is ultra-practical, too. The four-bike range begins with a model featuring Shimano Claris gears while the top-level model comes with Shimano 105 gears and Promax mechanical disc brakes.
Cannondale’s ultimate endurance machine, the Synapse Carbon Women builds on those fantastic qualities found in the aluminium Synapse Women range and provides them with all the benefits of a carbon-fibre construction. That means this is one the market leaders when it comes to light, refined, strong and forgiving long-ride women’s bikes. As with the Synapse Women, Cannondale uses its Women SERG Geometry, and combines that with SAVE Plus micro-suspension elements in the rear triangle, fork, seatpost and seat tube. The seat tube also splits asymmetrically to fit a BB30A bottom bracket for maximum power output efficiency, while larger volume 25c tyres help perfect the ride experience. All three models come with women-specific saddles, internal cable routing. The range begins with a Synapse Carbon Women fitted with Shimano 105 gears, and goes up to an option kited out with Shimano Ultegra.
Offering women riders the absolutely zenith of Cannondale’s carbon road frames, the two-bike SuperSix EVO Women range features all the superb details that make the standard model such an amazing speed machine. The obvious place to start is with Cannondale’s women-specific Elite Geometry, based on achieving the absolutely perfect handlebar height and reach. Add a Speed SAVE fork and rear stays to that comfortable position, and you’ve got a bike that feels not only fast, but great for all-round ride quality, too. Cannondale hasn’t forgotten the need to get every part just right, either, so there’s an abundance of women-specific componentry, from narrower, ergonomically-shaped handlebars, to shorter reach brake levers, to saddles designed for the female body. Two models make up the SuperSix EVO Women range: one fitted with Shimano 105 gears and brakes, the other with Shimano Ultegra.