Update on "I got Hosed" maybe new bike
Ok, I may have $2000 to spend on a new bike that fits me. In that price range, the components will be 105's which is better than the Tiagra that I have now, but I am torn between a 2010 Felt Z5 and a 2010 Specialized Allez Comp Compact. The Felt is a carbon frame, while the Specialized is an aluminum frame with carbon fork and seat stays, but the Felt is right at $2000 while the Specialized is $1500. I do like the Felt bike shop better than the Specialized one, as well as everyone around here seems to ride Specialized or Trek, very few Felt riders. Would the comfort of the LBS for Felt be worth the extra $500?
My usage is recreational riding, triathlon, but no real crit racing or such. I am 6 foot 210-215 pounds. I just bought some Mavic Aksium Race wheels to replace the AlexRims that were on my bike originally, but both above bikes have MAVIC CXP-22N Aluminum Rims, so I don't know if either set is considerably better than the other.
My question is, is it just a toss up between the two bikes or should I consider the carbon bike for a little more money?