SAVE aims to increase comfort
SAVE (Synapse Active Vibration Elimination) has been a key
design feature of the Synapse over the years, and it was also added
to the SuperSix Evo when it was introduced in 2011.
SAVE is micro suspension, and involves areas of the frame that
are designed, by the shape of the tube and carbon layup, to provide
active deflection. It's used in the chainstays, seatstays and
forks. And it has now been added to the seatpost and handlebar.
The SAVE seatpost, which keeps the same 25.4mm diameter of the
old bike, has a new shape to ramp up the deflection. But most
interesting of all is the new Systembar, a two-piece handlebar and
stem with the appearance of an integrated handlebar.
Cannondale says it offers between 4-6mm of deflection (it
recorded 15mm deflection in its most extreme testing) and
drastically increases front end compliance. It's also more aero,
with an elliptical shaped bar, though Cannondale isn't talking much
about the aero efficiency of the new bike.
Because it's a two-piece design, fit adjustments can be made
relatively easily. The angle of the handlebars can also be adjusted
with 8° of available adjustment. Cannondale is offering a wide
choice of stem lengths and angles so you should be able to dial in
the fit. There's also a Garmin and light mount that can be bolted
to the front of the bar.