Cannondale Synapse 6 Compact Bike Review

Cannondale Synapse 6 Compact Bike Offers a Smooth Ride

If a Cannondale road bike has been on your wish list for years, you should break open that piggy bank for the Synapse 6 compact bike.

The sleek and lightweight Synapse 6 Compact bike by Cannondale will probably be the smoothest ride you’ve ever had on the road. However, it’s best for intermediate riders, so you advanced guys and gals out there, should check out this list of touring bike reviews for something more appropriate.

If you’re an Intermediate rider though, read on and learn why this drop bar road bike is the perfect blend for weekend warriors.

Review of the Cannondale Synapse 6

Like many other Cannondale bikes, the Synapse 6 is a masterpiece of engineering and design.

This bike is perfect for the avid cyclist, and it’s versatile enough to be used for casual riding, commuting, exercising, racing and serious training all in the same week.


The stability, handling and precision are unmatched, and the gearing is versatile for multiple levels of terrain. You’ll feel totally in control from the moment you hop on to the moment you hop off. Especially on rougher terrain, this level of control will really come into play.

You’ll also feel comfortable, as the seat’s Synapse Active Vibration Elimination (S.AV.E.) system will dampen any road vibrations.

The bike is also lightweight, which is a major benefit for commuters that might need to throw it over their shoulder to head up a flight of stairs or hop on the subway.

Of course, the price is another major advantage. Any Cannondale bike under $1,000 is a steal (and this baby goes for around $800 at REI), and this bike tends to run for approximately $800 in some stores.


While this bike is put together well and engineered masterfully, the actual components are not of the highest quality. It’s not the most expensive Cannondale you can buy, and you might end up spending a little bit more on replacement parts.

More powerful riders might be especially disappointed with the flimsiness of the hardware. The gear cranks feel almost as though they’ll bend and break when you really bear down on them, but they are easy enough to replace if you have this problem.

The gears are also clunkier than on the nicer Cannondale models, and it is not as easy to shift from one gear to another quickly or smoothly.

The Synapse 6 Compact bike has many advantages, but it’s certainly not for everyone. To gauge whether or not this bike is right for you, check out what some other people who bought it have to say:

What owners like

  • Handling
  • Comfort
  • Price

What owners don’t like

  • Component quality
  • Limited color choices


Overall, the Cannondale Synapse 6 Compact 2012 Road Bike is a great choice for anyone looking for a smoother, more comfortable ride. It’s more affordable than the higher end models, and it just might be the Cannondale you’ve always been dreaming about.

The bottom line is that the Synapse 6 makes for an enjoyable ride. Heck, you might even want to get up for work in the morning knowing what an enjoyable commute lies ahead.

Where to Buy

You can buy the Cannondale Synapse 6 at for around 800 bucks.

About Leanne

Leanne is a writer and musician living in Boston. Her interest in cycling was born when she realized how convenient biking in the city was, and it has evolved from there. Whether biking down the street for dinner or across the city for band practice with a bass on her back, Leanne has become an avid urban biker.


  1. Leanne,

    I am thinking about getting this bike for commuting 10 miles each way with rear panniers, and maybe a trip from Boston to Cleveland this summer. Do you think this bike would fit the bill? Have any other bicycle recommendations?


    • Hi Jon!
      The comfort of this bike would serve you well for your daily commute, and would be especially important during your longer ride this summer. Of course, comfort isn’t the only thing you need to worry about.

      As I mentioned in the review, the components often need to be updated or repaired on this bike because they are not of the highest quality. However, since this bike is cheaper than many other intermediate options, you’ll probably have more money in your budget to make those upgrades. I wouldn’t recommend taking this bike out on your Boston to Cleveland trip this summer without making the appropriate upgrades for your riding style. For example, I’d suggest you upgrade the gear cranks, because that trip will have a lot of hills and you’ll be doing a lot of shifting.

      In short, this bike would be comfortable on any trip you make, but it might not be a “grab and go” type of bike for your needs. The lengthy trip will likely require a few tweaks. But if your budget is $1000 and under, this bike is an excellent option and the upgrades won’t be too expensive (or even 100% necessary if you feel comfortable with the bike’s performance in the first few months).

      I would highly recommend this bike if it fits your budget, but if you’re able to spend more than $1000 I encourage you to check out this list of reviews as well.

      As always, you should try any bike you’re interested in before you make a final purchase. Most bike shops will let you ride around for a while before handing over your wallet, so take advantage of this opportunity and ride as hard as you would to work.
      Good luck and happy riding!

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