Cannondale Synapse Ultegra Disc 2014 road bike £999 delivered @ Wheelbase
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Cannondale Synapse Ultegra Disc 2014 road bike £999 delivered @ Wheelbase

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Found 29th Sep 2014
Cannondale Synapse Ultegra Disc 2014 road bike £999 delivered @ Wheelbase.

Best price I've seen it, still available is sizes 48cm, 54cm, and 56cm.

Comes with free mudguards too.

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i just cannot make myself like the cannondale branding

its a funny old bike, ultegra on an aluminium frame... i wouldnt consider it an ideal first road bike either, this is more like a cyclocross bike, which is fine if you want that but probs still better out there for the money at both ends, definitely if your just after a road bike anyway.


Edited by: "N1K0LAI_DAN7E" 29th Sep 2014

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N1K0LAI_DAN7E

i just cannot make myself like the cannondale brandingits a funny old … i just cannot make myself like the cannondale brandingits a funny old bike, ultegra on an aluminium frame... i wouldnt consider it an ideal first road bike either, this is more like a cyclocross bike, which is fine if you want that but probs still better out there for the money at both ends, definitely if your just after a road bike anyway.



read the reviews, its a highly regarded bike, particularly at this price

badger636

read the reviews, its a highly regarded bike, particularly at this price



im sure its decent enough, and for what your getting the price is about right, just if your after a road bike you could get lighter and full carbon, if your after a cyclocross then its alright for the price, just the latter is a bit more niche

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N1K0LAI_DAN7E

im sure its decent enough, and for what your getting the price is about … im sure its decent enough, and for what your getting the price is about right, just if your after a road bike you could get lighter and full carbon, if your after a cyclocross then its alright for the price, just the latter is a bit more niche



yes of course you can get lighter, and carbon for this price, or a cx bike. but you won't find a road bike with ultegra and disc brakes on for this price (show me if you can find one?)

Cold. No place for silly disc brakes on a road bike.

No idea why this is cold. Great deal. Superb spec and bang up to date. Discs on roadies are the future. (Looking at you, davester2k)

Cracking bike, but let down by the BB30 bottom bracket. My 2011 synapse is my winter bike, and the bearings barely last a winter before requiring replacement. It's a lovely, comfortable ride otherwise, though. Recommended for those new to road cycling.

badger636

yes of course you can get lighter, and carbon for this price, or a cx … yes of course you can get lighter, and carbon for this price, or a cx bike. but you won't find a road bike with ultegra and disc brakes on for this price (show me if you can find one?)



this aint full ultegra for a start, it has an FSA crankset.. but there arent that many road bikes that have disc brakes, yes theres a few but there definitely in the minority, hence my point about it being slightly odd, i dont know why people get caught up on ultegra though, like you have pointed it out to me as though this is the essential element of the bike.. frame is more important imo... who knows i once got told ultegra was jsut for those who couldnt afford DI2 and its the same as 105 but a little lighter... whats the point in it being lighted if your frame and brakes weigh more... might not be true but hey ho..

on the them of odd bikes... this has full 105 including crank and is a little cheaper.. with disc brakes for those so inclined here

dont think i would want disc brakes on my road bike... if i had £999 going spare id build myself a classic steel frame with campag super record...

but back in the real world id personally go for this and take the frame if i was buying right now, dont see the benefit in ultegra over 105..

trek domane 4.3

this carbon thing with 105 (not crank) and fulcrum 5 wheels...

i couldnt endorse this... its hideous

but id go down the shops first, as its the end of season and there should be a bit of stuff getting knocked down

like i say though what you have listed isn't a bad bike, and i think its worth the money, just not my cup of tea




Edited by: "N1K0LAI_DAN7E" 29th Sep 2014

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klargon

Cracking bike, but let down by the BB30 bottom bracket. My 2011 synapse … Cracking bike, but let down by the BB30 bottom bracket. My 2011 synapse is my winter bike, and the bearings barely last a winter before requiring replacement. It's a lovely, comfortable ride otherwise, though. Recommended for those new to road cycling.



would you recommend as a winter commuter? apart from the bottom bracket issue you mention

Davester2k it seems that most of the 2015 road bikes seem to have disc brakes as standard now. It's the future! (_;)

Although I thought the UCI had issues with discs as should you be involved in crashes the heat in the discs could lead to burns?
Edited by: "csidewolf" 29th Sep 2014

N1K0LAI_DAN7E

this aint full ultegra for a start, it has an FSA crankset.. but there … this aint full ultegra for a start, it has an FSA crankset.. but there arent that many road bikes that have disc brakes, yes theres a few but there definitely in the minority, hence my point about it being slightly odd, i dont know why people get caught up on ultegra though, like you have pointed it out to me as though this is the essential element of the bike.. frame is more important imo... who knows i once got told ultegra was jsut for those who couldnt afford DI2 and its the same as 105 but a little lighter... whats the point in it being lighted if your frame and brakes weigh more... might not be true but hey ho.. on the them of odd bikes... this has full 105 including crank and is a little cheaper.. with disc brakes for those so inclined heredont think i would want disc brakes on my road bike... if i had £999 going spare id build myself a classic steel frame with campag super record... but back in the real world id personally go for this and take the frame if i was buying right now, dont see the benefit in ultegra over 105.. but id go down the shops first, as its the end of season and there should be a bit of stuff getting knocked downlike i say though what you have listed isn't a bad bike, and i think its worth the money, just not my cup of tea



I've got a bike with 105 and Ultegra, they are not as good as each other, it's very much a debatable point as to whether it's worth the price difference, the differences are subtle, I've noticed in Ultegra is a little more forgiving when swapping wheels, expecially those with significantly different amounts of dishing, the 105 always requires tuning of the gears, Ultegra just works, might be my particular wheels but this was striking, also Ultegra just feels better. It also has marginally better stopping distances, though again this is subjective, since my Ultegra bike is a few kg lighter than my 105.

I would balk at the idea of disc brakes on road tyres but if the bike was fitted with cyclocross tyres then it's not a bad choice. I find Ultegra can quite easily induce a skid with too much force and is at least as good as for modulating the braking as either of my disc wheeled bikes (mountain and tourer), so clearly braking is dependent more on the tyres.

As I live in the North, where there's little investment in roads, a cyclocross road bike concept is quite interesting - I find I use my mountain bike far more than I used to, because of the state of some of the routes I use.

mike

I hope I never bump into any of you bike-ists. I would die of boredom within a minute of you opening your mouth

mjbuckhurst

I've got a bike with 105 and Ultegra, they are not as good as each other, … I've got a bike with 105 and Ultegra, they are not as good as each other, it's very much a debatable point as to whether it's worth the price difference, the differences are subtle, I've noticed in Ultegra is a little more forgiving when swapping wheels, expecially those with significantly different amounts of dishing, the 105 always requires tuning of the gears, Ultegra just works, might be my particular wheels but this was striking, also Ultegra just feels better. It also has marginally better stopping distances, though again this is subjective, since my Ultegra bike is a few kg lighter than my 105.I would balk at the idea of disc brakes on road tyres but if the bike was fitted with cyclocross tyres then it's not a bad choice. I find Ultegra can quite easily induce a skid with too much force and is at least as good as for modulating the braking as either of my disc wheeled bikes (mountain and tourer), so clearly braking is dependent more on the tyres.As I live in the North, where there's little investment in roads, a cyclocross road bike concept is quite interesting - I find I use my mountain bike far more than I used to, because of the state of some of the routes I use.mike



would you go decent carbon frame and 105, or decent alu frame and ultegra? just interested whether you think the ultegra makes enough of a difference.

one of the ways of think has always been upgrading some of the components at a later date if you fancy it is easier than the frame

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N1K0LAI_DAN7E

would you go decent carbon frame and 105, or decent alu frame and … would you go decent carbon frame and 105, or decent alu frame and ultegra? just interested whether you think the ultegra makes enough of a difference. one of the ways of think has always been upgrading some of the components at a later date if you fancy it is easier than the frame



I think this post is going a bit off-track. again can you show me a decent carbon frame with 105 for £999? i'd like a carbon frame with Di2, cant see that for £999 can you? maybe you can actually!

badger636

I think this post is going a bit off-track. again can you show me a … I think this post is going a bit off-track. again can you show me a decent carbon frame with 105 for £999? i'd like a carbon frame with Di2, cant see that for £999 can you? maybe you can actually!



merlincycles.com/mer…tml

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rev6

http://www.merlincycles.com/merlin-malt-cr-5800-carbon-road-bike-60093.html



I said a 'decent' carbon frame, my alu one weighs less than that!
Edited by: "badger636" 30th Sep 2014

Asanovic

I hope I never bump into any of you bike-ists. I would die of boredom … I hope I never bump into any of you bike-ists. I would die of boredom within a minute of you opening your mouth



You were obviously interested to read the post & comments in the first place. (_;)
Each to their own & all that!
Thanks for posting!!

badger636

[quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] [quote=mjbuckhurst] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] … [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] [quote=mjbuckhurst] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] [quote=badger636] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] [quote=badger636] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] I think this post is going a bit off-track. again can you show me a decent carbon frame with 105 for £999? i'd like a carbon frame with Di2, cant see that for £999 can you? maybe you can actually!



i can right at this moment in time, have been plenty in the past though, i posted the domane (full carbon) 4.3 with 105 (crank is not r565) for 1099, so a bit more.. was about the best alternative i can find in terms of prices live right now.. also was the bataglin (full carbon) with 105 and fulcrum racing 5 for 979 from wiggle... but no idea on the quality of the frame

it wasnt a question in relation to what is currently on offer though, jsut a ficticious question of if 105 with a decent carbon frame was availabel, would you rather than ultegra with alu..

badger636

[quote=rev6] [quote=badger636] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] … [quote=rev6] [quote=badger636] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] [quote=mjbuckhurst] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] [quote=badger636] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] [quote=badger636] [quote=N1K0LAI_DAN7E] I said a 'decent' carbon frame, my alu one weighs less than that!



my alu one weighs less than that as well

N1K0LAI_DAN7E

would you go decent carbon frame and 105, or decent alu frame and … would you go decent carbon frame and 105, or decent alu frame and ultegra? just interested whether you think the ultegra makes enough of a difference. one of the ways of think has always been upgrading some of the components at a later date if you fancy it is easier than the frame



Personally unless money was no object (in which case you'd get Dura Ace) I'd probably put as much into the frame as I could and downgrade the groupset to 105. Of course Ultegra is nicer, but it's not that much nicer and for the difference in price you could do much better spending that on the frame.

Mine is a titanium bike and weighs next to nothing, so Ultegra is probably about right - plus at the time, money wasn't tight, I only got made redundant later, plus I wanted a bike that would last without me wanting to upgrade.

mike

badger636

I said a 'decent' carbon frame, my alu one weighs less than that!


Your alu frame weighs less than 1100g, which is?

Original Poster

rev6

Your alu frame weighs less than 1100g, which is?




Giant TCR SL 2, see link

road.cc/con…013

For the sake of 50grams the merlin frame isn't decent? Carbon isn't all about weight but comfort too.

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rev6

For the sake of 50grams the merlin frame isn't decent? Carbon isn't all … For the sake of 50grams the merlin frame isn't decent? Carbon isn't all about weight but comfort too.



personally i would rather get a decent branded make, but thats personal preference

badger636

personally i would rather get a decent branded make, but thats personal … personally i would rather get a decent branded make, but thats personal preference



Sure, I agree, but you based quality on weight only.

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rev6

Sure, I agree, but you based quality on weight only.



yes that was wrong of me, make is better than a measly 50grams! but i still wouldn't buy that bike you posted, i'd get a decent make

rev6

Your alu frame weighs less than 1100g, which is?



this

1050g... tbh though i prefered my trek 2.3 from back i nthe day that got nicked though, was a tociuh smaller with a sweet paint job and upgraded wheels

Don't understand all the cold votes I.know you can get Carbon for this price but some people; myself included ride aluminium because they prefer it rather than not being able to afford carbon.

Although this wouldn't be my choice due to BB30, however a cracking deal.

badger636

yes that was wrong of me, make is better than a measly 50grams! but i … yes that was wrong of me, make is better than a measly 50grams! but i still wouldn't buy that bike you posted, i'd get a decent make



Lol, Giant is the Skoda of the bike world, great bikes if you choose right, but there are some lemons, I would never put the name on the bike or even the manufacturer (Giant is the largest manufacturer in the world and makes for many other brands, some of who have a much better brand image), as the main reason for choosing a bike.

Choose a bike because

1) It fits right
2) It's the right price
3) It has a good compromise on components and equipment

The brand has absolutely no bearing on any of these, at the end of the day the brand is simply the sticker on the side of the bike nothing more.

mike
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