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Cannondale Synapse 7 or Trek 1.5

Old 07-31-09, 04:29 PM
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Cannondale Synapse 7 or Trek 1.5

I'm a newb to cycling and want to get into road cycling. I've narrowed down what bike I want to two bikes that both fit within my price range, the Cannondale Synapse 7 and the Trek 1.5. I was wondering what things I should consider when choosing between the two or which once is better. I want a bike for commuting and occasional long distance rides exceeding 200 miles. any opinions are greatly appreciated
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Synapse 7. I have a Synapse 5 and it is great. After a few hundred miles (not all at once) you will find it to be a real comfortable bike that is still responsive.
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Synapse 7 is great!
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Synapse 7 is great!
for the love of pete.... sweep the driveway paint the garage door white(or at least new paint) and get the crank arms proper.
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So, am I the only one who doesn't look at the backgrounds? Too busy riding to do most of those things! Or, cruising through this darn forum...
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i'm leaning toward the cannondale as well. however, what are the differences between the two bicycles? positives and negatives to consider?
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i'm leaning toward the cannondale as well. however, what are the differences between the two bicycles? positives and negatives to consider?
Ride both and see which one feels better. I did not try the 1.5, but I did ride the 1.2 and liked the Synapse better. I also liked the Synapse better than the CAAD (which isn't the norm on this forum). The Synapse is more upright that some others because it's built more for comfort, but I do see on another link that some people must race them, too.

I think it's a great entry level bike, and my Synapse 7 was only $899. It's a little heavier than other bikes, but that may contribute to the comfort (just a guess). I do know the wheels and a triple crank will contribute to the weight, though. At some point, I think I would like to trade out everything for a Rival group (double crank, too) and new wheels. I'm assuming since it's a Cannondale, the frame is just fine.

Go ride them and see which one you like!
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