Looking for a bit of advice on these two bikes. I'm a serious runner looking to add biking to the repertoire, and have decided to purchase my first road bike. I'll be using it mostly for cross-training once or twice a week, riding anywhere between 1-2h on weekdays and 4-6h on weekends and my form improves.
Don't plan on doing any bike racing per say (never say never), but I think I'll opt to try a duathlon or tri (half-iron distance) in the future.
Would appreciate your suggestions on which bike may be the better fit. Test rode the Allez last weekend and had a fun time. Testing the CAAD this Saturday. Price on both is comparable, $1200 at my LBS.
In my mind, what the Specialized has going for it is the frame with Smartweld and full carbon, the CAAD has otherwise the better groupset (105s) and pretty much everything else.
This review led to me to test ride and buy my CAAD 8. If I had seen a similar review on the Allez it probably would have come down to which bike I liked better lookwise. I think Cannondale road bikes in general look much more nicer than Specialized. Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra review | road.cc