I am in the market for a road type bike for commuting. Originally, I was going to spend about $600 dollars (which seemed like a lot for a bike), but the more and more I research my buy, the more I want to spend and the more confused I get about which bike would be good for me. I now dream of a super expensive custom built bike that would be like riding on air, but I am realistic and know that I cannot spend more than two grand on a bike, including fenders, lights, rack, jersey, and bag.
My commute would be 24 miles (12 miles each way), 5 days a week. The first 7 or so miles is mostly flat. At around the 8th mile, I'll have to start climbing, and around the 9th mile I will encounter a three-quarter to one mile insane uphill, for me at least. Ending with a 2 mile downhill. And the opposite on the way home. All of this is one the street and is the only route I can take, unless I want to add significant mileage, which I won't have time for.
So what do you all think? I've been looking at commuters and cyclocross bikes, but cannot decide. I had my eye on the Trek Portland, as well as many others from Salsa, Jamis, Surly, etc. Can anyone give me some sound advice or opinions? I want a bike that will last years, probably equipped with nothing less than 105 parts (I've test ridden a few different types of bikes and I felt most comfortable one bikes equipped with this group of parts) or equivalent if not shimano. Well, this is long, so thanks for reading and for any help, advice, opinions, or suggestions you can give me.