I posted this in a different thread and someone recommended I post here as well...
Hey all, this is my first post so thank you in advance for your helpful suggestions.
Over the past several months I have fallen in love with cycling. I have found it both a restbit and a blessing to my hectic and busy life. I know you all feel the same, so I'll move on... First, a few things about me..
I am 6'0 260 lbs (and dropping thanks to cycling, I was 280 a few months ago)
I ride about 3 times a week.
1 x (30-40 miles) weekend ride
2 x (10-20 miles) weeknights
Of course I hope to increase these milages over time.
Also, I live and ride in a VERY hilly part of New Jersey.
I have been riding on a Trek Hybrid ('02 7500 series) and though it's a decent bike, I have decided to make the move to road bike.
My budget is about $1500 (out the door) max
Here are the 2 Cannondale models that I am currently deciding between.
Synapse 5 Sport $1389
Synapse 6 (Triple) $1179
I have to say, the ride on both seems very similar. (Probably because I am not experienced enough to know the difference.) Essentially the main difference between the 2 models is the Shimano 105 vs. Shimano Tiagra components. So here's my questions..
1. Will I really notice a difference between the components? Is its a no-brainer upgrade of $200 (I would rather not spend the extra $200 if I don't have to)
2. Is there some other difference between the 2 that I am missing?
3. I am open to suggestions from if you feel I should go with an entirely different bike (but please recommend one that http://highgearcyclery.com/ sells. They are my LBS and would not think of buying something from elsewhere)
4. I am in no rush to buy, so does it make sense to wait for the 2009 models to come out. What time of the year do they usually come out?
P.S. I have nice petals and shoes from my hybrid so I won't need to include that in my budget.
Thanks in advance for your help.