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Thread: Synapse v Trek 1.2

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    Default Synapse v Trek 1.2

    And the forum is back!! My productivity just dipped 53%

    The pursuit of the bike for the kid continues. The kid is looking for an aluminum road bike. His short list has gone down to Canondale Synape Sora 7 VERSUS TREK 1.2 --- thoughts???
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    I'd prefer a Cannondale over a Trek any day.

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    I own an aluminum Cannondale road bike that is 10 years old and rides like it's brand new, and I have test ridden and rented several others and have always been extremely happy with their performance. I don't know that I've actually ridden a Trek, but their association with a certain Texan is enough to turn me off (yes, I'm that superficial. deal with it). Cannondale has Peter Sagan doing wheelies on Mont Ventoux....if that doesn't sway you, I don't know what will.


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    A friend bought a Synapse way back in the day. We test rode bikes and I remember it was a pretty nice ride. She bought it, but I secretly think it may have had something to do with her being a neuroscientist.

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    hey rcannon out of curiosity where will you be purchasing either of them?

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    I'm happy with my 29 year old Trek 620.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    And the forum is back!! My productivity just dipped 53%

    The pursuit of the bike for the kid continues. The kid is looking for an aluminum road bike. His short list has gone down to Canondale Synape Sora 7 VERSUS TREK 1.2 --- thoughts???
    compact v triple front, 23 v 25 tires. I guess it would come down to rider size and intended use?

    They're pretty close, which one feels better?

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    I've heard great things about Cannondale aluminum, but they also seem to have the most proprietary stuff on their bikes. GuyContinental can probably attest to the joys of trying to replace the cranks/bb or headset bearings for a several(?)-year old Cannondale. But the Synapse Sora may not suffer from that.

    (I'm sure other options have been evaluated, but it seems like at that price point you could get a significantly better set of components if going with a "lesser" brand name -- e.g. GT or certainly the Motobecane/Nashbar/etc. route.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    I've heard great things about Cannondale aluminum, but they also seem to have the most proprietary stuff on their bikes. GuyContinental can probably attest to the joys of trying to replace the cranks/bb or headset bearings for a several(?)-year old Cannondale. But the Synapse Sora may not suffer from that.

    (I'm sure other options have been evaluated, but it seems like at that price point you could get a significantly better set of components if going with a "lesser" brand name -- e.g. GT or certainly the Motobecane/Nashbar/etc. route.)
    Cannondale integrated headsets are Campy standard and have been for a while, you can get a replacement anywhere. FSA and Cane Creek both make affordable models that fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    And the forum is back!! My productivity just dipped 53%

    The pursuit of the bike for the kid continues. The kid is looking for an aluminum road bike. His short list has gone down to Canondale Synape Sora 7 VERSUS TREK 1.2 --- thoughts???
    My first road bike was a Trek. My current road bike is an aluminum frame Cannondale. The Cannondale is much lighter. The ride is more like a sports car, the Trek was more like a family sedan.

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