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I'm trying to decide between the two bikes, I've tried the Cannondale and like it.. I can't try the Specialized because they don't have it in my size. I'm hesitant about buying the Specialized because I'm pretty much locked in and if it doesnt feel 'right' (they have to order one in from specialized).
The Specialized guy has been super helpful etc and I know I will get the right fitting as they offer a 2 hour session. It's just the feel of the bike I'm worried about.
I like the Cannondale but the seat isn't as comfortable as a Dolce (I tried a compact in a size S but it was too big)
Basically I'm super confused and any input would be greatly appreciated, both are similar prices, just wondering if I will be more comfortable on the Specialized due to the Zerts etc or should I go for the Cannondale because it has 105s and just change the seat.
Also since I'm on a roll, would either of these bikes be okay for competing? I'm interested in doing a few races during the year if I can (for fun, but I still would like to be on an even playing field with the other newbies).
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Do they have a size that is close to what you need? It may not fit you as it should but will give you the idea on how stiff the frame is and it's handling.
They should be able to make adjustments to give you the idea of how it would feel (if it was the next size up or down from what you need).
Otherwise, if you like the Cannondale and are happy with this bike perhaps that's the winner and saddles are very personal to the individual so no matter which bike you buy the saddle may need to be changed regardless for one that suits YOU.
No matter the bike it will need to be fitted to suit you and your riding style anyway - so it's more about the feel of the bike when you ride it (and the look of it as it has to appeal to you).
Either bike would be OK for competing. It's the engine driving the bike (YOU) that makes the difference, not the bike - unless you're riding at the elite level.
Fitness is one part of competing. Tactics is another. There's no point being a strong rider if your tactics do all the right things at the wrong times, or all the wrong things at the right times.
Both of these are more important than what brand/model road bike you're riding.
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I am not too worried about trying a bike before I buy, as long as you get the style of bike you are after with the most elements you are wanting, its the fit that will make the most difference. The 2 hour fit will be worth its weight in gold.
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They also said that if what they ordered was the wrong size then they would be able to order the correct one as they would never let a poorly fitted bike leave the shop as it's not worth the bad reputation.
Wife rides a 2007 Dolce we have just upgraded to Tiagra 10 speed and a compact double. She loves it.
I too find the Tiagra great; I will be fitting it to my new/old Pub bike when funds arrive!
I ride 105 new 5700 and other than the cable routing, not under the tape, I can't really tell a difference, other than bragging rights. Her bike was upgraded from OLD 8spd Tiagra, Sugino triple and Tektra and Sora brakes and brifter mix, she can't get over how easy and smooth the bike is.
Cannondale, no opinion on, but don't cast it off, a saddle is an easy upgrade. The Dolce is very popular for a reason, world over, and I personally did not like the Specialized, but Kudos to the Dolce.
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If it's down to two bikes, choose the one that makes you feel more tingly, because that's the bike you will want to ride.
Saddles can be changed, bike fit can be changed.
Red is known to be the fastest colour.
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