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Synapse, Fast?

Old 07-31-09, 07:56 PM
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Synapse, Fast?

I'm torn between the Synapse Carbon or the CAAD9-5. I've ridden both, but I only got the chance to go really fast w/ the CAAD because I had more space. The Synapse was only in a parking lot. Does anyone know if you can go pretty fast w/ the Synapse?

For example, would I be able to keep up in group rides if I get the Synapse or is this thing just a slow clunker that's comfy?
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Old 07-31-09, 08:02 PM
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I can keep up with group rides on my touring bike....... Get the one you like and ride.

Either bike will be plenty fast.... the motor?
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This might answer your question. It's good enough for the pros to race in probably the biggest single day race in the world. I'm no expert, but I'd bet you wouldn't notice any speed difference. The synapse might be more comfortable, but I own a CAAD 9 and I'll say that it's a more comfortable ride than my last Al frame and it's an unbeatable value.
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Originally Posted by dmb2786 View Post




This might answer your question. It's good enough for the pros to race in probably the biggest single day race in the world. I'm no expert, but I'd bet you wouldn't notice any speed difference. The synapse might be more comfortable, but I own a CAAD 9 and I'll say that it's a more comfortable ride than my last Al frame and it's an unbeatable value.
Good post,
Proof that most of these bikes are only as fast as you can pedal them. Go with the Synapse for comfort and speed. Aluminum will beat you up on long rides compared to carbon yet you will have NO performance penalty with carbon.
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The Synapse will be more comfortable, but I'm just biased towards the CAAD 9 for its brutal aluminum frame. Also, the seatstays on the Synapse look terrible.
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You'll be fine with either. I was thinking about getting a Tarmac back at the end of 07, and walked away with a Roubaix - similar concept to a Synapse. It's still the motor that holds back my performance, not the bike.
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Old 07-31-09, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by iareConfusE View Post
The Synapse will be more comfortable, but I'm just biased towards the CAAD 9 for its brutal aluminum frame. Also, the seatstays on the Synapse look terrible.
I, for one, really love the way they look. All curvy and sexy.
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Doesn't really matter. A bike will not make you go faster (in relation to the OP)...and I love my Al Synapse; treats me just right.
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