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    Quote Originally Posted by calyco View Post
    I would like to stay under $1500. Regarding aesthetics I like something a little more low key, like the CAAD10 5 105 in black or the CAAD10 black inc (not the price lol).
    Yeah, you should've mentioned that in your OP.

    Get a Trek 1.5 in black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    I ended up picking up a 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra ;-). 22 speeds and the shifting is absolutely beautiful. The shop I bought it from is really good (highly recommended by many friends that bike A LOT - one has 15 bikes haha) and they took care of me.
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    Nice, would appreciate it you can keep us updated on how you like it. What other models did you try out and how was it? TIA and hope you enjoy your ride

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    I tried several Cannondale, trek, and a couple of other brands I forget the names of off hand but all good name brands. The Cannondale fit me the best and I liked the ride and feel the best. It handles very well - almost surprisingly well and the shifting with the ultegra is super smooth and very fast/positive.

    A couple carbons I rode almost felt washy / not sure how to better describe it. Just almost like they weren't as stable.

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    Here's a crappy picture of the bike [iPhone, it was dark, it used flash]. While I'd like to remove the reflectors it's legally required here - that said - before I go to the group ride I'll find out if I'm going to catch crap for having them on there haha.
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    Beautiful Bike! Cannondale makes the best road bikes But not the best hybrids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    Here's a crappy picture of the bike [iPhone, it was dark, it used flash]. While I'd like to remove the reflectors it's legally required here - that said - before I go to the group ride I'll find out if I'm going to catch crap for having them on there haha.
    Very nice! I originally wanted that colour too, but my LBS didn't have one in stock. I see that you've already removed the dork disc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daihard View Post
    Very nice! I originally wanted that colour too, but my LBS didn't have one in stock. I see that you've already removed the dork disc.
    I didn't remove it - the LBS did it for me . They asked if I wanted the reflectors and I said I could take them off easily enough if I decided and that way at least I'd have them.

    I love the color - they had a black in stock too but I do some riding at night and this will be much easier to see if light hits it than the matte black one - although the black one was pretty sharp too .

    I was honestly not expecting to leave with a bike, much less this one [which was a fair bit over my budget] but I had the wife with me and she said, 'You better get it or you'll be regretting not getting it later on and want to get it anyways and then you'll have to find something to do with whatever you settled on.' She is right - she knows me .

    I rode a few with 105's and, while they worked well, they weren't nearly as fast/smooth/positive as the Ultegras. I could have been happy with them but I'm exceedingly happy with the Ultegras .
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    Merckx EMX/Shimano 105 Complete Road Bike $1,899.00 (was $4,699.00 -60% Off)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDVB View Post
    I love the color - they had a black in stock too but I do some riding at night and this will be much easier to see if light hits it than the matte black one - although the black one was pretty sharp too .
    Yeah, I like the black too. I could enjoy a little variety, though, as my other bike (a Trek hybrid) is black as well.

    I was honestly not expecting to leave with a bike, much less this one [which was a fair bit over my budget] but I had the wife with me and she said, 'You better get it or you'll be regretting not getting it later on and want to get it anyways and then you'll have to find something to do with whatever you settled on.' She is right - she knows me .
    Haha, I hear ya. I'm like that too, and my wife knows it. See, great minds...

    I rode a few with 105's and, while they worked well, they weren't nearly as fast/smooth/positive as the Ultegras. I could have been happy with them but I'm exceedingly happy with the Ultegras .
    I know what you mean. I test rode both the Carbon 3 Ultegra and the Carbon 5 105. The difference was night and day.
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    After sizing/fitting me the guy that worked with me had me try a 105 first, a couple of others, and then a couple of ultegras. He asked me not to pay attention to the frames/components/brands but simply let him know what I like/dislike about each as far as ride, comfort, braking, shifting, etc... Told me to ride them good and hard and actually told me to ride longer/harder a few times so I could really get a feel [he did a good job].

    He got a really good feel for what I wanted and helped me keep brand/model/series bias out of it [i.e. not going for Ultegras just because I heard they were good, but because I genuinely preferred them].

    Once I had ridden a lot of bikes he basically pulled out the bike that had all of the features I said I liked and none of the ones I disliked and had me try it - it was this bike and I loved it - absolutely loved it.

    We then went through the other bikes and discussed what they had and what I said I did or didn't like in detail and it became pretty clear I'm fairly picky . I'm not sure if I've ever heard somebody describe a carbon framed bike as feeling 'washy' or unstable but I found a frame today that felt that way.

    I even rode a few with disc brakes - nice in concept but to be honest I felt like I had more stopping power with the ultegra brakes [and they were quieter, a lot quieter].

    I'm sure if I were more seasoned/experienced and walked in and said what I wanted I'd get exactly that but he gave me exactly the help I needed. They will do a free re-fit for me swapping out anything needed to help me fit the bike after I've put a hundred or two miles on it [i.e. if I have any issues - let them know - they'll help me work it out free].

    All in all the mechanic I talked with also seemed very knowledgeable - he didn't seem to be just a lackey working in a shop but seemed to genuinely enjoy what he did and seemed to care about it .

    This was Nebo Ridge Bicycles on the North Side of Indianapolis. I worked with Joel .
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    So the sales guy told you not to pay attention to what you were riding, asked you to describe what you liked about bikes you didn't pay attention to and then put you on the most expensive bike he had and said it has all of what you like and none of what you don't? Sounds about right
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    No - I was well aware of what all I rode and what it had on it before I made a final decision. He just didn't want brands or groupset names/levels to introduce bias since I was new to this type/level of bike. I did tell him I had been doing a lot of research online and he simply suggested that I do it that way [without paying attention to the details, but the ride/handling/performance] but certainly didn't force me into it. I agreed that it was a good idea and a good way to get an as-unbiased-as-possible view on the bikes themselves.

    This wasn't actually the most expensive or highest end I rode but it's the one that had everything I wanted that was the cheapest from a performance and comfort standpoint. I could have easily spent twice what I did - but I liked this one the most.

    Maybe I should have been more clear. He did try to talk me into a couple of cheaper bikes as he thought they would meet my needs and that I really didn't need to spend as much as I did but I didn't like the way they rode/shifted/handled. After the "blind" rides I rode all of them again after talking about them all, their components, and their prices.

    The point I was trying to make is that he tried to keep any bias l may have had from researching online out of it and I rode a lot of bikes multiple times and made a decision based upon what I did or did not like and not that he tried to sell me the most expensive bike [quite the contrary].

    There was no pressure at all to get the one I wanted. He actually thought the aluminum synapse with 105s would have made me happy but it didn't ;-). He was genuinely surprised that I was picky enough to not like the 105 .

    This was a vastly different experience from the first LBS experience I had at another shop. They didn't size or fit me and tried hard to sell me what *they* wanted to sell me. I only rode that one bike and I bought it without comparing it to others in that case. I am happy with that bike but if I could go back knowing what I know now - I'd have ended up with something vastly different. It's now my family bike/leisure bike/towing the kid trailer bike .

    All in all Joel at Nebo Ridge was very straightforward and did his best to get me to try a wide range of bikes. I had an excellent experience.
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    I managed to fall over ;-). Unclipped coming to a stop and when I went to put my right foot down on the curb I managed to clip back in and fell over. Now when I'm coming to a stop I unclip the one I'm putting down and rest my heel on the pedal so it can't clip back in. Lesson learned!

    Since the bike is so light I sacrificed my knee to keep the bike off the ground. Only managed to get a couple light scratches on the rear derailleur - purely cosmetic and you can't see them unless you get down and look close.

    Word to the inexperienced from my hindsight - if you're not absolutely sure your foot is not over the pedal put your heel or the middle of your foot on it so you know you won't accidentally clip back in. Haha.

    Beyond that I did 10 miles with an average of 17mph and max of 26.3. I was taking it easy getting used to the bike and the shifters/brakes and had to keep slowing down for u-turns as I was staying in the neighborhood.

    I love the clipless pedals overall. Very solid and I can stand up and really pour some power into the bike without worrying about my foot slipping off of a pedal. The shoes are also great and it all just feels fantastic across the board.

    Light scratches on the rear derailleur:


    More visible with flash:


    My knee, which took the bulk of the damage :
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    So is the main color of the frame deep blue or is it black?

    I was looking at the R/W/Blue Synapses at the LBS about a week ago while waiting on the service guy. Sharpest bikes on the rack, I thought. I don't know much about cannondale to know if they're a current color or last year's or what.

    PS: There are two types of bikers: People who have forgotten to unclip and fallen over, and those who haven't yet. Happens to everyone, glad you and the new bike are both mostly okay.
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    Yeah, the guy at the shop as well as all of my friends that ride clipless told me it was only a matter of time . Not if but when.

    Went to the LBS today and swapped out the saddle - they have demo saddles that you can try out and once you find what you like you buy a new one of that kind. Wanted to get out and try it but it's currently hailing .

    It's red/white/blue. Blue is the main color. Highlights are red and white.
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