'dale 105 alu synapse vs ribble sportive bianco?

evil_breakfast Posts: 446
edited February 2011 in Road buying advice
Have placed a deposit down for the 'dale

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/can ... se#answers

and was happy, until reading this weeks CW.
their review of the Ribble Sportive Bianco now leaves me with some doubts?
Just wondering if I should stick with the 'dale or go 'full carbon'?
any help/advice/opinions would be gratefully received!
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  • TMR
    TMR Posts: 3,986
    Cannondale probably make the finest aluminuim frames in the world, but the choice between materials is one only you can make.

    As is said constantly on this forum, you need to ride them both if possible - how else can you make an informed decision?
  • luv2ride
    luv2ride Posts: 2,367
    I faced a similar dilema just after Xmas. Decided to upgrade to full carbon bike and almost went with Ribble and a Sportive Bianco SRAM Rival build, but was put off by some of the postings saying that they're post-sale support could be lacking. I just wasn't brave enough to buy without trying, especially with the risk that i'd getting the sizing wrong and, despite the brilliant value, it would still have been a lot of dosh for me. So, living nowhere near Ribble I decided to give them a miss. Was gutted though when I saw the CW review :cry:

    Had a happy ending though. Went to the RLBS (reasonably local bike shop!) who sorted me out with a heavily reduced end of line Roubaix. They were happy enough for me to take it for a long test ride, so I was sure of sizing, etc and even swapped my preferred SRAM Rival groupset and wheels over from my old alu frame within the price. A cracking deal and one very happy (upgraded) cyclist! :D
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