Cannondale’s new Synapse NEO branches out for the brand, expanding into the performance e-road bike market. Yes, gasp! More e-bikes, but again these are pretty well thought out. For those looking to expand their range, or equalize fitness levels inside a group of riders, the Synapse NEO might be a solid option with wider tire clearance (even for proper gravel) smooth pedal-assist power delivery, and gearing flexibility.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

Instead of electrifying a road race bike, Cannondale started with their endurance road platform – the Synapse which is just as happy with a set of fat road tires as it is with thinner gravel tires. In this aluminum framed & electrified version, it gets even fatter. Endurance e-road setups got for 32mm road slicks, while there is also an SE e-gravel version that will fit 650B x 47mm tires.

Cannondale Synapse NEO Tech Details

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

The key to making an e-road bike actually enjoyable to ride as we’ve experienced (unlike an eMTB) is a smooth transition on & off the pedal assist and actually a lower total power output in general. That seems to be what Cannondale says they have focused on with the application of the Bosch Gen3 powertrain which appears set to be more silent running and lower drag than before.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

That pedal-assist motor is the new 250W output Bosch Generation 3 Active Line Plus promising quiet, powerful & lightweight operation, with little drag once the motor’s pedal-assist stops. It is then powered by a mid-sized 500Wh PowerTube battery tucked into the oversized downtube for big range.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

Cannondale claims the range to be around 92km in Turbo mode and 229km in Eco mode. That’s hard to evaluate, since it depends a lot on the elevation gained, but that seems like at least half again larger range than similar smooth e-road setups we’ve seen from Fazua for example.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

Cannondale developed with Bosch what they call Actual Cadence Response which smoothly knocks back the power of the pedal-assist to almost 40% when you are riding at regular cadences of say 50-85rpm, suggesting that you have plenty of power. But when the hills get steep and your cadence drops, or you start to spin out, the Bosch motor starts to put out more power.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

Looking at the graphs Cannondale showed of the ACR application, we’re reminded that most e-bikes require a bit of a learning curve to figure out the optimal cadence to balance your own pedal input with the system’s pedal assist. But this does seem to suggest that it could make the transitioning of power more smooth with a broader range of comfortable cadence (something seriously lacking in early generation e-bike powertrains.)

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

The Synapse Neo sticks with a compact road double, apparently the only Bosch powered e-road bike with a 2x setup. Gearing is 50/34, but a subcompact setup will also fit on the e-bike specific spider. That was a conscious decision to maintain small gearing steps for smooth cadence, although the SE version does opt for a wide range 1×11 setup.

As we’ve seen in most Cannondale bikes, the Synapse Neo gets Ai offset drivetrain which helps keep chainstays short with big tire clearance, and also builds a stronger rear wheel with less dish.

The e-bikes are fender ready (with a removable seatstay bridge like on the carbon Synapse) and feature 12mm thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes. And in addition to internal shift & brake routing, the Synapse Neo also is pre-wired for integrated front & rear lighting powered by the main battery.

Cannondale Synapse NEO Geometry

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

The e-Synapse Neo gets Cannondale’s OutFront road & gravel geometry that we first saw introduced on the alloy Topstone this summer. That starts with quick road handling inspired by the original Synapse, but with a longer front end, more offset in the 1.5″ tapered full carbon fork & a slacker headtube for less toe-overlap and more high-speed stability. The Synapse Neo comes in four frame sizes from small to extra large (45-58cm.)

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO Pricing & Availability

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

The 2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road bike is available in three complete all-road builds, plus one SE gravel build. The top Synapse NEO 1 retails for $6,850 / 6000€ with a Dura-Ace mechanic shift drivetrain and Vision TriMax 40mm deep tubeless ready carbon clincher wheels with WTB Exposure 32mm tires.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

The Synapse NEO 2 sells for $4,725 / 4000€ with a mixed Ultegra/105 drivetrain & WTB ST i23 wheels; and the Synapse NEO 3 for 3300€ with a 105/Tiagra 10-speed mix.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

The gravel focused e-road plus Synapse NEO SE sells for $4400 / 3700€ with a SRAM Apex 1 drivetrain, tubeless ready WTB ST i29 rims & 47mm Byway tires, and alloy Cannondale cockpit finishing kit.

The new 2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road bikes look to be available to pre-order/order now from Cannondale dealers in Europe. No word on any future availability in North America, but the lack of US pricing suggest that won’t happen any time too soon. We do have word that the bikes are available now in the US as well. 

2019 Cannondale Quick NEO flat bar fitness e-bikes

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

In addition to the Synapse NEO is a new version of the Quick NEO fitness bikes for 2019. Forgoing the non-integrated powertrain, and upright hybrid style with suspension forks in the older Quick Neo these new fitness e-bikes look to be a simple flat bar build of the same Synapse Neo. That’s not at all a bad thing. It means the same Bosch Gen3 motor & battery setup, the same smooth pedal-assist, and the same big tire compatibility, all for riders who prefer a flat handlebar and more upright position on the bike.

2019 Cannondale Synapse NEO e-road endurance road e-bike

The Quick NEO is available in two complete builds. The standard $3,465 / 2800€ Quick NEO gets an Alivio 1×9 drivetrain, hydraulic Shimano disc brakes, and 35mm Schwalbe G-One tires. The more premium Quick NEO EQ is more of a capable urban commuter for $4,000 / 3300€, built with Deore 1×10, MT200 hydro brakes, 700x34mm WTB Exposure tires, full coverage Tubus fenders, a Tubus rear rack, and integrated Supernova front & rear lighting.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. In response to an inquiry, the group ride I very occasionally participate in urged e-bike riders to go away. E-riders were encouraged to “have fun riding with other e-bikes” as the ride was for “non-motorized bikes only… real bicycles”. I can’t say I disagreed with them at all, but I’m more of an observer since I don’t do group rides very often.

    • E-bikes are far and away the fastest growing segment in cycling. Better be nice to them, or they may not include you (us) when they start spending their advocacy dollars/euros.

    • yes! Imagine being on a dura ace ebike and getting dropped on the flat when the group goes faster than 25kph!! xD

      Im a big fan of ebikes in certain situations but this is just a joke to me.

    • I am guessing but I feel confident saying that any article with E-Bikes gets significantly more views and comments than any other article BR publishes… I would say that the data clearly indicates that someone wants to see this.

  2. Ebike haters must all be the most hard core riders, I’m sure you guys have never used technology to increase your speed on the bike. It must really be ruining your experience on this website having to move past 1 in every 40 articles. Time to let it go guys, we all know your cool cyclists who hate e-bikes.

    • Is it somehow surprising that many devoted cyclists would not be interested in motorized bikes, or even find having to look at them offensive? It shouldn’t be. The industry’s financial pressure behind marketing e-bikes must be considerable, especially with car companies jumping in shortly. I’m guessing that the ideal target demographic for ebikes, though, is very casual cyclists and especially sedentary non-cyclists who always found riding a bicycle just too hard. In those cases, ebikes are a great substitute for a car. In response to using technology to go faster, which typically refers to competition, adding a motor to a bicycle is obviously a absurd line of argument. It’s the one thing that you can never do and still be considered to be riding a bicycle, hence ‘mechanical doping’.

  3. I am a racer, a DS and a business man. I am also trying to give way to the three cars in my driveway. ONe is on the way out with a new LEAF and the other is going to be on the way out with an ebike. I need a bike that will take me 60 kms of commute in a suit with serious pro tour hillclimbing. E Bikes are an amazing social tool. Why do we even need cars anymore. I use them all the time in Paris. Showing up with one ona group ride is a different discussion and one that I dont think is a niche for this market. Maybe for a husbaadn wife ride where the sugar daddy is on an ebike, otherwise, amaaazing transport system like a Neo.

    • E bike commuting is dope. Ruining a group ride or gravel event because you’re too lazy to pedal like an adult is the opposite of dope.

  4. “Gravel” made it into the headline too!
    It might be easier to just call some bikes “non gravel” hahaha

  5. Looking at this from a mechanic’s point of view, I’m just glad that the mainstream seems to be going for frame-mounted motors. Changing a flat on a hub-motor-equipped bike is a PITA.
    Also, in my opinion, anything that makes cycling an accessible option, or colors it in a positive light in the eye of the non-cyclist, can be looked at as a win for the industry.
    From my conversations with customers, the most difficult thing for new or returning cyclists seems to be the damned elitist attitude that pervades our beloved hobby/sport/profession. For its continued success, we’re really gonna have to get over ourselves.

  6. Its incredible the difference in attitude toward E.bikes and E.bike riders in different parts of the world. I’m 100% in favour of E.bikes. Europe is embracing them. The negativity though seems to only be from forums on websites in the USA….

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