Kath Bicknell

The Cannondale Synapse range suits riders who prefer a slightly relaxed position on the bike rather than super aggressive stance. The Women’s 105 5 features an alloy frame andΒ  Shimano 105 shifting. My favourite feature is the SAVE Plus micro suspension, which transforms the ride properties of this $AU 1699 bike into one that you would think cost a lot more. With rack mounting points and a colour scheme that won’t show grime, it’s well suited to commuting through the city some days and longer adventures out of town or with a road bunch on others.

I tested the 2015 Women’s Synapse 105 5 for the Spring 2015 issue of Bike Magazine (Australia). You can download a PDF copy of the review here. An excerpt and a bonus gallery is below.

The frame, features and spec feature strong overlaps with the 2016 model, which you can read about on Cannondale’s US website. If you’re reading from your mobile, double tap the gallery to see the images in full size.

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Rotorua is a mountain biking paradise. A lush, volcanic landscape, world class trail building, iconic events, and a community that lives, breathes and celebrates all the good things that cycling offers. It’s no wonder people keep returning to this destination again and again. Myself included.

This time I wrote two articles for SBS Cycling Central while I was there. One is a list of local knowledge and intel on all the bike things you should consider while you’re in town. The other is a list of recommended activities for off the bike, because you can’t ride all the time. I’ve tried!

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How do you navigate a rock garden when you hit it for the very first time? How do you make sense of the performance capabilities of a new piece of equipment, or a whole new bike? Read More

On 1-2 October, a diverse collection of academics, industry, government, athletes and recreational riders will get together in Cambridge, New Zealand to talk about cycling. The Future of Cycling: Challenges and Possibilities symposium, hosted by the University of Waikato, will be held at the Avantidrome, New Zealand’s Home of Cycling. I describe this place to people on the Western Island as like the Australian Institute of Sport, but just for cyclists. Read More

“Who do you work for?” people often ask.

“Everyone!” I reply. “I’m a writer for hire.” Read More