I've been fascinated with highracers for a long time, and I think this year will be the one where I actually take the plunge. I haven't test ridden anything since last year, so I'm looking to zero in my search.
The primary use of my highracer will be for commuting (about 25 mi each way, most of that uninterrupted highway), and I will also take it on recreational rides. The ideal bike will balance speed and reliability. I have other bikes I can ride in slop, so it doesn't need to be able to withstand extreme abuse. However, I don't want to think I'm messing it up if I get a little wet.
Of the bikes I've tried, the Corsa (which is at the upper limit of my price range) has been my favorite so far. Fast, climbs well, and I like the handling. The Strada intrigues me, but I haven't been able to ride one yet. For those of you who've ridden the Corsa and the Strada, how different is the handling?
Also, what do people think of carbon seats? The weight reduction is nice, but does comfort change with the seat angle since they are rigid? Also, does having a carbon seat noticeably impact pedaling efficiency, or are they mostly bling?
What's the general opinion how the Volae, RANS, and ActionBent stack up against the Corsa or Strada?