I'm brand new to this site...and almost brand new to cycling. Can someone explain how cannondale deems their "Road Elite" models vs. "Performance Models?" I know the Synapse falls under the Performance Model line, but I guess I don't quite understand who the market is for that bike. Is a "cannondale performance bike" less aggressive and is slighty more upright?
Does a synapse compare to a specialized roubaix, whereas a Super Six compares to a Specialized Tarmac.
This past November, I rented my first performance bike in San Fran and had one of the greatest days ever. It was unbelievable and opened my eyes to cycling. The bike they rented to me was a Specialized Roubaix, but I am not quite sure of the model). But I assume 70 miles was too much, as my lower back was a mess and I couldn't move a week later. Obviously I over did it, and certainly wasn't conditioned. Though I am an avid runner, I can see that my core needs major strengthening to withstand this type of use .
I've decided to purchase a quality road bike this month, and almost had a chance at a 2102 Super Six Ultrega di2. I now may have a chance at a 2012 Synapse Hi-Mod 2, but I don't understand the difference in each bike's overall purpose. Outside from some parts varying in from each model, especially when one is Shimano and the other SRAM red, I am thinking that the frame and the geometry of the design must be different for a reason. And that someone would buy one over the other for some specific reasons or what they plan to do.
If the Synapse (like I believe the Roubaix is) is slightly less aggressive, and slightly more upright....maybe I fall in more of the Performance Side of bikes with Cannondale. That's assuming that either bike are exceptional, and that I am not giving up quality or features from one to another. If anyone has any input on what type of cyclist buys one over the other, it would be extremely appreciated.
Thanks so much....John