Yea yea, so I am hooked, I purchased a Trek 7.2 FX two months ago and now I am going to put a Trek 2.1 Road bike on layaway on Thursday. I rode tested this bike today, and let me say if this isn't the perfect road bike for me, I would be shocked.
BUT. I will do my due diligence and ask the masses am I missing out on a bike that is similar in price ($1100 sale price on Thursday) that is better, or I should try out? This particular LBS has only Gary Fisher and Trek's in stock, but there are quiet a number of LBS around me being that I am close to Philadelphia.
Enlighten me please, I am on vacation this week, so I can spend all week at the LBS test riding bikes
If you like the Trek shop, go for it. My budget was similar and I ended up getting a Fuji Roubaix from Performance because I wanted SRAM components. No other reason. I could be happy with my Fuji or the Trek.
Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
Gary Fisher is made by Trek. I believe they took on the geometry that was used on my Lemond. Trek fits like a gove IMO, but the Lemond maybe a bit better for my bode. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a GF either.
I have an older Cannondale, and even then the Trek was a much better feel as far as comfort. I believe Bianchi "used to" have about the same geo as Trek, try them if you get a chance.
Also check out Giant, usually have happy customers.
FYI, don't count out a good "last year's model". I bought my wife's full carbon bike for $2100 as the newer model was $2799. Last year's modle had full Ultegra and the $2799 had Bontrager components. Sometimes the newer stuff is equipped with lesser components and a last year's model may be a better buy with better components, keep an eye out.
I agree with Mr Beanz. After trying out bikes for several weeks, my wife and I picked up some Giants. They money seems to go far, the bike feels lively, and my shop does lifetime tune ups. It was pretty tough to beat.
That being said, Performance seemed like a decent place to get a good price on bikes. I wasn't a fan of how they swapped out SRAM/Shimano parts for in-house brand, Tektro, or FSA, but if you don't mind that--it's not a bad deal. Those Tektro brakes, though, don't stop a guy my size very well.