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I'm 39, 6'5" around 20lbs heavier and have a 94cm cycling inseam. My current road bike is a 63cm Caad 4 with a long thomson seatpost and a 140 stem. It "just" fits me. Cannondale does in fact, sometimes make frames outside their advertised size range. So, there might be such a thing as a 63cm Synapse. I wouldn't know however.
The right feel, if you're not accustomed to road bikes, will probably change or progress reasonably quickly as you adjust to the new riding style. If your shop is a reasonably good one, they should be able to get you set up with a decent starting fit. Chances are, that initial fit will "feel" odd. But, it's a starting point from which your body will adapt and from which you can also make small adjustments.
Construction is up to you. I'm an aluminum fan. But, despite my rantings about the failure mode of carbon, have and would also consider a carbon frame. Size is probably going to be your biggest issue. Cannondales 63's are more like a conventional 60x60 (stxtt) and are amongst the larger stock frames around. Anything with a sloping top tube will probably start to create seatpost length challenges or just look silly. Do you know your cycling inseam?
Climbing a lot? Start with a compact or triple crank if you think they're warranted. I ride a standard 39-53x12-27 with 180mm arms. The choice is going to completely depend on your strength and condition.
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