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I am evaluating a new bike for 2010 and looking at the Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse and Scott CR1.  The bikes are in the $3K range wiht either Rival or Ultegra and a variety of wheel types.  I like a lively and sprirted ride and typical average 16-19 MPH on hilly north county roads.  Any thoughts on the bikes before I take some test rides

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I think you would love the 2010 Specialized Tarmac I have for sale -- see my add.  It is a size 58.  Neil

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I've posted a near book before in the old List-Serve on BBC Talk, but in short:
Phil Feldman says his Tarmac might be the best bike he ever owned, and I trust his opinion.
For me, I've always said a Colnago C40/C50 is the best, all-around top-line bike taking into account construction, ride, value and everything.  Then again, each time I ride one of the three Pinarello's I've owned, I don't think anything touches them for being the most amazing feeling, handling, jump-speed "when you say go" bikes ever! Long term reliability, perhaps not so good due to being fragile. I've never ridden a Specialized or Cervelo and people swear by both.  I'm very much NOT a fan of that other well known brand, but that is based on more than five year old models.  Generally, I've been happy to buy late model (within 2-4 years old) top of the line ($5K to $8K) bikes for about half of retail used.  Lately, it is a real buyers market and you can do even better, I've seen 60% off and even more for bikes only a year old two old.  Of course you are taking the huge risk of dealing with unknowns galore and no warranty, etc.  If you buy new, you really have to settle because you MUST spend $2500 to $3500 for a legit Ultegra bike.  So instead of Record or DA, you are getting Chorus or Ultegra and going down one or two places in the frame/fork pecking order too.  Just my quick two-cents. 
Stuart

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