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  • It's a thoroughbred race bike though, not really that suitable for long days in the saddle.

  • I have a CAAD 5 and it's way more comfy than my 'race' bike

    Up to the OP really, have you decided which groupset manufacturer you're after?

  • Here is the CAAD 10 Ultimate. >6kg

  • Such a depressing looking bike.

  • And being all black, it looks fucking heavy.

  • ^^Really I was about to say the opposite. Generally I'm not a fan of them, but that is awesome.

  • I don't like it much either, too subdued.

    I like the one above with the green, put some of these on and we're talking!

  • SuperX is a cyclocross bike

    Sorry meant the Super Six.

  • super six is made of carbon

  • It's a thoroughbred race bike though, not really that suitable for long days in the saddle.

    Andy if that cannondale is sized and set up properly you should be bale to race on it all day long :)

  • As Regal's link shows, it's not strictly true and there are definitely more than two carbon frame producing factories, some of which are now in mainland China. All the major brands, by which I mean the likes of Trek, Specialized, Giant et al, have their frames produced in China/Taiwan, but usually to their own specification based on their own R&D. The likes of Ribble, and many other smaller name brands, simply rebadge generic frames made in the same factories.

    Time make all their own carbon frames in house, and I believe Look do too (although they have a factory in Algeria). Some of the Italian manufacturers still maintain local production.

    Viner bikes are still hand built in Italy from carbon tubes and lugs supplied by Dedaccai.

    The carbon bits are made using Toray carbon fibre, so it probably originates from the far east.

  • super six is made of carbon

    Which is what the OP was chattin bout before. You're the one who wants a CAAD10 ;)

    With 105 it comes in at £1799.99. Which is just under the £2k budget.

  • Viner bikes are still hand built in Italy from carbon tubes and lugs supplied by Dedaccai.

    The carbon bits are made using Toray carbon fibre, so it probably originates from the far east.

    Viner buy complete frames from Dedaccai then paint them and badge them up.

  • Viner buy complete frames from Dedaccai then paint them and badge them up.

    Who does the made-to-measure then? Dedaccai?

  • ^^^That SuperSix is well worth a look

  • Only if they get someone competent to refit those bars and hoods.

  • Depending on sizing issues and if you went ti, I imagine a combo of the moots seat post with the curve in it and the tioga spyder saddle will make any bike you buy comfortable for all day riding.

    Here's a cheap source for the saddle:

    £37 and it'll be be sent EMS (I think) which great for cutom dodging.

  • the OP mentioned the best bike by far for what he wants- the synapse:

    105 for just shy of £1600, carbon, awesome.

    triple chainset. set up for audaxs/ training rides. comfy as fuck (if its anything like the alu synapse I rode).
    brilliant bike.
    I'd try and get the 2008 model though.. hate the green.

  • Andy if that cannondale is sized and set up properly you should be bale to race on it all day long :)

    Definitely agree with this.

    the OP mentioned the best bike by far for what he wants- the synapse
    .

    Was riding next to one of them on the last climbing event I did (I was on a fixed bob jackson, so it cant be that good ;) ), looked stunning in the flesh.

    The best bike by far 'll be the 566 with Rival that I posted though (just so's I win)

  • I don't have a groupset manufacturer preference. My Merckx is set up with Shimano, which seems fine - but as that's the first geared non-mountain bike I've owned I don't really have much of a reference point.

    I'd be really keen to give SRAM a go (even though I hate their mtb stuff) and Campag I don't really have an opinion on.

    I think the best thing to do (i think Andy mentioned this in another thread) is to decide based on which levers suit my hands the best.

    Re: the bike - I've booked myself in for a new bike consultation in early Feb with the bike whisperer. This will hopefully help me make an educated decision about what would fit me well and dispose of all the marketing bullshit ("this frame is for racing".. "this frame is for Sportives" etc). I'm hoping they'll have some levers for me to look at too.

  • SmallFurry- the look is gorgeous. I've always loved their frames (LOVE their logo too - the original, not the frame graphics above).. and it's crazy value considering how much their frames are alone.

    I just think it's a) too big for me and b) too much money!

  • I have a size 57 Bianchi here with SRAM you're more than welcome to try out.

  • Very kind. Whereabouts are you?

  • SmallFurry- the look is gorgeous. I've always loved their frames (LOVE their logo too - the original, not the frame graphics above).. and it's crazy value considering how much their frames are alone.

    I just think it's a) too big for me and b) too much money!

    Just getting carried away with the thread TBH ;)

    Your comment above about the bike fit cutting through the marketing BS is spot on. Its just my personal and uneducated opinion, but sportive specific bikes are at least in part, an attempt to expliot a growing market sector. Nobody making road race bikes, sets out to make their bike harsh so as to appeal to racers. If your fit determines that you can best achieve the placement of contact points you desire, with a short'n'tall sportive geometry. Then that'll be the way to go. But its also possible that a standard road geometry is a better fit.

  • Just getting carried away with the thread TBH ;)

    Your comment above about the bike fit cutting through the marketing BS is spot on. Its just my personal and uneducated opinion, but sportive specific bikes are at least in part, an attempt to expliot a growing market sector. Nobody making road race bikes, sets out to make their bike harsh so as to appeal to racers. If your fit determines that you can best achieve the placement of contact points you desire, with a short'n'tall sportive geometry. Then that'll be the way to go. But its also possible that a standard road geometry is a better fit.

    The only thing I'm worried about is those long long descents on the etape, with people screaming past (under no illusions that people will safety conscious from what I saw last year) - I'd prefer a more upright position purely because it will be slightly less painful on my hands (and terrifying being right over the front the whole time)..

    But we shall see what Scherrit says and what my crappy body can tolerate.

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