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Will a more aggressive goemetry help?

Old 06-07-10, 09:06 AM
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Will a more aggressive goemetry help?

Hi, I have a question, and I don't wish to start a CAAD flame war, I'm just using that bike as an example...
So my question is, I have a Cannondale Synapse HiMod 1, love the bike bike, but would a more aggressive frame geometry, as in say the CAAD 9 be a viable choice for a race bike?
Or should I just save my pennies for a better wheelset for my Synapse (currently Mavic Ksyrium SL premiums)
I haven't done any racing as of yet, and I would not even buy another bike until I know I'm going to race more, but do you guys think this is something to look into?
Thanks in advance
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It would be foolish to start questioning your equipment before actually racing.
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stick with your bike. it sounds decent enough (way better than mine) and ksyrium wheels are WAAAY better then mine. I had my first racing season with a trek 2.1 and I did just fine. It got me addicted enough to love the sport. I might buy better wheels next seasons (like maybe ksyriums) but definitely not a new bike.

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sounds to me like you have a pretty nice bike and wheelset right now, i dont think you're even close to being equipment limited.
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Oh yeah no, sorry guys I guess I should have said I will be sticking with my bike, I was just curious as to how much a more aggressive frame would help.
I'm certainly going to be using/racing my bike for at least a couple of seasons....because as you know carbon frames go soft after 2 years....right?
Sorry I just read the post where the guy read a report saying that....couldn't resist!!
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Unless your running a -17º stem slammed then a more aggressive geometry won't matter at all because you'll have to run spacers in order to be comfortable.
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experience talking, just race for at least 1 season and figure it out if you want to continue doing it, then think in whats the best. W/O having a sponsor besides yourself and maybe daddy is kind'a hard to guess stuff. Besides if you suck as a racer, situation that could happen no matter what you buy you will suck anyways... In my case? have descent stuff but i suck big time
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If you want to drop your bars more than you can, then the shorter head tube will help. If the bike fits, it fits.

My teammate (a 4) just got 12th in a 91 mi road race on a Synapse. He sprinted for various KOMs and such in the circuit race the day prior. It was his second stage race in two weeks, ended up doing 6 races in 8 days.

Pack handling skills, cornering-in-a-group skills, those will count more than your frame/equipment.

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Want a more agressive fit? Try bending your elbows more before you do anything else.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist
sounds to me like you have a pretty nice bike and wheelset right now, i dont think you're even close to being equipment limited.
Originally Posted by mike868y
Unless your running a -17º stem slammed then a more aggressive geometry won't matter at all because you'll have to run spacers in order to be comfortable.
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experience talking, just race for at least 1 season and figure it out if you want to continue doing it, then think in whats the best. W/O having a sponsor besides yourself and maybe daddy is kind'a hard to guess stuff. Besides if you suck as a racer, situation that could happen no matter what you buy you will suck anyways... In my case? have descent stuff but i suck big time
Originally Posted by carpediemracing
If you want to drop your bars more than you can, then the shorter head tube will help. If the bike fits, it fits.
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Want a more agressive fit? Try bending your elbows more before you do anything else.
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Originally Posted by Chrimbler
Hi, I have a question, and I don't wish to start a CAAD flame war, I'm just using that bike as an example...
So my question is, I have a Cannondale Synapse HiMod 1, love the bike bike, but would a more aggressive frame geometry, as in say the CAAD 9 be a viable choice for a race bike?
Or should I just save my pennies for a better wheelset for my Synapse (currently Mavic Ksyrium SL premiums)
I haven't done any racing as of yet, and I would not even buy another bike until I know I'm going to race more, but do you guys think this is something to look into?
Thanks in advance
Race what you have first before looking to replace a bike you haven't tested in those conditions, and it won't hold you back by any stretch. Also consider that you can set the Synapse in a more aggressive position, assuming you have spacer under your stem.
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