Back in 2006 I got myself a Cannondale Synapse Triple 105 specifically to ride here in Corsica. I've long lost track of how many kms I've covered on this bike, mainly here but also in the Alps and the Pyrenees - it has been an incredible ride. Eleven years later the bike remains in great condition but my eye was turned by a mouth watering offer from Sigma Sport back in the UK. A 2017 Cannonale Synapse Ultegra with Shimano Di2 electronic gear change, disc brakes and a very welcome 26% discount. What a package!
Cannondale market the Synapse as an 'endurance machine' and I'd say that's a pretty accurate description. My other road bikes are both Specialised and whilst they are great bikes, if I'm going to spend a half day or more in the saddle riding up and down hills then the Synapse works for me every time.
The disk brakes are a revelation and although they don't appear in the professional peloton they are just brilliant here in Corsica on long decents - hand aches have become a thing of the past. The electronic gear change is very precise. I messed up and needed to make some rear derailleur adjustments post a flat battery - it's a clean and easy job using the gear change lever to make minute adjustments in adjust mode. It's the first time I've ridden on Mavic tyres which come in a standard 25c width which is perfect for here. I'd normally use a with a Vittorio tyre and Slime tube but, so far so good.
What, you may be thinking, has become of my beloved Synapse 105 - well I'm buying lightweight touring wheels and converting it to a touring bike for my 2-3 day escapades here on Corsica.