Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
The CAAD9 is still the best bike - even if it is only a 2007 - plus that might give you some negotiating power. Year won't matter usually as year-to-year components do not change that much. In actuality, a 2007 bike might be better equipped than the same 2008 bike because costs have increased so much in the last year. Comparing my Trek 1500 (2007) to a Trek 1.5 (2008) [same basic bike], the components on the 2007 1500 are A LOT nicer than what the bike came equipped with in 2008.
I completely agree with the above. Yesterday I was running on 3 hours of sleep when I went to the LBS at 7pm, and I swear the guy told me that the CAAD9 was more of a relaxed frame then the Synapse. Either way, it was wrong.
|Try the 56. If it doesn't work, try adjusting the stem length and see if that would help at all. Also, make sure the 105 drive train is a 10-speed drive train and not 9-speed. If it is the older 9-speed, negotiate more. Out of what you listed, my second choice would be the Synapse, although make sure you like the feel of the ride. I think the Synapse is a more relaxed ride geometry than the CAAD frame (plus more than likely significantly heavier in order to give a better ride quality). I'm not too sold on the Scott. I don't know much about the frame but I do know they aren't often praised like Cannondale frames are and don't seem to come as well equipped. Both Cannondales that you're considering offer better components (cranks specifically). Truvative road cranks are not known for their superiority...
I'll give that a go. Of course, when I went out last night to look at bikes I was wearing jeans and a button-down shirt.
: The 58 frame looked like the place to start based on me throwing a leg over it.
I am leary about the "Hydroformed" Scott frame. The sales guy starts lecturing me on how hydroforming is stronger and doesn't degrade the Aluminum like cutting and welding, then he starts telling me how the have the best carbon frame and are the only company that makes one without voids. It was hard to keep a straight face while I was thinking "Um, yeah. BTW, I'm a 5th year mechanical engineering student. Oh yeah, I build skis..."
It was painfully obvious he was just repeating something that he read in a marketing brochure. I will give him credit though, he told me that it would cost $40-$50 to have my size bike shipped in, but then as we talked offered to see if they could get it waived and then flat out just said he would take the same amount off the price of the bike to compensate. He even offered if I could wait a week and if they had one to personally pick it up in Albany to save the shipping.
|Check with the shop that has the CAAD9 (perhaps pay a visit) and see what else they have in stock. Ride the 56 and see how it feels. Ride the same frame in a 58 and see how that feels. A lot can be done with stem length and seat-post and saddle setback. Most good shops will swap out stems for you for free in order to make the bike fit. The important things to note are that your knees don't hit the bars when you're standing/sprinting, and that the small frame size does not put you into too low (uncomfortable) of a position due to the shorter head tube. Depending on your torso length, you might get away with the 56.
Bikes that I know the have in stock are on the July sale list, the link is highlighted in yellow. I have been looking at the drill down menu on the left, those are hit or miss in sizes and some appear to be 2007 (but those are 25% off).
They have 2 locations. The way it was explained to me is that the smaller retail location I go to is actualy the better location, has the warehouse in back, and has better employees for fitting. The other location is in Pittsford (affluent neighborhood for the non-locals), and is thus more concerned with keeping up appearances. However, I was in the Pittsford location last weekend and it seemed like the just had more frame sizes in what I was looking for.
I'm going to call them today and see what is up with a CAAD9. I might try to get there at lunch but 10 miles each way is pushing it with traffic.
[quote]Those are sweet shoes by the way. What cleats/pedals are you going to use? I'm a big fan of Look Keos. I use classics on my Alu bike and Sprints on my good bike. The Sprints have a stronger hold than the classics and save a little weight. The classics work just fine though. [quote]
Comprex is going to send me some Look Classics that I need to buy cleats for. However, I might try to work some pedals into a bike purchase...