First of all I want to thank all of you who kindly replied to all my questions posted during the last week. I know I was getting annoyinh with so much asking. Again, thanks.
The good news is I found a bike which I felt comfortable with. Nice geometry and LX/XT range components for an affordable price. It's from a brand called FELT. I must say this bike kicks butt, all alluminum, LX/XT components, 20 lbs (total weight). What else could you ask for? Gonna pick it up tomorrow morning.
Man, I'm so excited...