So I was recently hit by a car and my bike is done. I had a Cannondale CAAD9 5. I am looking to upgrade now and was thinking about a Cannondale Evo Red (the base Evo). Another option is to get a Super Six Ultegra. Before I started riding I was 235lbs. I am now down to 210lbs and for a Clydesdale I can climb great. My typical ride pattern is to work once a week 15 miles and then a long ride on the weekend, usually 70 miles or more. I love to ride in the mountains so climbing is a must. I have done a few double centuries and plan to do some more but I prefer to do extra long centuries with lots of elevation.
My last bike was $1500 the Evo Red is upwards of $3000 with the sale this weekend. That is a big price jump. I am just trying to figure out if the jump is warranted? I actually wouldn't mind another CAAD but I really dislike this years color schemes but next years is alright but then again I wouldn't be upgrading. Each year I tend to ride more distance or elevations or bigger riders so it seems logical to get a better bike. What does everyone think? One and are Shimano parts compatible with Sram? Is one better then the other (red vs ultegra)? My local bike store was showing me the new Cannondale Synapse (they have a model that has a special price slash this weekend) but I think they are just trying to push the new thing.
P.S. I finally got to see the doctor and I have a Grade II AC separation but luckily that is all. I start physical therapy next week for 4 weeks or more (twice a week) so hopefully I will be back riding in November. In the mean time I plan to get a trainer and sit in my garage with either my hybrid or a replacement.