I am returning to the dark side of diamond frame riding (I have been riding one of those other funny bikes.)
It seems that for my age of 6 tee mumble mumble (nearer 70) I should choose a bike with a longer stem tube and shorter top tube. My absolute maximum budget is $AUD2400.
For that I can get:
Trek Madone 4.5 H2 fit - Reputed to have crap wheels and the worst saddle in the world
Colnago Ace - Crap wheels. ...but it's a Col nago!
Giant Defy Advanced 3 - I don't know anything about their wheels. I may get a better deal on the Giant.
I can upgrade wheels in 12 months.
Our local roads are chipseal from Hell.
All input would be appreciated. At the moment the short list is Giant and Colnago.