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Specialized Secteur Sport vs Cannondale Synapse Alloy 5 105

Old 02-28-11, 10:21 AM
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Specialized Secteur Sport vs Cannondale Synapse Alloy 5 105

Last year I dusted off my 1994 Specialized Hardrock, got my butt in the saddle and when winter rolled around I ended up putting on over 800 miles. Through the winter months I have kept in cycling shape by attending spinning classes 4 days a week.

Now that cycling weather is right around the corner I am looking to upgrade to my first road bike. Have spent many hours researching online and spending time at 2 LBS asking questions and checking out the 2011 bikes.

I am interested in riding longer distances, so I am interested in a bike with an endurance geo instead of a racing geo. One of my goals this year is to do at least one Century ride.

At this point my two top choices is a Specialized Secteur Sport or a Cannondale Synapse Alloy 5. Both bikes are similar in price which is based on what I plan on spending. Each LBS have group rides and they will allow me to test ride these bikes during a group ride, so instead of spending 10 or 15 minutes on each bike, I will put on about 25 miles on each.

While I know that my choice will be based on which bike fits me best (after test ride) I would like to know what your personal experience is with these bikes.

Thanks
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Last year I dusted off my 1994 Specialized Hardrock, got my butt in the saddle and when winter rolled around I ended up putting on over 800 miles. Through the winter months I have kept in cycling shape by attending spinning classes 4 days a week.

Now that cycling weather is right around the corner I am looking to upgrade to my first road bike. Have spent many hours researching online and spending time at 2 LBS asking questions and checking out the 2011 bikes.

I am interested in riding longer distances, so I am interested in a bike with an endurance geo instead of a racing geo. One of my goals this year is to do at least one Century ride.

At this point my two top choices is a Specialized Secteur Sport or a Cannondale Synapse Alloy 5. Both bikes are similar in price which is based on what I plan on spending. Each LBS have group rides and they will allow me to test ride these bikes during a group ride, so instead of spending 10 or 15 minutes on each bike, I will put on about 25 miles on each.

While I know that my choice will be based on which bike fits me best (after test ride) I would like to know what your personal experience is with these bikes.

Thanks
I have the 2010 Secteur Sport Triple. I'm generally pleased with the bike, with two exceptions:

1) The Shimano 2300 shifters are definitely bottom of the barrel, I'm swapping them out this Spring.
2) Coming from a steel road bike, the Secteur has a LOT more road buzz. For a Century ride, I'd probably use my steel bike.
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I have a Synapse 5 Aluminum w/ the 105 components (or at least it was 105 now its all Ultegra). I really like this bike. I have no plans to get rid of it. I felt the frame is very well made so I switched out every component for Ultegra 6700 parts and used my old parts to build my wife her first bike (found the same Synapse frame for her). To me its just what I needed to go out and do my daily solo rides of 20-30 miles with some longer rides when I have time. I went thru a lot of confusion trying to pick out my first road bike but in the end have been very satisfied with my aluminum Synapse. FWIW since I have swapped out every component on my bike I found the biggest bang for my buck were purchasing the new WH-6700 tubeless wheels & tires.
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Having owned an uncomfortably stiff italian aluminum frame, I was skeptical after reading about bikes like the Synapse and S1. I ride a carbon Damocles now which is so much more comfortable than my aluminum bike; however I tried out my Brother-in-Law's new 105/Synapse alloy bike and I was blown away by the ride quality. I'd have zero qualms about riding a Synapse after I took his for a spin. It was comfortable, the riding position was nice, and it never felt buzzy, just well planted and thoroughly enjoyable to ride. Haven't ridden a Secteur, but I have a hard time imagining it's equal to or better than the Synapse.
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Keep in mind the Secteur Comp is E5 aluminum vs all other models being A1. I have not ridden either, but some here swear by the E5. May be worth riding both.
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Thank you all for the great advice...keep it coming!!
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