Haven't posted in a while, but had to share news about the new baby.
I just purchased a 2014 Domane 4.7 to "supplement" my 8 year old Giant OCR1, and aside from my wallet (N+1 = 4N), I couldn't be happier.
I opted to splurge for the Ultegra equipped 4.7 over the 105 and lower spec'd 4.3 version - this thing shifts effortlessly! The list of updates from the Giant are pretty significant:
- Carbon vs Aluminum
- 11 speed vs 9 speed Ultegra
- Compact double vs Triple
- Tubeless ready wheels
- 58cm frame vs "XL" frame which I always felt was a bit large for me
- White vs Blue - was actually a factor in the 4.7 vs 4.3 decision. I can't have two blue bikes
- even though none of this bike is manufactured here in Wisconsin, I still feel like it's a home town company. Waterford is even closer to me... could there be a steel frame in my future?
Looking forward to putting lots of miles on the bike this year. I discovered during the 2nd half of a 50 mile inaugural ride that the bike does not do all the work, however. A return to fitness is in order, and I have just the bike to do it on!