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Am I buying the Wrong bike?

Old 04-09-10, 12:10 PM
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Am I buying the Wrong bike?

I Ride about 200-300 miles a week (College students have time) and I wanted a performance bike that would hold up well in my group rides, but that would be comfortable enough to take out for multi-day rides (Riding to a friend's house about 85ish miles away and back the next day).

I am about to buy the Cannondale Synapse 6 (Compact) Aluminum.

http://bikeway.com/product/cannondal...ct-58799-1.htm

Reasons:
- Compact geometry will put less strain on my back and neck for day rides
- Carbon fork and seat post will dampen road vibrations enough for me and carbon fiber always seemed too fragile for me.
- Cannondale, enough said
- My budget would be about 1200, but this seems to be just as good for $200 cheaper.
- I'm getting it for 1,000

I ask here becuase I've made the mistake of buying a bike without proper research. I've ridden it and love it, but if anyone has the bike or has just as good alternative, i'd love to hear from them.

so, yay or nay?
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Old 04-09-10, 12:15 PM
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Looks good to me. Seems like a great price also. Cannondale seems to hold their value well also, so you could dump it later if you ended up wanting something else.
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Maybe look for a bike with better components. If you can find a Shimano 105 bike (or better) and spend a little more, I'd do it that way. Given the number of miles you ride, Tiagra might not float your boat after awhile. YMMV.
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Dont forget to budget for shoes, bibs, jerseys etc

In your situation, I would go for a used CAAD9 and spend the rest on accessories.
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Old 04-09-10, 12:33 PM
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Seems like a great choice...without opening the can of worms of all the other great choices. Synapses respond well to climbing seated and smooth pedaling, if you are a stand up and sprint wanna be racer, a Caad would be a better choice.

I like to think of the aluminum synapse design as as close to titanium as aluminum will ever get... better ride, little soft for all out riding.

Tiagra is just fine, quick rear shifting, a little too long in level travel on the front rings, but livable.
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Old 04-09-10, 12:35 PM
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Nice bike....
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Old 04-09-10, 12:42 PM
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Good choice as long as you're okay with the tradeoffs. One good thing is even the Aluminum frames have the S.A.V.E. features in the stays which you'll appreciate on bumpy roads. I have the 2009 Synapse Carbon 3 and it's a nice long distance geometry. Enjoy.
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I'd echo the step up to 105 components over Tiagra. Not that Tiagra's bad at all. Once they're both tuned perfectly it's tough to tell the difference between the two. However, the 105 seems to stay in tune for longer than Tiagra or Sora in my experience. If you're going to be putting 200-300 miles a week, having a set it and forget it drivetrain is a very nice thing. If I were in your shoes, I'd save up the extra $200 for the step up to 105. It's a much better investment than trying to upgrade the group later.
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Old 04-09-10, 01:28 PM
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I almost bought that bike in carbon and was going to get the ultegra version. Great bike. I would pay another 250 and get it with 105. But if budget is an issue, wouldn't sweat it.

There are alternatives, but why bother looking at them if you like that bike and price is right? Giant makes the Defy line, Specialized makes Ruboix (sp?), etc. I think Synapse is better than both of those but everyone is different.

And don't bother with the Caad 9. Its a pure racing bike with a cult-like following. You will do much better with the Synapse, unless you want to race.
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Old 04-09-10, 01:34 PM
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Compact geometry does nothing for reducing neck and back strain. That is mostly a function of bike fit and riding position. The Synapse does have a taller head tube allowing a more upright riding position. But given that you are young with decent flexibility, I really doubt you'll have trouble getting the right fit even on a racier bike.

Carbon seatpost does nothing for reducing vibration. In any case the bike you're looking at has an aluminum seatpost with a carbon fiber finish and not a true carbon fiber seatpost.

Given the amount of miles you're putting in I think it's safe to say you'll give racing a go sooner or later. I'd say go for a CAAD9-5. Get a stem that allows for a more upright position and put on some 25c or tubeless tires for comfort on those long slow rides. Then swap stem and tires for those fast rides or races. That'll give you the best all around flexibility imho.
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+1 on this carbon-wrapped seatpost not doing anything noticeable for ride quality.

But, +1 on the frame and fork's dampening qualities with their "S.A.V.E." tube shaping.

I have a CAAD8, and it's fun. But, I want something smoother for long rides, and a Synapse is definitely on my short list. I'd say that you're choosing the right bike.

One thing I might look at is how you will be carrying stuff when you visit your friend 85 miles away. A regular rear rack can be installed, but if you're packing light, you can do fine with a seatpost-mounted rack, too. That won't matter if you can stand using a backpack the whole way, though.
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Old 04-09-10, 02:54 PM
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buy a used bike with better components.. i got my cannondale team saeco with complete ultegra 10 spd and ksyrium elite wheels for 700 bucks.. it came with some scuffs and dirt, but to get the equivalent new i would've had to pay over double...
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Whatever bike you get, make sure the fit is good and proper. That is more important than frame type, components, etc.
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if you don't plan on racing then get the bike that you feel most comfortable with. I am a caad 9-5 owner but would have no problem ridig that synapse and looked long and hard at it before I ended on the caad. would like to do some local crit races next year once I get into shape and feel comfortable riding in groups.

One note however when I got my caad t was set up pretty upright with the stem turned up and a number of spacers. It didn't have a very different feel from the synapse so, go try a caad for the hell of it but get the synapse if you like it and feel its the right bike for you.

BTW the liquidgas professional team have ridden and the synapse in the paris roubaix a tough coble stone climbing race, very much performance in this bike.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post

I have a CAAD8, and it's fun. But, I want something smoother for long rides, and a Synapse is definitely on my short list. I'd say that you're choosing the right bike.
The CAAD8 is reckoned to be on a par with carbon for long-distance comfort - I wouldn't switch to a Synapse... try 25c's instead. I sold my CAAD8 for a Tommasini... and while I don't exactly regret it, if another used CAAD8 comes along I'll jump on it.
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I know people here tend to knock on Fuji but the new 2010 Roubaix 1.0 has SRAM Rival and looks killer. Performance has it for $1100 with coupon.



Not saying it's better than the Cannondale but it is another option since you are on a budget.
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Originally Posted by SkinnyLegs View Post
Carbon seatpost does nothing for reducing vibration. In any case the bike you're looking at has an aluminum seatpost with a carbon fiber finish and not a true carbon fiber seatpost.
While I agree that a carbon-wrapped seatpost doesn't do anything for vibration, a true carbon fiber post makes a difference. I'd go with aluminum if we had nothing but butter smooth roads around here, but having ridden on the crappy roads that adorn our hills around here, carbon seatpost makes me a lot less beat-up at the end of the day.
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It's a good , solid ride overall. No matter what, you will want to up grade somethings. The aforementioned Fuji would be a nice choice as well. They seem to be solid bikes. I'm not a big fan of compact frames, but if it fits you, don't let me tell you any different. I ride a six 5 & even though it's no super light weight, if fairs quite well and is plenty stiff for me (6'4 235lbs).

Don't be afraid to ask around about availability of leftovers. A few months ago I saved almost $600 for an '09 (same specs as '10). Their seems to bit a bit of them around with the economy the way it is.
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Originally Posted by Monkey Face View Post
The CAAD8 is reckoned to be on a par with carbon for long-distance comfort - I wouldn't switch to a Synapse... try 25c's instead. I sold my CAAD8 for a Tommasini... and while I don't exactly regret it, if another used CAAD8 comes along I'll jump on it.
Part of why I'd like to switch is that I ended up with too big of a CAAD8. But, I've also recently tried out some pretty nice stuff like a Look 566, Tarmac, etc., and that 566 was awfully darned nice. I just didn't feel the same cracks and buzzes on a particular stretch of pavement that I had memorized on my CAAD8.

The Synapse is built like the 566, and although I'm looking to try a carbon version, the aluminum one I tried when I chose my CAAD8 rode smoother than the -8. I chose the CAAD8 because I liked how it was firmer and more aggressive, but looking back now, I might be enjoying my mileage more on a Synapse.
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According to BF if it's not a CAAD 9 (which I recommend), a Cervelo, or something custom/exotic you're buying the wrong bike.
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The Synapse has a more relaxed geometry than the CAAD series or the other race specific models so if you're not looking for an aggressive fit this bike will be fine for your intended use. I haven't ridden the Synapse in aluminum but I'm sure it's a good ride since most aluminum bikes nowadays aren't harsh the way they used to be.
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Well, just today I tried the CAAD9 5 after all the great responses I got here about it. and yeah.....
I'm getting it. I'm getting it with 105 components as well.
I'm 20 yr and the additional comfort I would receive from from the synapse would go unnoticed. Younger cyclists like myself don't get sore quite as easily and as fast as older riders. Plus, Ever since I started avidly cycling, I have lost 40 pounds and, who knows; as I get better I may develop an interest in racing.
I always checking these forums. you guys are great, thanks for all the help.
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Younger cyclists like myself don't get sore quite as easily and as fast as older riders.
Speak for yerself. Never underestimate the advantage of calloused muscles.

You're gonna have fun with the CAAD9.
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Didn't read a single thing in this thread but if you are asking here the odds are yes
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Congrats on the CAAD9. Did you order it in blue or black?
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