The Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod…

“To appreciate the details you need to run your fingers along the length of the frame’s tubes. Feeling the twists, bends and protrusions in the carbon is perhaps the only way to really begin the process of understanding why each frame section has been designed in such a way.”

– RIDE Cycling Review #62.


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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…

• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.

• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.

• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.

• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.

• Full specification listing…

The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.


Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have  also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod:

Dan Bonello: Cdale_Dan

Greg Chalberg: Cdale_Greg

Rob Arnold: Cdale_Rob

Nick Squillari: Cdale_Nick

Shane Lovejoy: Cdale_Shane


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There are now 17 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 101 bikes.

RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.