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New Bike 2014 Felt Z85 or Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc

Old 01-01-14, 04:42 PM
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New Bike 2014 Felt Z85 or Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc

I currently own a 2013 Cannondale Quick CX 1 and I love it. I am looking to add a Road Bike, hence the decision between the 2014 Felt Z85 or the Cannondale Quick CX 1. I have already decided that I will go with an Aluminum Alloy frame. The Felt is priced at $1299, where the Cannondale is $1570, it is about a $300 difference which I don't mind paying. I have test road the Cannondale, it is very comfortable which is very important to me because of some back issues. I plan on test riding the Felt very soon. I would appreciate feedback on which bike I should consider going with.

For your reference I have included a link to each bike.

Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc
http://www.cannondale.com/catalog/pr.../category/926/

Felt Z85
http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2014...eries/z85.aspx


Thank you in advance.

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Old 01-01-14, 04:44 PM
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Post a link to each bike.
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Old 01-01-14, 04:51 PM
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The Felt is the better bike.

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Felt-Z85-201...Bike_67303.htm
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Personally in your shoes…. and I was just a couple of days ago.. I would look at a used road bike. The prices are low even for a quality unit and you see if a road bike is what you want. Then either way you can sell the used one for near what you paid and upgrade. In my case I had just purchased my new hybrid last Jan., a Giant RX 0 and found a good buy on a 2011 Giant TCR Composite for $729.00. The new to me bike is in shipment from the seller but if things work out I got a great deal. Good luck with what ever you do. Oh and I wouldn't buy a road bike with disc brakes… but that's just me.
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I am relatively new to this, I have been riding for about a year now. Can you inform me as to why the Felt would be a better choice?
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Preferring one brand over another is solely at the discretion of every cyclist. Brand loyalty somehow plays heavily into the discussion and with that I'll confess that I am a proud owner of a Synapse so if I were in the OP's shoes it's quite obvious that leaning to the Cannondale brand is pretty heavy unless other brands offer a very compelling argument in terms of price, quality, handling and most importantly how it fits me.

The 2014 Synapse 5 Alloy offers the new wave of component that is the disc brake. Add to that the technological jargon that the company has been touting (which is just white noise to my ears meaning I take them at face value) in its bike componentry and that would perhaps be enough to warrant the price difference from the felt. Now, adding to my earlier confession, I am also a fan of the Felt brand and has been eyeing the Z85 for two years now. Haven't test-ridden it though so I don't know if that will also be a great fit to me just like my Synapse.

In a perfect scenario, just get them both. Then decide which one would be your beater bike.
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Same shop or different shops?

Assuming the bikes are from different shops, buy from the one with the people you like best. Really.
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Thanks. It would be the same bike shop.
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C dale shows a Triple, but the Specs say its a double too .. flip a coin.
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it depends on what you are looking for in a bike.
the 2 bikes are similar but the felt is more "ROAD" bike than the cannondale. it has traditional brakes instead of disc. it has a carbon seat post. and it looks like the headset is a bit stiffer with tapered bearings.
the cannondale looks a bit more "multipurpose" than the felt. it has fender and rack mounts that the felt has no mention of in the description. it also has disc brakes that will should work better in non optimal conditions. the cannondale also has their "save" vibration dampeners that the felt doesn't. from the description it looks like the frame is designed to flex more than the felt. but it has a alloy seat post and the headset looks like it's non tapered, no mention of tapered headset bearings in description. if you are a large guy like me, 200+ lbs, that could be a difference .
decide with features you like better. ride both bikes a little more than around the parking lot to decide with one rides smother. my guess is the cannondale will ride better but not be as stiff on rough roads. and pick which bike you like better.
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Thanks, I am a big guy-200+/5.8.

All of the posts are very helpful, with all of the additional information it makes my decision more informative and I feel that I am doing my due diligence. At the same time with all of this advice/comments it is making my decision that much more difficult-lol. Thank you to everyone that has posted their opinion.

I am looking for the most comfortable bike between the two (must test ride the FELT), but I don't want to get caught up in brand loyalty with the Cannondale. I like the option of having disc brakes and the SAVE technology but don't know if in the grand scheme of things will it make that much of a difference. I like the look of the FELT over the Cannondale.... just struggling here. I was already to purchase the Cannondale since it came out, but then did some research and then found the FELT......

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maybe throw a wrench in the gears.
look at a specialized secteuer in the comparisons.
the expert has 105 components, sora cassette, is disc brakes in the front and the rear and has a little bigger tires, 30 vs 25 on the others. priced about the same,has a msrp of 2k
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...ur-expert-disc

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or a Trek cross rip elite. 105 is not the minimum group-set to ride a bike.

It does influence what $ you have to pony up to buy it.
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