I'm struggling to find the pefect bike. I know the perfect bike doesn't exist and that there is always compromises but I can't seem to pull the trigger. I'm 52 and my goal is to ride a century so I've at least narrowed it down to a endurance road bike. I'm am on a budget but can afford up to 2K or so but don't want to. Biggest benefit that carbon has to offer for me is smoothing out the ride, however, I should be able to get a smooth ride on an aluminum bike if it has 28 inch tires and a carbon fork. I assume that 28's on a carbon road bike would be even better but I haven't seen one of those. I thought I found the perfect bike which is the 2014 Fuji Sportif Alloy which has Shimano 105 components, 28 inch tires and disc brakes to boot. Also it appears, based on a bike fitting, that the geometry on this bike should fit me like a glove but the test ride will be the ultimate confirmation. I have this idea that this will be my do-all swiss army bike whether doing a century or commuting to work , however, I am strictly road riding with groups and doing rallys at the moment and it may stay that way but I like having options. My dilemma is that there is also a 2013 Fuji Gran Fondo 2.3 carbon for the same price. It is Tiagra components and standard brakes but still, its carbon. Basically the functionality of the brakes and components would be the same, especially for the way I'm currently riding. My questions are:
Am I crazy for considering low tech aluminum over carbon?
Which of these bike would have better resale?
Currently riding a Fuji Absolute 3.0 alloy flat bar fitness bike. How much would my average speed increase?
Is there an endurance bike I could mail order instead?
I originally thought that the 2014 Synapse Disc 105 was going to be the one I would get but the seat setback is limited to 20mm (I need around 30). The seatpost is 25.4mm and there is practically no aftermarket at this time to fit it. Also there is an issue with riders with large feet hitting the disc assembly.