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Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2020 Disc 105 $2599 (Was $3899) @ Port Melbourne Cycles

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Can't wait to see "more expensive than my car" comments. And just to reiterate, no, it doesn't come with pedals (or a bell… or lights…). It's available in sizes 51, 54, 56 and 58, which should cover most people.

For those that aren't familiar with Cannondale bikes, the Synapse is the endurance road bike lineup that Cannondale offers, which means it is more upright and comfortable than a race bike (the SuperSix Evo lineup). I have the same model and it's suited to pretty much anyone that doesn't race, but still want a quick, responsive and relatively comfortable ride for riding on open roads. The only downsides is that the wheels could be a bit better, the stock ones are just too heavy.

Here are the specs:
Frame | BallisTec Carbon, Di2 ready, SAVE, BB30a, flat mount, 12mm thru axle, internal cable routing, removable fender bridge
Fork | BallisTec Carbon, SAVE, integrated crown race, 12x100mm thru-axle, internal routing, size-specific design - 44-48: 1 1/8” steerer, 60mm rake 51-54: 1-1/8” - 1-1/4” tapered steerer, 55mm rake 56-61: 1-1/8” - 1-3/8” tapered steerer, 45mm rake
Components
Handlebar | Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, Compact
Stem | Cannondale 3, 6061 alloy, 7-degree
Seatpost | Cannondale 3, 6061 Alloy, 25.4 x 350mm (46-56), 400mm (58-61)
Saddle | Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport, steel rails
Pedals | Not Included
Drivetrain
Shifters | Shimano 105 hydro disc, 2x11
Front Derailleur | Shimano 105, braze-on
Rear Derailleur | Shimano 105 GS
Brakes | Shimano 105 hydro disc, 160/160mm RT30 rotors
Brake Levers | Shimano 105 hydro disc
Cassette | Shimano 105, 11-34, 11-speed
Chain | Shimano HG601, 11-speed
Bottom Bracket | Cannondale Alloy PressFit30
Crank | Cannondale 1, BB30a, FSA rings, 50/34
Wheels
Rims | RD 2.0, 28h
Hubs | Formula DC-1420 front, DC-1422 rear
Spokes | Stainless Steel, 14g
Tyres | Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Bright Black, 700 x 30c
Headset | FSA Integrated, 1-1/4

Weight is 9.08kg.

For those (rich) folks that want Ultegra Di2, it is available here for $4199 (was $5999) : https://www.pmcycles.com.au/product/cannondale-synapse-carbo...

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    Sounds like a normal price for 105?

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      Usually over $3k RRP for carbon frame, 105 and discs from a major manufacturer, but can often get for under $3k in end of model year deals. For reference the 2020 Giant Defy Advanced 2 is comparable, and is $3.5k RRP and currently around $2.8k on bikeexchange. There's some sharp deals on non-disc bikes at the moment though.

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      I honestly agree that the RRP is hopelessly steep but at around 2.5k you're getting a very good carbon frame with disc brakes. Most of the price is for the frame, if you want a cheap 105 then there are better aluminium and non-disc options.

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    FFS, why are all the good deals in Melbourne?
    Sydney is so stingy with their discounts/sales.

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    I guess heavy wheels i.e. strong wheels are pretty standard on new bikes, handle all potential rider weights!

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    Can't wait to see "more expensive than my car" comments….

    Cheaper than a bunch of my camera lenses!

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      Cycling and photography are two popular hobbies that can easily break the bank :)

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        Add fishing to that as well if you're a serious fisherman who chases sports fish like tuna and marlin for example.

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          Not to mention that classic money pit of building-a-homemade-rocket-to-prove-the-earth-is-flat..can be very costly I've heard.

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    saving coins for the cannondale topstone with 105 .with aluminium frame …..down to $2599 ticket already and tyres are better suited for commuting.
    but this carbon synapse is tempting ……

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    Great price on a great bike.

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    Actually it'll legally come with a bell.

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      Really? I've never had a new road bike come with a bell. I know that it is a legal requirement to have a bell on your bike but didn't know that a seller had to provide a new bell on purchase. In fact, for this model there wasn't any extras supplied with the bike, not even a manual.

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        Pretty sure most bikes don't come with a bell

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        If you buy a bike, the shop will often bin them, but they come in the box, along with wheel reflectors.

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        In victoria they have to provide bell, reflectors and brakes for any bike designed for road use.
        For most pro bike stores, they realise it's a waste of their time and money (since most of the road bikes don't come from the manufacturer with these accessories) added them on, so they don't bother unless the buyer asks.

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          Ohhhh, so the manufacturer doesn't include them in the box but the store is obligated to supply those on purchase right? Because when I was building my bike from scratch it didn't come with any of these in the box.

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            @Could Be Better: Depends on the bike. A lot of kids bikes and city/commuting bikes might come with reflectors from the manufacturer, but it depends on the target country as well. US and UK reflector rules are different, so if a US company makes bikes that get shipped to Aus, the reflectors might still need to be changed by the local bike store to meet Aus regs.

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    Nice machine! If I needed a geared bike and had the cash I'd be all over this. Best part about this deal & specs is that the weight is included. I usually struggle to find details of a bikes weight so this is refreshing :) Cheers OP!

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      I had to get the weight off Evans Cycles - the Port Melbourne Cycles website didn't specify the weight. But if you ever need to find out a mainstream bike's weight, head over to Evans Cycles, they weigh most of their bikes. I agree that more websites should display the weight of their bikes, it really would be useful.

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        Yep. I build my own bikes from decent donor bikes I find on Gumtree or eBay. Most are around 2-5 years old and it's usually very difficult getting weight specs on them. Bit weird really as it's an important aspect for most I would've thought.

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      I usually struggle to find details of a bikes weight so this is refreshing

      Its weight shouldn't matter - love it for its personality.

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    Tubeless seems to be the fashion now.

    Are clincher rims the reason for it going in the discount bin? :-)

    I like that 1:1 bottom gear - even I would be able to climb steep hills without standing.
    Clearly intended for weekend riders like me :-)

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      Its not really the discount bin tbh
      Synapse is normally discounted by about this much (the same as most big brands)

      I was going to buy one last year
      Like the geo but the frame is too heavy

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        How heavy is the frame? AFAIK it's under 1kg, which isn't that heavy but the components, especially the wheels, make it quite heavy.

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          Agreed. Frame weight is important but it's the components where massive weight savings can be made… and not necessarily using high-end big brand parts either. Knocked over 200g off my total simply by replacing the pedals with generic carbon/titanium jobbies and the original pedals were already fairly lightweight. Tubes & tyres are another area you can knock weight down. Lightweight saddles aren't everyones cup of tea due to potential long-term comfort issues but yeah I cut another 250g off by getting a super-lightweight model. Current rig is around 6.5kg (excluding lights, lock, tools etc.) and due to buying most parts 2nd hand it really didn't cost a lot. It's a very basic single/fixed and so enjoyable to ride.

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            @SteveAndBelle: Wow, those are really big cuts. What model do you have? I would ideally want to swap the wheels but wheels are so expensive, especially the super light carbon ones. Even pedals I find expensive as someone who is pretty tight with bike components (hence a fan of 105 over Ultegra).

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              @Could Be Better: That's the problem… I build my own bikes as I like them as basic & lightweight as possible (again, very basic single/fixed gear without the need for gears) so I just get decent donor bikes mainly for the frame then use whatever parts I gather up from all over the place. My current build is based on an alloy LOOK Track Bike circa 2015-ish with no-name Chinese carbon wheels w/Conti GP4000s & super light tubes (around 2200g front & rear), 10-year old SRAM Red carbon cranks & ceramic BB bearings (700g), Selle Italia SLR Carbon Saddle (136g), generic carbon UD seat post (130g) and I can't find the details for the pedals but I think they were generic carbon/titanium things from Banggood and are super lightweight… oh and I'm running a reasonably lightweight chain too which cost a lot but from memory dropped about another 100g off the build.

              EDIT: Sorry, the carbon/Ti pedals are these cheapie flats @ 144g from AliExpress, not BangGood. I really only commute/bash so don't need anything special plus riding fixed usually means the pedals get trashed quickly anyway :)

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          1100g
          The hi-mod is just under 1kg but not really light

          Few hundred grams not really relevant unless you are racing on hills but there are lighter and more aero frames with similar geo/price

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            @thirtysixd: Which endurance bikes would you recommend at this price over the Synapse? Agreed Synapse is not for the aero lightweight lovers (SuperSix is for those people).

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              @Could Be Better: I like the new supersix :D
              old ones awesome too but gotta go rim brake

              Id probably compare synapse to a TCR or Endurace
              TCR might be a bit more racey but is easy to find and always discounted

              Focus has some good sales on the paralane too (this is the opposite and really relaxed)

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        Its not really the discount bin tbh

        Did you miss the smiley at the end of that question?
        I know you can't hear tone in the written word, but how much clear can I be that it was tongue-in-cheek ?

        BTW, my alloy-framed bike is about the same 9.1kg weight (without pedals etc).
        Do the disc-brakes cancel the weight savings from a carbon frame?

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    it's more expensive than my boat house off eBay 😱😱😱

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    Thanks bought 5

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