I came to an agreement with my better half about buying a new bike. We have a baby on the way and our deal, which I think is more than fair, is that once we purchase all the primary baby gear, I can get a new bike.
I've started doing research, but am quickly getting overwhelmed. I am hoping that some of you can help. I know I need to ride the bikes to see which one feels and fits the best, but I am hoping to narrow my list down to 4 or so bikes.
Here is what I know:
1) I want at least 105 level components
2) I can potentially spend up to $2k, but would prefer to keep it closer to $1500. If there is a really compelling reason, I'd certainly spend the money.
Here is the list so far:
Bianchi Via Norone 7 $1699
Trek 2.3 $1809
Cannondale Synapse $1329
Cannondale CAAD9 5 $1399
Cannondale Six 5 $1759
Cannondale Six carbon $1799
Specialized Roubaix $1900
Specialized Allez Elite $1550
Jamis Ventura Race $1350
Jamis Ventura Elite $1850
All of them have at least 105 components, one is carbon fiber, some have carbon fiber seat stays. I am not even sure I want carbon.
This will be the bike I use for group rides and events. I currently weigh 180 pounds (clyde for life) so the wheels shouldn't be an issue.
What do you think? Any other bikes I should be considering? Thanks for the help.