Kona Jake replacement?
I've ridden the Kona Jake as a commuter for a few years. On weekends, I strip it down for longer rides. I am getting a bit stronger (and bored) with the Jake and I would like to "move up". I commute about 15 miles one-way, but I'd like to increase my efficiency, speed, and distance on weekends. I use clipless pedals. I could (a) keep the Jake and purchase a separate bike with better components, lighter weight, etc. strictly for road biking, or (b) pick up a new road or cross-bike to serve both purposes.
The Jake is good for me because of it's size (56) and wheel base. I always feel in control on the Jake. Right now, I feel a bit twitchy on true road bikes. Maybe I just need to get used to them, I am not sure. So, I am looking for suggestions on how to "move up"; key issues to consider, etc.
I have ridden the Treks 2.1 (didn't like). Next weekend, I will try Felts and Specialized. Thus far, I haven't noticed a significant difference in ride quality (except braking), unless I move up to 105 components or higher.
Comments/suggestions are welcome. -- Thanks.