The Cdale Synapse Carbon 5 that they promised for the end of May was in early last week, just in time for an incredible string of warm (20+ above normal), sunny (but windy) days. The bike rides very smoothly, as I had hoped. There are a few things that I'll have to learn about. Such as:
- It's my first bike without a sidestand, so I have to learn the tricks of leaning it against things or laying it down. I sure hate to think about leaning it against my car when I unload it, though.
- It's also my first compact crank, and I can see that I have to do a lot more front shifting than with my triples. OTOH, why have a front derailleur if you don't use it?
- It's got such a nice paint job compared to my other bikes that I'm going to be really bummed when it eventually picks up a chip or scratch.
The bike weights about 7-8 lbs less than my old aluminum Sequoia, and I think I can really feel the difference, especially on the few hills that I've encountered so far. I've lost the lowest gearing from the triple, but don't think I'll really miss it since this bike seems to go up 'em easier.
I switched the wheels already for some Mavic Aksiums that I wasn't using, but other than that I'll leave it as-is for a while (yeah, sure!). Now if the weather continues to cooperate, I can get some more miles on this baby...
(Sorry about the sneakers )