hi there...I'm just about at the weight limit for Trek road bikes, thus posting this here instead of Road forum (or Commuting, my usual haunt).
Been commuting since last November on a Trek Soho, an all-aluminum bike with internal gears/brakes and no chain (belt drive). Great commuter bike, but not perfect for distance riding as I discovered on a half-century last weekend...sore arms, back, and butt, and not a lot of help up the hills.
Looking for a road bike that has
* relaxed geometry - it's hard enough to lean over on my Soho
* real "granny gear" for the hills
* carbon fork AND seat post to minimize vibration, saving my arms/back/butt
* decent components though I don't plan to race anytime soon
* braze-ons, in case I decide to try commuting on it
Have looked at a lot of reviews and also checked the stock of my trusted LBSes, I've got the decision down to the two bikes in the subject line.
what pushes me to the Trek Pilot 2.0 (2.1 is not available locally):
+ available at the store where I bought my Soho, not as far away as store that carries the Secteur
+ $200 cheaper than the Secteur Elite Triple
what pushes me to the Specialized Secteur Elite Triple (Sport Triple does not have carbon seatpost):
+ Shimano 105 group (everyone says it's awesome, though I'm not sure I can tell the difference between that and Tiagara (on Pilot))
+ have had some build problems w/Soho, so would like to try another brand
+ forum gushing about Roubiaux (all-carbon version of Secteur) makes me think there's something right with this bike (e.g., Zertz inserts), whereas the Pilot has been in and out of the Trek lineup making me think they're not really committed to it
my gut says to spend $200 extra for the Specialized. The Pilot seems like a Soho with different gears/brakes, so I might as well try something new. also, 3 extra gears can't hurt.
anyone disagree with this conclusion?