Giant Defy 3, to be exact, in size M. On sale at a LBS. I am firmly in the steel is real camp, but threw a leg over the Aluminum Defy 3 with Carbon fork and was pleasantly surprised. Was curious how the compact geometry would fit me, but the answer is, reasonably well. The bike feels very light to me, around 20 lbs for the Medium. Ride was not as smooth as my steel Salsa Casseroll, but the frame was stiff while not being over harsh as I remember aluminum frames from just a few years ago, and it felt subjectively fast. Don't know how fast I was actually going. Stock Sora 9 speed shifters and derailleurs felt nice as it is mostly likely identical to my 2 year old Tiagra. Even the stock saddle wasn't bad, at least for the half hour or so I was on it.
Thinking it would be a nice alternative to my Salsa for faster club rides, and a bike my son could ride when I can coax him off his mountain bike to do a road ride but I just don't know. (and if I asked my son, I am quite sure he would ask me to just buy him a new mountain bike) Is the prospect of a good deal clouding my judgment? I often advise others not to buy a new bike just to have something different just because it is a good deal, and to resist the siren call of N + 1. And there is, of course, the spousal factor in all this.
Don't know if I will pull the trigger, as I may eventually want to go full Carbon/Ultegra some day, but I will say that if anyone in this forum is thinking about going with a road bike, today's sub $1,000 aluminum bikes aren't bad at all.