So I went looking for a new road bike to replace my old friend a 1997 c'dale F500 (set up for mostly road riding). Originally I had my mind made up on a Synapse mostly because everybody said how comfortable they were. When I saw the 2012 supersix, I forgot what a synapse was and HAD to have the supersix. My first thoughts were of the way it looks like it wants to go fast, and how light it was (+-17.8lbs/8088g on my scale), and it was selling for what a new synapse carbon was with similar components. I brought it home this week!!
I took it out Monday for a quick spin (-9C/16F) to get it adjusted and fitting right (so I thought). Immediately I could feel how quick it was. Usually it would take a bit to get to speed but the acceleration was way faster and less effort than before. Averaged around 15MPH on 5 mile ride (not bad considering I have not been on a bike since November of last year) Getting home I was SORE!. GET A PROPER BIKE FITTING!!! I got it set up properly right away as I was leaving for Mass the next morning, loaded it into the cab of my truck and went to bed.
I parked about 5:30 PM, got changed and set out from the truck stop in Kittery Maine (32F), heading for my favorite bike store in NH- Pappa Wheelies in Portsmouth (awesome name!! and great staff) for some better tires but they were closed. From there I went up to rt 1 then 1A to Rye NH to the ocean. What a beautiful first real ride, until it started getting dark##@@!! forgot my light!! I hammered back to the truck and called it a night.
I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a new road bike. It looks AWESOME. Although being low spoke count the cheapy Shimano rs-10 wheels felt quite solid, not much flex and handled the ruts, bumps, and hard corners nicely. The 105 components were flawless, seat was amazingly comfortable which probably had more to do with the carbon frame (I am currently 235LBS) . Although the bike being very quick and stiff the steering was not scary at all. Acceleration is amazing and not a lot of effort is needed to keep the bike at speed. For being the second time on the bike since last year and on it for about an hour and a half my hands were not numb at all(not much padding in the giro gloves either). If I had to say anything bad about the bike it would be that it should have 105 brakes and maybe come with pedals.
There are leftovers of these around to be had a great prices, It was originally 2400 and I paid 1599CDN plus tax. After I laid the money down on it I was worried that The comfort level would not be there but it is fine. I had a touring specific bike some years ago and I am not sure if it was this comfy on the first ride of the year either. I'll know more when the 5 ft of snow is gone and I can start riding locally.DSCF2258 copy.jpg