I am on the lookout for a road bike and I have these two options in front of me. I want to spend only around $1200-$1400 at most now, but want to get a decent bike.
After doing a lot of calling round REI stores in 30 mile radius I found that one store has 2012 stock remaining of Cannondale Synapse 6 Carbon. I was originally wanting a Synapse 5, but since my budget is lower, I was going to go for an Aluminum Felt Z85 at another store which they will sell it to me for 10% off MSRP. There was some confusion if the Felt was 2012 or 2013, but the shop says it is 2013 listed incorrectly on sale for 10% discount, but they will still honor the price since I am repeat customer. I am thinking this is a good deal for a 2013 Felt Z85, but then I found this Synapse which looks even better deal.
So, my options:
1. 2012 Cannondale Synapse 6 $1330 (not sure this is SRAM Apex or Shimano tiagra, 2013 is listed as Tiagra, while 2012 shows up as SRAM Apex).
2. 2013 Felt Z85 $1214 (Shimano 105)
I am thinking Cannondale is a great deal since original MSRP is close to $1800 on 2012. So I am getting close to $500 off and full carbon frame for this price. I can always upgrade to 105 or Ultegra, with the money I am already saving plus a bit more, and still come out better than spending $2500 for full carbon with ultegra now.
Which one is a better deal? Is is too good to be true. Anyone has experience with 2012 Synapse 6 Carbon? Is it SRAM Apex, and if so it is comparable to Tiagra or 105?
What about Felt Z85, $1214 for 2013 sounds good deal, but I am wondering if the shop is pulling one on me, since it is hard to figure out 2012 from 2013. I hope not.