From the incredibly entry-level Synapse aluminium bikes, to top-level ultralight SuperSix EVO machines, to aero time trial bikes and super-capable cyclo-cross steeds, Cannondale’s range is simple, and simply stunning!
Synapase AL 105 – £995.00 – 0% Finance Available from £27.64 Per Month.
Synapse £595 – £995
Cannondale’s perfect first road bike, the Synapse features a host of sympathetic design qualities that will help the new rider adapt to drop-bar cycling. The advanced lightweight aluminium frame has been created with a more upright riding position, offering enhanced comfort, while Cannondale’s silky smooth SAVE Plus technology provides an effective blend of comfort, speed and value. Because of Cannondale’s advanced innovations — such as the stiff BB30 bottom bracket — it’s still a hugely rewarding bike to ride, and subtle, understated rear rack and mudguard mounts mean 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.
Synapase Carbon Ultegra – £1995.00 – 0% Finance Available from £47.10 Per Month
Cannondale’s ultimate endurance machine, the Synapse Carbon takes all the fantastic beginner-friendly aspects of the Synapse and converts them into qualities that make for a beautifully forgiving all-day ride machine. Using Cannondale’s Synapse Endurance Race Geometry and SAVE Plus rear triangle and fork, the Synapse Carbon succeeds in offering a ride that is responsive and reactive when you want to get up and go, but insulating and compliant when the road is pushing you to your limits. The eight-bike range begins with a standard Synapse Carbon frame fitted with Shimano 105 gears and goes up to the Synapse Carbon Black Inc featuring a high-modulus carbon frame built up with full Shimano Dura-Ace including disc brakes.
Caad8 105 5 – £845.00 – 0% Finance Available from £23.47 Per Month
It might be ‘only’ made of aluminium, and it might ‘only’ feature Shimano’s less exotic groupsets, but the CAAD8 range is a perfect line-up of bikes for everybody from the new road rider, to the more established cyclist looking for ultimate value and performance-for-money. The high-quality aluminium frame is suitably light and stiff but mixes that with a comfortable ‘head-up’ geometry and Speed SAVE elements to take the sting out of the road. The four-bike range begins with a Shimano Claris-shod model and progresses up to a bike with Shimano 105 gears.
For riders wanting all the speed and performance that the best aluminium frames can provide, Cannondale’s CAAD10 range should be at the top of anyone’s list. It’s worth pointing out that while aluminium bikes tend to be less expensive than carbon-fibre bikes, the performance between the two materials isn’t necessarily so stark. A well-made aluminium frame — of which the CAAD10 is absolutely one of the best — can give all but the top carbon frames a real run for their money. The CAAD10 is lighter, stiffer, smoother and far more engaging to ride than many high-end composite bikes and comes loaded with Cannondale’s Speed SAVE technology for comfort. Foursuperb road bikes make up the CAAD10 range, starting with a Shimano 105 version and topping out with a model fitted with a SRAM Rival groupset including hydraulic disc brakes. There’s also a pared down track model without gears or brakes.
Supersix Evo 105 5 – £1495.00 – 0% Finance Available from £41.53 Per Month
For most manufacturers with Cannondale’s aluminium bike line-up, their carbon range of speed-orientated bikes could end up being all but redundant. Thankfully, though, the SuperSix EVO is right up with the very best mass-produced carbon-fibre bikes in the world. Indeed, its huge strength is being able to mix an incredible lightweight frame build with remarkable stability and surefootedness. There are three frame options, starting with the EVO Carbon which uses a high percentage of intermediate-modulus fiber to tune the stiffness and provide a sub-950g frame weight. Next comes the EVO Hi-Mod with high-modulus fibres to further hone stiffness, with high-tensile fibres promoting overall strength. And finally there is the range-topping EVO Nano, which uses all of Cannondale’s advanced high-modulus BallisTec technology and nanotech resins to create a featherlight bike. The entry SuperSix EVO version comes fitted with Shimano 105 gears, while the range-topping SuperSix EVO Black Inc — 10 models further up the chain — features mechanical Shimano Dura-Ace.
Possibly the most amazing looking bike in Cannondale’s catalogue, the new-for-2015 Cannondale Slice is a purpose-built triathlon machine that is unlike almost anything else on the market. Balancing the sometimes incongruous requirements of efficient aerodynamics, lightweight and run-enhancing comfort, this really is the cutting edge of triathlon bike design. There’s no end of smart details, from internal cable routing to direct-mount rear brakes, to an incredible small and stiff rear triangle. The four-bike range starts with a 105-kitted model and tops out with the Slice Black Inc featuring electronic Shimano Dura-Ace Di2.
Caadx Tiagra Disc – £895.00 – 0% Finance Available from £21.13 Per Month
The CAADX takes all of Cannondale’s proven CAAD aluminium technology and converts it into a true do-it-all bike. Of course, there’s a very heavy cyclo-cross influence, and this is a bike that can mix it among other drop-bar mud-pluggers with confidence. But more than that, the mudguard and rear rack mounts, along with the comfortable upright position, point to a drop-bar bike that can perfectly fill any number of jobs. The entry-level model features Shimano Sora gears and Promax mechanical disc brakes, with the top model in the four-bike range coming with a full SRAM Rival groupset including hydraulic disc brakes.
Without doubt one of the finest dedicated cyclo-cross bikes on the market, Cannondale’s SuperX can handle anything from snow, to sand, to good old-fashioned mud. When grip is found wanting, and control and power delivery is of paramount importance, the SuperX won’t disappoint. The carbon frame features Speed SAVE vibration elimination technology for comfort, a tapered head tube for handling, an ultra-light frameset, and disc brakes are fitted to both models in the range. Gearset options are a choice between SRAM Rival or SRAM CX1.