I realize that the 41 is the place to argue about what bike is best, but since this is race-specific, I figured I’d give it a try here. I also realize these “what should I do!?” posts can be narcissistic, but since I'm considering popular frames, I’m hoping that this discussion benefits others as well. So, with that preemptive mea culpa, here goes:
One season of racing has given me upgraditus, as carefully orchestrated by the USAC/UCI-global-bike industrial complex. I realize that nutrition, sleep, training, tactical savvy, etc. all play a greater role in racing success. Assuming that I’m working to improve all of those things anyway, what bike, if any of these, would you choose for mid-distance racing (with probably a few shorter circuits/crits tossed in)? Any of these would be fitted either with SRAM Force or Ultegra/SL-k. So, for cost, replaceability, availability and local serviceability reasons, here are my possibilities:
November (w/November 50mm carbon clinchers): http://www.novemberbicycles.com/
Cannondale CAAD 10-3 (w/50mm Boyd carbon clinchers): http://www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes...-ultegra-20025
SuperSix frame (w/Boyd carbon 50mm clinchers): http://www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes...-ultegra-25362
I own a CAAD-9 with various upgrades and race it on Soul 30m alloy clinchers. It find it to be comfortable and much livelier/better in corners than my old Trek 2.1. So, one option is to just keep it, especially if none of the above-mentioned bikes is likely to offer even a small-but-noticeable performance improvement. (I can here the bike industry folks organizing the hit squad now.)
Not surprisingly, my most important criteria are cornering and stiffness/acceleration. I have briefly test ridden the two Cannondales and have teammates who speak highly of the November frame. I did not perceive much of a difference on the Cannondales compared with my 9. In fact, I felt that I cornered better on the 9, but the test bikes were only roughly adjusted to my fit and I was very tentative when I rode them. I obviously need to take them through their paces more thoroughly.
Thanks for your input.