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Old 08-21-12, 02:27 PM   #1
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Specialized Secteur vs Cannondale Synapse: Any thoughts

I'm dithering back on forth on upgrading to either the Synapse or the Secteur. I've ridden a secteur and really liked it. Years ago when I was riding a lot I had several Cannondales and liked all of them.
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Old 08-21-12, 02:41 PM   #2
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Ride them both for an hour if you can and pick the one you like better. They're both good bikes (I presume you mean the AL Synapse) and the only difference is going to be the value that you perceive.
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Yes I was referring to the AL. Sorry about the lapse.
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I don't know about your LBSs, but around here the comparably-equipped Specializeds carried about an extra $150-$200 price tag hit, so I didn't even bother to test ride them before buying my Synapse. I would have liked to consider them, but it was a no-go from the start.
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IMHO, unless money is tight, I would not let a couple hundred dollars force me onto a bike that is significantly less comfortable. If they are both within your budget, I would ride them both and buy what is most comfortable. If they are equally comfortable/fun, buy the one that looks the best to you. You will ride the one you like the looks of more!

If you have a Giant dealer around, you may want to try the Defy, too. I rode the carbon Synapse, Roubaix and Defy Composite one day, and FOR ME, the Defy was the hands down winner. I'm not saying you will feel the same way, but I'd suggest you at least give it a try!
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I'll have to look around for a Giant dealer. Doesn't seem to be any in the immediate area.
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IMHO, unless money is tight, I would not let a couple hundred dollars force me onto a bike that is significantly less comfortable.
I agree. For me, money was tight, though as it turned out, the Synapse was the most comfortable of all the bikes I tested, followed closely by the Felt Z85.
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Synapse may be able to run a wider tire based on the mid reach calipers, I think.
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I have a Secteur Sport and love it. It was a leftover '11 model and i saved around 25%. Only thing Ive changed were the crappy tires it came with.
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