I'm a clyde. I have been riding a Trek 7.2 FX for about 2 years. I just started riding more often this year (50+ miles/week). I'm looking for a road bike to do some longer rides on. I would like to spend less than $2000 and have a carbon fork and Tiagra or 105 group.
I have two LBS, one sales trek, the other specialized.
I'm 6ft and have been told I should ride a 56-58cm frame.
I have tested the Trek 1.2 (58cm), 2.1 apex (58cm), and 3.1 madone (56 cm).
The 1.2 was ok.
The 2.1 apex was smooth but I felt way too stretched out.
The 3.1 was very smooth but I still felt stretched out in the hoods.
I also test the Allez and Roubaix.
The Allez was very stiff and I felt stretch out, but was very quick.
The Roubaix rode more upright and was very smooth, my favorite so far but it was almost $2k and I didn't like the Apex shifters.
I am aware of the Sectuer but didn't get to test ride.
Is it normal to feel stretched out? Should I try a 54 cm? Should I try a shorter stem?
When I ride the road bikes I feel very stretched out and not in control of the bike. Is this normal?
Has anyone had any experience with a trek with H3 geometry? Trek has a 2.1 with H3 but it's not in stock locally.