You don't need to make excuses for your bike. Today's low end CF bikes were manufacturer's flagship models a few short years ago.francoaa said:Yes the ride is very smooth, it climbs well, it really takes the sting out of rough pavement compared to the alloy synapse 6 at least for me. And for those who are not sure of carbond well my budget only allowed me up to this price point. Plus nothing against anyone else I will probably never pay $ 5,000 for a bike and that is just me. If I won millions in the lottery well that is a different story lol!