roshea wrote:Dale E Grind, Spoken4 and Oz all have the Synapse alu with 105 (triple). I think they are part of a cult.
No offence to those who run triple on the Synapse but after running compact crankeset I wouldn't go triple on a road bike if you paid me. Compact gives you plenty low enough gears and a good range of them too for all but the most powerful riders IMO.
Even if it put a few dollars on the cost of the bike I'd get that swapped out at time of purchase; that's the time to do it 'cause you'll get a much better discount at purchase time than you will further down the track, well that's how BSC seems to operate anyway.
I missed this thread - never mind - a few thoughts.
You can run 53-39 to a 12-25 and get almost the same gear range as a compact. I would definitely go this or compact before I considered a triple which has too much metal doing nothing.
Anyway congrats on the Felt they seem like a solid bike from the ones I have seen. The 1400 is also a good bike - only dodgy bits are the seat (generally thought of as awful and the wheels which are cheap and break easy).
As for Cannondales (I own a Six13 Team 1) if you want a stiff alloy frame then they are fabulous. They are a little more at equiv prices points to your tawainese models but I think you get what you pay for.
The higher end Six13 and System 6 are lighter, about as stiff but soak up the road buzz thanks to the carbon but you are up in the $5k+ range for those.