Well, I went out looking today one more time for my 2012 N+1 bike.
I started at REI (not my favorite LBS) riding a Navarro something with a steel frame. Nice bike, but I didn't fall in love.
Then, while there, I rode a Cannondale Synapse with an AL frame just to check the geometry. I had more interest in the carbon frame but they don't stock these (although they can order them). I really liked that bike, and it was priced at $1,050 with Tiagra shifters. I think I could have been quite happy with the bike.
But to be fair to myself, I returned to a Trek store where I had only seen, but not ridden, a 2011 Madone 4.7, priced at $1,799. Good price, marked down from $2,600 and a lot less than the $3,000 2012 version. I really really liked it, but somehow couldn't convince myself it was worth that much more than the AL Synapse.
Then they steered to the Madone 5.1, for $1,999 (also a 2011). There are two left in their system in my size (56cm). I rode it; I loved it. I almost bought it. But they won't do layaway or take a deposit to hold a bike. I have an unexpected check coming soon which I'm devoting to my bike purchase. I wanted to hold this bike, and pay when the check comes in. I will NOT charge the bike.
They said no, so I left, with one more bike to ride anyway - a Specialized AL frame Sectaur at another shop which I really like.
Rode the bike, loved it. Almost pulled the trigger. THEN get to chewing the fat with the LBS owner, and somehow we get to talking about yet another bike: a Masi "Evoluzione." He had one built, and I took it for a spin.
At last, I was in love again. AND - this LBS takes layaways, no problem. He made me a great deal. MSRP is $2,000. I got it for $1,849. I plopped down some cash to hold it, we agreed on what else I wanted (I'm swapping out the white bar tape for black), and now it will await me and that check I mentioned earlier.
Here's a stock picture below. And here's a link to Mazi's site with all the specs on the bike: Mazi Evoluzione
I'm beside myself!