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Can't decide. Roubaix vs Synapse

Old 10-03-13, 01:46 PM
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Can't decide. Roubaix vs Synapse

Iím in the market for a new road bike Iíve narrowed my choices down to the 2014 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Elite 105 and the 2014 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 4. Iíve ridden both bikes and feel equally comfortable on both. The Roubaix is full Shimano 105 while the Synapse is full Rival. Iím aware of the difference in shifting but Iím upgrading from a hybrid so I donít have a preference either way. Iím looking for any type of feedback from anyone that has experience with either bike.
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Old 10-03-13, 01:52 PM
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I've not ridden either bike because they are so new. Based on their prior versions, I think either will serve you well. The Synapse is redesigned for 2014 and may have newer technology, FWIW.
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Old 10-03-13, 01:57 PM
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I would say neither "trumps" the other honestly, I think it will come down to price, appearance, and group preference. You said you don't have a preference between the groups so since that is out of the way, which is priced better, do you like one over the other in appearance?
They both are spec'd pretty well but come with FSA Gossamer cranks in compact. They both have wide range cassettes as well, 12-30 on the Roubaix and 11-32 on the Synapse. choices.....choices
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Old 10-03-13, 02:56 PM
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Both seem pretty equal in specs and components. Pick the one that you like the color of the most
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If there is no difference in price, I'd go Synapse with the rival and fulcrum racing 7, slighly better spec than the Specialized, the green color scheme looks better IMHO.
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Old 12-23-13, 07:00 PM
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A LBS is having a sale on a 2013 Giant Defy Advanced 1 for almost 800 off MSRP. On a whim I went and took it out for a test ride. Damn, what a nice bike. I think my mind is made up, full Ultegra and Hi Mod carbon for 2300.00
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Let me help you here, Synapse, hands down.
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Old 12-23-13, 08:00 PM
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Are you a SRAM guy or Shimano guy? This decision will change the course of history for you.

I've never ridden a SRAM bicycle, but I believe they have a stronger indexed feeling on downshifts and that's something I'd rather have than Shimano.
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I love Rival and ride only SRAM. Can't be beat. But it is a life changing decision. Tread carefully.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
Let me help you here, Synapse, hands down.
Even over the Giant?
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I reckon you can be confident with any of your choices. It's great when you've got such options. I'd say if you're used to one or the other shifting set ups, I'd favor consistency...my fingers have some embarrassing moments of confusion when swapping functions of the little lever.
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Either one will be fine. Do test rides, pick your favorite color... You'll do just as well regardless of which one you pick.
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Originally Posted by Phillyfan View Post
Even over the Giant?
No, I have never ridden the Giant, so I can't make an accurate comparison there. I can make it on the Synapse v. Roubaix, and I think the Synapse carbon is far superior.
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Its a ford or a chevy honestly. I have a Roubaix and it is outstanding. If you are asking and have ridden both and you still can't decide, I say it really doesn't matter. Many will have a preference based upon geometry for example. Both are endurance geometries but different for those discerning.
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