The Nerds had quite a few new bikes to talk about this week, and a lot of details to debate, especially regarding Cannondale’s new Synapse.
On the one hand, it’s strikingly normal now with no proprietary fittings whatsoever (even a threaded bottom bracket — from Cannondale!). But there’s now also a fully integrated onboard battery powering built-in lights and a custom rear-facing Garmin Varia radar. Is this a good thing, or is it a little half-baked? Meanwhile, Canyon has moved away from threaded to PF86 for its latest Endurace range, which seems nuts at first… but is it, or is there more nuance to it?
We also discuss SRAM buying computer brand Hammerhead, the same end for Bowman Cycles, and we hammer through a small army of Ask a Mechanic questions. Don’t miss it!