Allez to Synapse?

Tom_0787 Posts: 39
edited May 2011 in Road buying advice
I currently have a 2010 Specialized allez 16 that I bought last year as an introduction to road bikes.

I have now well and truely caught the bug!

My Allez is in mint condition and mechanically perfect. I am looking at upgrading to a 2011 Cannondale Synapse in either 105 or Ultegra.

was originally looking at the Super Six but I have a history of lower back problems (even though Im only 23!) from wakeboarding injuries and although not a problem at the moment due to recent extensive chiropractics I dont want to exaggerate the stress on my back if possible. I have also started riding longer distances and im doing my first 100 mile sportive in July so It seems that the Synapse sits the bill in terms of a mix of speed and comfort.

What I want to know is will there be a darmatically noticeable difference going from a basic Allez with the 2300 groupset to a 105 carbon Synapse?



  • Yep
    Should be smoother, faster, gears more exact and braking should be a fair bit better

    I went from an allez to a carbon willier
  • taimur
    taimur Posts: 173
    Excellent pick on the Synapse!
    Going carbon or alloy? Synapse comes in both.

    the new Ultegra is fabulous!
    1996 Cannondale M500 CAAD3 (Hardtail MTB)
    2007 Cannondale F700 CAAD
    2010 Cube Agree SL (Road, retired)
    2011 Cube Litening Super HPC DI2 Frame, with Ultegra Di2 Components
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    2011 alloy Synapse has clearance / mounts for proper mudguards if that makes any difference. I'd have bought one had that been the case back in 2008.

    You selling the Allez?? If so, what size is it and could I make an offer?
  • Tom_0787
    Tom_0787 Posts: 39
    Im going for the carbon, Just trying to decide between 105 or ultegra.

    I am going to be selling the Allez once I have the new bike.

    Its a 56cm, it has done just over 500 dry miles. Always stored inside. It is immaculate, there is not a single mark on the frame or any paint damage at all.

    I wax the frame and lube the chain etc every other ride.

    It had just been serviced and had a rear hub strip and re-grease. The guy who did the work commented that it looks like it just left the shop as the chainset is so clean.

    I will include a specialized frame mounted mini pump, specialized bottle cage.
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Bum ! Too big for me or my son.

    Sounds like a great second hand buy for some lucky bugger!
  • Tom_0787
    Tom_0787 Posts: 39
    keef66 wrote:

    Sounds like a great second hand buy for some lucky bugger!

    Beginning to question why im selling it!