Purely superficial - which bike do you prefer looks wise?

Gazmania1 Posts: 87
edited August 2014 in Road buying advice
I'm in the market for a new bike and have narrowed it down to either the Cannondale Supersix Hi Mod Dura Ace in team rep colours (the only colours they do in this model), or the Focus Max 4 2015 model. Both very similar spec so purely on looks I can't seem to decide and I'm shallow enough to admit other's opinions matter (only a small amount though).




  • Calpol
    Calpol Posts: 1,039
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    Prefer the Canondale frame shape with the near flat head tube but the focus would be easier to dress with, v.important ;)
  • letap73
    letap73 Posts: 1,608
    What about last years nano black at discount?

  • Philly8mt
    Philly8mt Posts: 552
    Out of the two you suggest I'd go Cannondale .... But .... I think letap73 has a point :)
    Still thinking of something clever to say!
  • Focus
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Focus is dull and drab and looks like any other stealth bike out there (see - someone even stuck some random white insulation tape on it in a vain attempt to try to liven it up a bit!). The Cannondale is a bit busy but at least it is interesting to look at.
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  • t4tomo
    t4tomo Posts: 2,643
    Do you want to stand out or fade into the background
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    Brompton S Type
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    Front half of a Viking Saratoga Tandem
  • Nick_M
    Nick_M Posts: 58
    Black bikes just look dull.

    Green and white is certainly not dull and is actually rather jaunty.

    Mind you, I own a Lapierre so you can safely disregard my opinion.
  • letap73 wrote:
    What about last years nano black at discount?


    If you can get me last years nano for about 3k I'll bite your arm off!
  • SCR Pedro
    SCR Pedro Posts: 912
    Every bike looks worse in black. No exceptions.

    The former Focus Team-Milram bikes looked fantastic, especially with Lightweights.

    The Lapierre FdJ team bike also looks great, but looked better with the old team logo.
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    Giant TCR Alliance Zero
    BMC teammachineSLR03
    The Departed
    Giant SCR2
    Canyon Roadlite
    Specialized Allez
    Some other junk...
  • My money goes with the Cannondale. Sweet looking ride.
  • djp66
    djp66 Posts: 115
    Cannondale for me
  • Typical Cannondale. Great looking frame, hideous paint.
  • StillGoing
    StillGoing Posts: 5,211
    Focus. Cannondales are almost as common as Specialized, Giant, Scott, Bianchi and Trek round here.
    I ride a bike. Doesn't make me green or a tree hugger. I drive a car too.
  • mercia_man
    mercia_man Posts: 1,431
    I personally prefer the look of the Focus or the Nano Black. I want a bike to look classy and understated rather than having garish paint jobs plastered with acronyms and gobbledygook about the frame's technical features.

    But then we are all different. Taste is such a personal thing. And I suspect many people buy bikes based on what other people say rather than what might be best for them. Peer pressure is a big factor in an image obsessed activity like cycling.
  • diamonddog
    diamonddog Posts: 3,426
    Focus for me.
  • gabriel959
    gabriel959 Posts: 4,227
    I prefer the Cannondale but then black frames are a bit boring IMO.
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  • MisterMuncher
    MisterMuncher Posts: 1,302
    Typically, there's a few nicer looking Cannondale colour schemes in the US and Continent. The Black/Grey Dura Ace is pretty nice, as is the black/white Dura-Ace 1 with Mavic wheels. I think the Black/Grey/Matt Green Di2 frame is the pick of the bunch, barring the CAAD10 Track, which is 90's-tastic.

    Cannondale green doesn't look right in photos, anyway. It's a little paler in the flesh. Not subtle, exactly, but certainly not garish.
  • Dippydog2
    Dippydog2 Posts: 291
    If that is your short list it would be interesting to see what you rejected to get to it.
  • chippyk
    chippyk Posts: 529
    Can't seem to insert a photo but a Bianchi Oltre with Super Record, in celeste, black and white with some Campag Bora wheels, white saddle and bar tape, celeste hoods and Super Record. Did I mention Super Record?