Cannondale Plugs-In With Synapse Neo
Sure, e-bike haters are gonna hate, but while they carry on roiling in their bias, the rest of the cycling industry moves forward trying to find new ways to encourage more people to get out and ride bikes. Like the e-bike!
Cannondale is the latest big bike brand to introduce a drop bar/road specific e-bike with the new Synapse Neo. We first saw the bike in September at the Interbike show, but was told it wouldn’t actually arrive until next year. That will most likely still be the case for U.S. dealers, but now at least Cannondale’s press shop has dropped some solid info on the bike that wasn’t previously available.
The bikes are build on aluminum frames that utilize Cannondale’s own SAVE micro-suspension features to provide a more compliant ride. With the impressive new 500Wh Bosch PowerTube motor, Cannondale says they are the first to run a double chainring up front with the German powerplant.
Crafted with Cannondale’s C1 Alloy construction, the Synapse NEO is designed in the likeness of its namesake, Synapse. The frameset underwent FEA (Finite Element Analysis) work to ensure it delivers the same bump-smoothing ride of its non-electric counterpart. But maintain, the stiffness and strength needed for the additional power and speed of electric assist. The Synapse NEO also features frame geometry that balances the comfort of a more upright rider position, with the sporty ride of a road bike. With its endurance rider position, road-smoothing 700 x 32mm tires and SAVE Micro-Suspension, the Synapse NEO keeps riders comfortably in control on even the longest, roughest days.
Bosch’s Generation 3 Active Line Plus drive unit provides the boost for the all-new Synapse NEO. A mid-motor design ideal for road bikes. The Active Line Plus drive unit is lightweight and offers smooth, silent power delivery, as well as drag-free pedaling beyond the assist cut-out threshold. The drive unit is also paired with a 500Wh integrated PowerTube battery. It has over 200 km of potential range, opening the door to seriously long rides. When combined, the Synapse NEO’s integrated battery, custom motor mounting node and color-matched motor cover give it a beautiful look.
The Synapse NEO is the only Bosch-equipped road bike compatible with a double chainring crank, enabling riders to always find the right gear to make the most of their power. Additionally, Cannondale’s Asymmetric Integration Offset Drivetrain, allows the Synapse NEO to have short chainstays. This provides nimble handling and tire clearance for up to a 700 x 35mm tire.
Other thoughtful details such as a removable fender bridge, subtle rack and fender mounts, and pre-wired cables for front and rear lights add to the Synapse NEO’s versatility and appeal. An SE model (above) will also be available, specially equipped with high-volume 650 x 47mm tires and wide-range gearing for those adventurous souls looking to explore beyond the paved and predictable. With its comfortable, composed feel, smooth power delivery and massive gear range, the Synapse NEO makes the joys of road-riding available to all.
The new Synapse NEO line-up will feature three 700c models, and one 650b SE model. They are available in 4 sizes: S (45cm) M (50cm), L (54cm), XL (58cm). Bikes will be available at European retailers this October. Plans to ship to more regions will follow later in the year.
Pricing for the four model line of e-bikes starts at just over $3300 for the Neo SE. And hit just over $6000 for the high-end Neo 1.
For more info: Cannondale