just keep riding
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Bikes: 2017 Niner Jet 9 Alloy, 2015 Specialized AWOL Comp frameset (custom build), 2015 Zukas custom road, 2014 Specialized Crave Pro 29, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB, 1980ish Fuji S-12S
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All I can say is try everything you can and see what you like and what you don't like. If the bikes you mentioned are within your reach, I think you will end up with a very nice bike.
Do you have any preferences for frame materials? component groups? Do you want aggressive, quick steering geometry or more relaxed, stable geometry? Do you like a more upright position on the bike or do you want to be streched out and aerodynamic? Comfort means very different things to different people.
As you gather more hands on information, you'll start getting a clearer idea of what you are looking for. Then you can ask more specific questions and get more useless disinformation.
Enjoy the search!