In order not to further derail this thread, I am opening this one in hopes of getting help choosing between these two bikes:
Quick CX Ultra vs Allegro 3X
Now, some personal background, riding details and reasons for the choice.
I am 53 y.o., stand 6'3" with a 34" inseam and weight 210 lbs. Have been back to cycling for little over three months (lost ten pounds) now after an extended leave of over 15 years. Chose a silver Citizen 2 in a 20.5" frame as my reentry bike and I am happy with it. However I do want to move up to something a bit better along the same lines.
Riding habits: almost all of my riding will be done on pavement, specifically in a local park road that closes from 4:00 to 8:00 and 16:00 to 20:00. The circuit itself is 10km round trip and I am currently riding it about 5 times per week and have gone as far as 40km in roughly 120 minutes. "Normal" thus far is 25/30km in an hour to hour and half -- though my goal is to eventually ride a metric century and put in 40km on a regular basis.
Reasons for active front suspension. Though I've both heard and read (mostly here) conflicting opinions on the matter, with most people falling on the side of "unnecessary" for my road riding, I am pretty much sticking to my guns on this one. Reasons: for me comfort is not just a perk but a necessity due to a pretty bad back condition and when choosing the Citizen I also tried a couple of non-suspension hybrids. Conclusion: I'll gladly give up in speed what I gain in shock-absorbing comfort. Besides, even if I haven't done so yet, living in an island as I do (Santo Domingo, Dom Rep), I want to have the option of taking it with me on some of my beach trips where I'd be riding in rough pavement and/or gravel paths.
Advice: fact is I won't be able to test ride either bike as the Cannondale/Jamis dealer here will only special-order upmarket hybrids. There's a Trek dealer as well, but I've opted out of the 7500 for two reasons: 1-The Cannondale/Jamis dealer has been very accommodating to me thus I feel comfortable in repeating business with them as opposed to going a whole new route, and 2-Vapid as it may seem, I simply don't like the color scheme on the '10 Trek 7500 -- I'd only go that route if they could find me an '09 model and given solid reasons here as to why I should.
So I guess that about covers it. I'd be much obliged if we could keep the conversation on topic and criticism-free as to why one would want to spend that much for a hybrid. Simply put I DON'T want a road bike no matter how many times it gets mentioned that the cost/benefit ratio is a gazillion times better.
Oh yes, I should also add that the Allegro 3X is an '09 model as Jamis hasn't revealed their '10 line-up yet. As with the Trek that could make a difference as well. I am finicky with color-schemes.
Thanks in advance.