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Is Scattante REALLY Ok? - Better Value Than Cannondale?

Old 05-26-11, 08:27 AM
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Is Scattante REALLY Ok? - Better Value Than Cannondale?

So I am getting ready for my first road bike and I have narrowed it down to a few choices, Cannondale and Scattante.

I can get a Scattante with 105's for $300 less than a Cannondale with 105's or I can pay the Scattante price but get a Cannondale Synapse 6 without 105's so lessser of a bike.

I guess my only problem is the Scattante name. Is it like a store's house brand and should be avoided? I would feel a lot better riding a "Cannondale" but at the same time, I don't want to spend $300 more (or the same price and get a lesser bike) just for a name.

I guess my question is, is Scattante a legit, respected, quality bike brand and would you recommend it over Cannondale?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-26-11, 08:29 AM
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There's nothing wrong with Scattante, but it's nothing special either. It's a house brand for performance while Cannondale is a name brand. I personally won't go any lower than 105 in components, so if that was where my budget ended, I'd go with the Scattante. If I could afford a Cannondale with 105, I'd prefer that.
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Scattante is a fine frame. Don't let a name on the downtube make your mind up for you. One of my three bikes is a Bikes Direct Gravity. If anyone stops me and derides my frame, I will fart in their general direction.

$300 will get you a lot of stuff you need, like tubes, pump, bibs, shoes, saddle, whathaveyou.
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It'd probably help to link to a specific model to compare. Are we talking aluminum comparisons or carbon comparisons? More aggressive or more relaxed models?
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Like the others said Scattante is decent and the customer service and policies from PB are very good. But for $300 difference (assuming same level components + wheels) I would probably get the Cannondale.
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Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
It'd probably help to link to a specific model to compare. Are we talking aluminum comparisons or carbon comparisons? More aggressive or more relaxed models?
Thanks for the replies so far. Here is the Scattante that I am considering: https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...20000__1605509

The best deal on a new, comparable Cannondale model is $300 more.
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Don't forget you're getting another $150 off that bike if you buy it during the sale. What specific model Cannondale are you considering?
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Don't forget you're getting another $150 off that bike if you buy it during the sale. What specific model Cannondale are you considering?
I am comparing it to the Synapse 6 at REI: https://www.rei.com/product/811554/ca...pact-bike-2011
The Synapse 6 is the same price after discounts but a has lesser components, no 105's etc. REI isn't listing the Synapse with 105's but to match component quality on the Scattante, it's around $300 more for the next Cannondale model.
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I have a friend who ride a Scattante Carbon bike and he crushes riders on Cervelo's. The bike you are considering is a very good bike. I know people that own that model.
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Can you comfortably afford the extra $300?
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Is there an actual difference in ride quality? stiffness, etc?
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I am too much of a rider to be seen on a Scattante. Even their top model would be too far under my riding level to give me optimal performance. Plus I don't like the name itself - it just seems inferior on name alone.

Pretty much the Cannondale I ride (2010 CAAD9) is the lowest bike I will be seen on and I have already exceeded it's frame. Next up for me is a Cervelo or a Pinarello or something else really expensive.

Scattante = Walmart
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Here's something else to consider...let's say you really get into cycling and in a couple of years you want to upgrade to a better bike. I would think you would have an easier time reselling the Cannondale for more $$ than the Scattante.
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Originally Posted by accordion View Post
i am too much of a rider to be seen on a scattante. Even their top model would be too far under my riding level to give me optimal performance. Plus i don't like the name itself - it just seems inferior on name alone.

Pretty much the cannondale i ride (2010 caad9) is the lowest bike i will be seen on and i have already exceeded it's frame. Next up for me is a cervelo or a pinarello or something else really expensive.

Scattante = walmart
lol!

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Here's something else to consider...let's say you really get into cycling and in a couple of years you want to upgrade to a better bike. I would think you would have an easier time reselling the Cannondale for more $$ than the Scattante.
I would definitely consider this. An extra $300 now might be well worth it when you go to resell the bike. Cannondale is a well known name, even someone who knows nothing about cycling but maybe wants to get started or whatever can cruise craigslist and click on an ad just because it says "Cannondale".
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Scattante = Walmart
You really need to not drink so early in the day. This is patently false. Please be real when offering advice.
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Scattante ... Scat + Taint... interesting.
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Originally Posted by Accordion View Post
I am too much of a rider to be seen on a Scattante. Even their top model would be too far under my riding level to give me optimal performance. Plus I don't like the name itself - it just seems inferior on name alone.

Pretty much the Cannondale I ride (2010 CAAD9) is the lowest bike I will be seen on and I have already exceeded it's frame. Next up for me is a Cervelo or a Pinarello or something else really expensive.

Scattante = Walmart

I see what you did there! Well played
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Don't get wrapped up in brand names. Get the Scattante and enjoy. It has better components and there probably isn't any significant difference in the frame quality. Just like everything else, you pay a premium for the name. That extra $300 only gets you that fancy Cannondale sticker on the downtube. Both are fine bikes, but you get more from the Scattante.

I was just in PB yesterday, they have this on 15% sale. Comes out to about $1100 with Ultegra. You won't find a better deal than this anywhere.
https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._20000__400306
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Scattante bikes are great. I had a R660 for my first one, all Ultegra. Aluminum frames have a harsh ride compared to full carbon. Spend that $300 on some good shoes, pedals and shorts. Performance sells shorts, green inside, that are great.....

Do you really need a triple crank? How about a compact, 50/34?
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From everything I can tell, Scattante's are perfectly fine bicycles. I live in the land of Performance - I frequently ride past their corporate headquarters and am friends, ride and race with many people who work for the company. I can tell you that the Scattante frames have not held them back.
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This one perhaps? Carbon / 105 / compact crank....

https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._20000_1604511
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Originally Posted by EDDIE1963 View Post
I have a friend who ride a Scattante Carbon bike and he crushes riders on Cervelo's. The bike you are considering is a very good bike. I know people that own that model.
I have crushed people on Cervelos with carbon wheels before in races on my $450 Jamis. It had nothing to do with the bikes...

OP, I think the Cannondale is the better choice in terms of resale and prestige. If you do not care about brand names, go with the Scattante.
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Another benefit of Performance is you can join their buyers club for $20 a year. You get immediate store credit of 10% on everything your bike. So the $850 bike will get you another $65 in credit to buy other things.
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that bike at performance is fine. who cares about the name of a bike, most bike frames are made with the same stuff and the same way. You really just pay more for the name when you get brand name stuff anyway. I plan on getting one of those performance bikes in a couple months. I was gonna get a more expensive trek model at first but I thought it's just not worth it as long as the frame is good and around the weight you want it to be then it's good cause everything else can be easily changed down the road if need be. I like how those performace bikes have cable routing inside the tubes too. I think you really get a lot of bike for the money, stuff you normally see on the expensive name brand ones.
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OP, if this is your first road bike, keep it simple. The Scattante has everything you will need in a bike for a very long time, plus you save a few bucks and even get 10% store credit. Keep in mind, I assume you don't have shoes, pedals, shorts, jerseys...the bike is usually the cheapest part of cycling. The CAAD is a great bike, but you do pay for the name. Plus, I'm not a big fan of REI. PB is a 100% bike shop. REI just happens to have a few bikes over in the corner...and it's always a zoo in there (and their prices suck).

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