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Old 09-12-12, 07:28 PM   #1
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Narrowed down choices....

Finally got measured and decided to forgo the online shopping and go through the LBS...
they are waiting on the 2013 shipments..when they get bigger bikes in I will test ride

Madone 2.1 in a 62

And either or both
CAAD 10 5 in 61 (if too small I know it comes in 63)
Synapse AL 5 in 61 - last choice of the 3, not that its a bad choice

the Synapse and Madone are more in my price range, OTD...but I cant get rid of that nagging feeling in the back of my mind about all of good reviews on the CAAD 10..... guess a test ride will determine the "winner"

now if i can just get the friggin motorcycle sold!!!
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Old 10-17-12, 02:36 PM   #2
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Did you decide and pick up a new bike? I am currently thinking about the Madone 2.1 and was wondering what your thoughts were.

THanks!
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Old 10-17-12, 08:12 PM   #3
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You cannot go wrong with those Cannondale models: CAAD10 and Synapse AL... nice!
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Old 10-19-12, 06:17 AM   #4
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All three are good choices....it's fun to test drive and decide...good luck
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Old 10-19-12, 07:01 AM   #5
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I can't speak to the Madone, but the biggest difference in frame design between the CAAD10 and Synapse will be in the latter's slightly more relaxed geometry, particularly the taller head tube, which doesn't require as much drop from the saddle to the bars. There are also some differences in the rear triangle that are purported to provide more vertical compliance and therefore a slightly more comfy ride with the Synapse. When I was in the market last summer ('11), I didn't try any of the CAAD line, because I knew I was going to need to keep my bars and saddle closer to the same height. I tested a Raleigh, a couple of Felts, a Bianchi and a couple of Treks. For me, it ended up being between one of the Felts and the Synapse Alloy 5, and I picked the Synapse. I just loved the way it rode, and I felt better about the shop in question, too.
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