I'm planning to start commuting to work via bike. It's about 11 miles each way largely on bike paths, but there's a metro to take me as well. As I start out, I may only do one way or a few times/week as I build up my endurance/speed. I've been looking at several bikes over the last few weeks as my old Schwinn searcher is in pretty rough shape. I've looked at several models, and fell in love with the Fuji Finest 1.0 (2015 model) tonight. It appears to be a Performance bicycle exclusive for this year, so I haven't seen a lot of reviews for the version with this component set.
Product: Fuji Finest 1.0 LE Women's Road Bike - 2015 Performance Exclusive
It's got 11-speed Shimano 105 gears, and the XS frame felt really comfortable for me (5'3").
I've never had a road bike before, so am curious if collective wisdom thinks this would suit me well. I want a bike that will grow with me as I get better, and I like to buy things to last. For reference, I also tried the Felt ZW85, which is also lovely, but came at a higher price point, that I'm not sure is actually that much better than the Fuji ($1350 vs. $1099). Others I looked at included a Trek 7.2 FX, a Raleigh Cadent i11, a Trek CrossRip Elite, and the Fuji Sportif.
Thoughts for a newbie? Will this bike serve me well? Is it overkill?