I'm looking at getting into road cycling at a recreational level (20-30 mile weekend rides, the occasional 100k-100mile charity ride) so I was looking at various "endurance road" bikes and have narrowed my search down to 2: Cannondale's Synapse 5 and Specialized'd Secteur Elite. I haven't been able to find just a ton of info on the Secteur, other than it's basically an aluminum version of the Roubaix. I'm wanting a compact crank as well.
Ultimately, it'll come down to what feels more comfortable when I ride but assuming that comfort is the same, which of these will be better suited for the long haul? They both offer a mix of 105 components with the main differences appearing to be in rims/wheels (RS10 and Vittoria for cdale, Mavic CXP-22 and Specialized for the Secteur) and crank (FSA Gossamer for cdale, Shimano FC-R600 for the spesh).
They'll both be priced within $50 of each other, and both are available at a LBS that I feel comfortable with. I do like the blue paintjob on the Synapse 5 better, though I'd probably try and find some matching blue handlebar tape, but I'd like to hear some pros/cons if there's anything else I should know. I've been able to find some reviews that mention the Synapse has nice power transfer (not as nice as the CADD9 obviously) for a "comfort" bike and that's something I may not fully realize on a brief test ride so I'm hoping to get that sort of feedback from this forum.
Appreciate any feedback, etc..
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