Well, circumstances have fortuitously conspired to put me in the market for a road bike. Basically, my girlfriend was getting tired of her Roam 3, but her mother loves it, and as it turns out, my Escape fits my GF well enough that she much prefers it to her current bike.
This works out rather nicely for me, since one test ride on a road bike made it obvious to me that I find the riding position much more comfortable, and that I find the pedaling position much more efficient.
So far I've test ridden a Giant Defy 1 and a Giant Composite 1. I was initially expected that I'd feel a significant difference between the alu frame and the carbon frame, but to be perfectly honest, I didn't feel any difference at all in terms of ride quality (including cobblestones at some speed) or frame stiffness (i.e. power transfer).
Is there something I'm missing on that count? I expected the carbon frame to ride much smoother and have much better power transfer, but honestly, if anything, I felt more "right" on the Defy 1. My favorite LBS doesn't have a Defy Advanced 1 in stock, which is a shame since I've heard the frame is a significant upgrade from the Comp 1.
In a couple of days, when I will finally have some time, I plan on test riding a Trek Domane 2.x series and 4.x series, as well an alu and carbon Synapse.
Basically, I really just want to double check that I'm not missing something blindingly obvious in terms of carbon vs. alu frames, since my initial test rides had me liking the Defy 1 a lot more.