first, thank for any advice here. Brief background...mountain biker previously, never have owned a road bike, major accident 3 years ago made me give it up pretty much. 2 years ago purchased a Trek 7.5fx for fitness. Hooked again, do 2-4 rides, 30-50miles, 2-3.5k elevation per week in San Jose area, mostly on paved trails to road climbs with very low traffic. 6'3 190lbs but do love to climb and for my size, do pretty well against all my "little" friends on their carbon road bikes. .
Anyways, "everyone" has a carbon bike and love them so I'm thinking of an upgrade. anything in the $1.5-2.5k range basically. older so not really interested in learning to ride a road bike but wondering if I should just take that leap? LBS seems to think so but others are like if you like the hybrid setup, stick with it. any recommendations b/n what I see are the best 2 carbon hybrids on the market, trek 7.7 and Giant Composite? Am I missing some others? or should i just take the leap to a road bike?
Really appreciate any advice.