I had a little altercation with an oncoming car turning left in front of me last week and will have to replace my beloved 2006 Trek Pilot 5.2 with full Ultegra components. The current near equivalent is the Madone 5.2, so I'm anticipating the possibility of an insurance settlement check somewhere around $3500 or so.
My LBS is great and I'd love to buy something from them, but I'm not sure I'm sold on that Madone. I'm disappointed to see the component level drop each year while the price increases. Not particularly excited about the black and white paint on it either. But I might could be happy with it in a triple version.
For that kind of $$, what other good options are contenders? The kicker will be if the bike is in stock because I do not want to be without a ride for an extended time.