Cannondale Synapse Carbon
Last Post 02/24/2014 02:11 PM by stronzo nonfumare. 17 Replies.
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gabbard

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02/20/2014 12:54 PM
Do any of you have any experience (good or bad) with the new version of the Cannondale Synapse frame (2014 now has a cutout seat tube along with some other changes, different than previous years) and with Cannondale frames in general.  I am looking for a new frame and am leaning towards the "endurance" models - Roubaix, Synapse, etc.

Not near as many Cannondales around as Specialized and Trek, and just wanted to see what the general feeling was with Cannondale compared to other large companies, and whether their designs had any merit.

Steve
vtguy

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02/20/2014 01:10 PM
No experience with the new Synapses, but I've had a Cannondale SuperX for two years and love it. The LBS switched from Specialized to Cannondale several years ago and they seem pleased with the customer response.
cycling chick

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02/20/2014 04:16 PM
I have a 2012 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Fiber that I freaking love. I have put more than 5,000 miles on it and it continues to be the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. It has great stability and handles like a dream.
Here is a picture of my sweet ride...ignore the obnoxiously bright bar tape, if you can:

Sorry for the huge photo! Yikes!
BikeCzar

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02/20/2014 08:53 PM
"ignore the obnoxiously bright bar tape, if you can"

Can't. Nor that saddle bag. You keep your brief case in there?
cycling chick

Posts:68

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02/20/2014 09:13 PM
Hey, can't a gal have a purse on her bike?

I like to have everything that I need (tubes, tools, cartridges), but hate carrying things in my jersey. It does look ridiculously large, huh? Oh, well....it has gotten me through some tough spots so I guess it has served its purpose.
longslowdistance

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02/20/2014 11:10 PM
Look out CC - incoming flames - your saddle bag is larger than allowed by the 10 zillion rules snobs and purists. "What's next?" they will sniff, " a rear rack?"
I say Good for you. If it works, it's good.
PS: love the background. Where's the location?

cycling chick

Posts:68

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02/20/2014 11:31 PM
gabbard, sorry that your thread got hijacked.

LSD, let the flames come....
Those snobs and purists are the very ones to whom I have had to lend extra tubes out of my big-ass gear bag.

The background is the pier in my hometown of Oceanside, California. It is about five miles from my house and never ceases to take my breath away on a pretty day like the one in the picture.
jrt1045

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02/21/2014 11:09 AM
Thats like half the size of anything that I've ever seen hanging off the back of one of Bob's bikes. There's still some leeway
stronz

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02/21/2014 12:09 PM
well if you did put a rear rack on that bad boy I would be the first to say "nice rack." But you wouldnt do that, so I wont say it.
cycling chick

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02/21/2014 12:58 PM
Posted By stronzo nonfumare on 02/21/2014 12:09 PM
well if you did put a rear rack on that bad boy I would be the first to say "nice rack." But you wouldnt do that, so I wont say it.


For the win, but I prefer to earn that compliment honestly.
79pmooney

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02/21/2014 01:06 PM
CC, I think you have a good looking bike that gets ridden. All is in order. The seatbag looks right, like it belongs. (I do get a kick out of the non-matching WBs. Like something you would see on my bikes.)

Ben
huckleberry

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02/22/2014 02:56 PM
C Chick -

That was part of my cycling route for a handful of years. Still have a great memory of having dolphins swim alongside me from Carlsbad Boulevard.

Beautiful riding.

Although I certainly can't complain - just finished a nice Saturday ride up on a small mountain a couple of times and along the Ocean for much of the rest.

And to think that my life sucks... Nah!

P.S. Bike snobs are just dicks ; )
huckleberry

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02/22/2014 04:05 PM
P.S.S. I'm a dick ; )
stronz

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02/22/2014 10:08 PM
Dolphins and Ocean and all that? I've got black ice and petrified crusted dirty snow embankments to contend with.....you guys need to move to a harsher climate.
huckleberry

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02/23/2014 05:16 PM
I'll be back to a life in the North Cascade Mountains a year from now. A place I love...

But I'm certainly taking advantage of this California sunshine whilst I have it ; )
cycling chick

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02/23/2014 06:00 PM
Ben, it certainly sees some use. I am proud to say that it climbed over 10,000ft with me over the last week. (My bottles rarely match...I consider it my eclectic touch.)

Huckleberry, I am surrounded by dicks so I am pretty much used to it. Where in California are you?

stronz, I bow down to you because I honestly don't think that I could ride like that. I am what you would call a "weather wuss".
huckleberry

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02/24/2014 12:23 PM
CC

When I was in San Diego, I lived in Cardiff.

Presently I am in Tiburon, across the Bay from San Francisco.

stronz

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02/24/2014 02:11 PM
CC -- seriously choosing between riding inside or outside lately is choosing between gross and grosser


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