I was very impressed w/the comprehensive assessment of all aspects of my riding style, athletic and injury history. Every possible option for my position on the bike was measured, re-measured and tested for comfort and pedalling power. They even had me up on a massage table (was hoping for a massage but nooooooo) to test my flexibility and range of motion. As expected my hip flexors are tight, (should be hitting the pilates mat more frequently.)
The fitter, John, was awesome, very knowledgeable, wielding his goniometer w/authority. He was more interested in getting me on the right bike than making a sale. He still has to punch all the numbers in and as of yet I don't have a specific quote, just ball park figures. After giving me his undivided attention for 2 1/2 hours, I was suprised he let me walk out without sealing the deal.
The Fierte can be tweaked to give me the right fit, and can be speced w/full ultegra in my price range. The Couer d'Acier would be better, since it would be all custom geometry, but would come in 500-800 over the top of my budget ;-) (This is a lifetime investment right? What difference does 800 bucks make?)
And then there's new pedals and shoes. I have candy's on my hybrid and wear mtn bike shoes (i know i know, it's fred) But I really DO like them for practical reasons, for instance, being able to walk in them without falling my keester. I could always just put these on the new bike, I've never had any knee trouble or problems with them.
Today's fitting put me on the 52cm short stock Fierte frame. If I get the yellow like I want, that would be an extra hundred bucks for the Fierte since it's a non-standard color.
I have a feeling what the cycling enablers on this board will say, but I would love to hear your opinions!