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3/2/11 9:47 A

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I intend to have both LBS fit me for each bike before I take them out for a test ride, and I mean a real fit, not just taking my measurements.

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2/28/11 7:34 P

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Before you even ride the bike you should really get a bike fit, because the geometry of the two bikes is different.

I am the owner of a 2005 Synapes, and I really like it. What I particularly like about it is the geometry. When you are in the drops, I don't feel I am as far down as other bikes - which my (aging) back appreciate.



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2/28/11 3:27 P

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i think you'll be happier with the cannondale and it looks like it will provide you with greater performance based on the specs. I just got a trek utopia and i'm in the process of upgrading the components so it's more geared for road speed but also can perform well on nature trails when I want it to since my wife I can go on trails a lot as well and I really don't want two bikes around, maybe someday when I get a much bigger place to store them. My utopia was 800 but once I'm finished with upgrading things such as handlebar drops, crank, seat post, tires and what-nots it'll end up costing me about the same as the cannondale. Make sure you put some blinky lights on it. I always almost hit people on bikes because I don't notice them and they never have any lights or reflectors even.

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2/28/11 2:24 P

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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

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