Recently had the chance to ride a 2008 Jamis Aurora Elite with a steel frame and a carbon fork and was impressed with the ride and feel of the book. This bikes seems to strike a great balance between comfort and snappiness.
I'm now wondering what other bikes compare to this bike? The 2008 Aurora Elite was essentially a touring bike with a cyclocross frame (in steel!). And it came with decent Shimano 105-Ultegra components.
Trouble is that the new 2009s are now full on touring bikes and have lost the "snap" of the 2008s.
I am now looking for either a new 2008 (if someone has one a 51cm or 53cm?) or trying to find something similar. Would appreciate your thoughts.