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Interested in opinions re: Cannondale 2018 & Trek alternatives

Old 12-26-17, 08:31 AM
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Interested in opinions re: Cannondale 2018 & Trek alternatives

1st- had my heart set on a new 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 and wanted rim brakes. I ordered it, paid for it, and then got in discussions with store re what i was actually buying: 2017 frame marketed as a 2018 because the 2018s dont come with rim brakes. So- is Cannondale misrepresenting the bike or is the lbs? Cancelled the purchase because it is basically a 2016 frame.

2nd-need a bike for vacation house. It will not be ridden for months at a time and call me uneducated but, dont know much about disc brakes and just prefer the rims as that is what this 56 year old is comfortable with.

3rd- I ride a Trek Emonda 5 2014 - which I love, love, love. But thought I would get something to go on less than perfect terrain- altho I have no issues with my emonda, I would like to ride on some trails that are not skinny tire friendly. I also tend to have sore back after riding 20 plus miles, altho, not to point where i stop riding.

4th-Dont want to spend more than 2500. I was also thinking about leaving emonda at 2nd home and getting new bike at home for commuting, general road and some packed trail. Def want drop bars.

Recommendations thoughts welcome
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Old 12-26-17, 01:51 PM
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Get a Trek Domane? Or better yet, a Trek Boone with cantilever brakes so you can put some real big tires for trail riding.
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Old 12-26-17, 05:30 PM
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I'm not sure what your post is about.

1 or 2 bikes? Replace or add a bike? A new bike for gravel and trails?

What kind of riding do you do now?
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Old 12-26-17, 05:40 PM
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You should get the Synapse that you special ordered... sounds like the bike shop got you what you wanted. The website shows that bike with rim brakes as a current offering. Not sure why you cancelled...

Synapse Carbon 105 | Cannondale Bicycles
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Old 12-27-17, 09:25 AM
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A couple of left-field ideas below. 2017 models may be best opportunity to get bang for your buck. I'm not sure how I feel about bike companies starting a trend of removing model years from websites/descriptions. Certainly creates a bit of confusion during times of the year where there's overlap of inventory (eg. 2017 v 2018 Ultegra bikes are markedly different -- the unsuspecting/uneducated LBS buyer beware).

Comparable to what you had originally ordered (even the color?) and listed correctly with model year (and discounted accordingly): Lapierre Sensium 500 CP Road Bike 2017 | Chain Reaction Cycles

an ultegra option but under your price cap
Lapierre Pulsium 600 FDJ Road Bike 2017 | Chain Reaction Cycles
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Yeah, I'm also unsure what your issue with the Cannondale was?

Bike manufacturers only update/redesign frames every 3-5 years. As far as year-to-year model changes, you're looking at paint and parts.
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Yeah, I'm also unsure what your issue with the Cannondale was?

Bike manufacturers only update/redesign frames every 3-5 years. As far as year-to-year model changes, you're looking at paint and parts.
I don't know Cannondale well, and can't find their 2017 bike line info, but wouldn't you expect the frame geometries (eg. fork rakes, HT angles, STAs and Standover) to be the same between the 105 caliper and 105 disc frames in the same calendar year?
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Originally Posted by Jhix01 View Post
1st- had my heart set on a new 2018 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105 and wanted rim brakes. I ordered it, paid for it, and then got in discussions with store re what i was actually buying: 2017 frame marketed as a 2018 because the 2018s dont come with rim brakes. So- is Cannondale misrepresenting the bike or is the lbs? Cancelled the purchase because it is basically a 2016 frame.
So what if its a 2016. If its all the components you want and the paint you like, then buy it.
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New bike- need to leave one @ vacation house.
Ride mostly road, but would be nice to ride packed dirt/gravel trails near me
2018 Cannondales Came out with new frame and touts improvements. It's more that they call it a 2018, but, itis a 2017@2018 pricing. I think I will end up with another Trek- prob.Domane.
Thanks all for your perspectives- Happy New Year!
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