I'm hoping that the collective wisdom of the road.cc members might be able to advise me.
I'm looking to upgrade my 8yr old Cannondale Supersix 105 (NB - I've upgraded several bits over the years - carbon stem, carbon handlebars, nice wheels, saddle, cassettes, deraillers etc) and so it's a machine I love very much. However, my commuter bike has breathed it's last breath and so I thought my Supersix could take over that job and I'd get myself a new bike for my long weekend rides (80-100k generally). I'm cycling London-Paris in July this year and so I thought I would treat myself for that. I'm a Cannondale devotee and so I'm looking to get the Cannondale Synapse but I'm really struggling to decide which model.
The 2018 model seems to come with quite a few nice improvements which keep some of the sportiness of the SuperSix but with the comfort of the Synapse so I've pretty much decided to buy the 2018 range.
My key questions are:
- Is hi-mod worth the extra £900? If yes, I'll get the SYNAPSE HI-MOD DISC DURA-ACE (http://www.cannondale.com/en/Europe/Bike/ProductDetail?Id=955e361c-57b8-...)
- If not, then is Dura Ace worth the extra £1000 or shall I stick to Ultegra? (Hi-mod Ultegra Di2 isn't an option as not being made this year)
- Any thoughts on whether I should get a bargain on a 2017 model and then upgrade stuff? My instict is no as I want the extra spirit from the 2018 model and 300g frame weight loss is impressive (albeit insignificant compared to me as a 6 foot woman!)
NB - I'm pretty much decided that Di2 is not something I want to invest £1000 in right now. I'd rather get a better frame. Is this a massive mistake?!
Thanks in advance for your advice!