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fuji 2.0 le T $850 or cannondale synapse alloy 6 (2015) at $650

Old 03-08-16, 09:19 AM
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fuji 2.0 le T $850 or cannondale synapse alloy 6 (2015) at $650

Hi All,

With some shopping around I've narrowed down what I might get to two bikes. The Fuji 2.0 le (tread or sportif) or the cannondale synapse alloy 6.

I like the components on the Fuji better, specifically the thicker tires and slightly wider gear range (11-32 v. 12-30) but I could change the gear range for the cannondale to up to 34T for under $200 by buying an updated derailleur and wider cassette (components are <100, and I'm guessing labor would be around $100 for both, though I might change cassette myself since that seems straightforward).

Basically if the tires on the cannondale are any good (maddux 3.0 disc) then I think it's a better deal. I could even just ride the tires into the ground then replace. If they last long enough it's still a good deal.

What I'm worried about is that I'm likely to occasionally load my bike up to around 30lbs for my commute (not hilly) and on some SF area hills standing up and just cranking hard is necessary (which on my current vintage bike I've noticed draws the wheel out of alignment and possible puts a lot of lateral stress on the wheel). I'm not seeing a lot of hils+heavy loads in my future but one or the other will probably happen frequently.

Anyone have any experience with these bikes or wheels?


Thanks!
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Old 03-08-16, 04:31 PM
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San Fran? Ouch. My knees hurt just thinking about those climbs. I'd want the 34 or even a 36.
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Old 03-08-16, 05:08 PM
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If they were priced the same, I'd probably opt for the Fuji.

  • The Fuji has a 32-spoke rear wheel, which should be a little stronger than the 28 on the Cannondale. Since you mentioned carrying a little bit of a load, some extra strength isn't a bad idea.
  • I'm a Bay Area native and know those hills. Lower gearing is a good thing.
  • I don't have any first hand experience with Promax mechanical disc brakes like on the Cannondale, but from what I've read, I think I'll keep it that way. Not that the entry-level Tektros on the Fuji are top of the line, but I've got enough experience with Tektro products to trust them a little bit.


I personally wouldn't worry too much about the difference in gearing, especially since it's a simple cassette swap. Same goes for tires, kinda. It's pretty trivial to swap 25's for 28's or vice versa.

Getting back to price... If you've got any mechanical aptitude at all, you could put new tires and cassette on the Cannondale to match the Fuji and it'll still be $50-100 less.
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Thanks SkyDog! I hadn't even thought about the brakes.

If I swapped the tires wouldn't I have to buy new wider wheels too?
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Originally Posted by coachcommute View Post
If I swapped the tires wouldn't I have to buy new wider wheels too?
No. Rims will take a pretty wide range of tire widths, and even narrow road bike rims can generally take up to a 28 mm tire. I don't know the rim widths on those bikes, but if you ever find out, you can use a chart like the one on Sheldon Brown's site as a guide for acceptable tire widths:

Tire Sizing Systems

But keep in mind the rim often isn't the limiting factor when it comes to tire width. If you want to run bigger tires, you need to make sure there's enough fork & frame clearance to fit them. A number of newish road bikes can't comfortably take bigger than a 25 or maybe 28 mm tire.
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I commute on a Fuji Sportif 1.3 and love it. The bike is really comfortable. My commute is pretty flat (~130ft back over 7 miles), but I do load around 30lbs easy on the racks. Including my 270lb engine. So far, hadn't had a problem with the wheel spokes popping. Ironically, I can't say the same about my former Cannondale (Quick CX 4), which I had to take to the shop FIVE TIMES within the first 2 months for spokes popping... even the front ones! Sad to say that about a brand that's so highly esteemed. I forget which exact wheels they were, but they were stock of course, purchased brand new. I think it was the 2014 model.

In terms of value, you can't go wrong with either brand... though Fuji is usually more generous with their components where it counts imo. I ended up selling my C'dale and made a "lateral upgrade" to the Fuji, essentially the same price, but moved from Shimano Altus to Tiagra components, from a hybrid to a road bike setup.

The Sportif, as you know, has all the fixings of a great commuter (rack/fender mounts, wide tire clearance, wheels take 700 x 25-32, etc.). Pic included of the setup with rack and fenders.



Good luck on your search and your commute! It's definitely one of life's joys.
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