Hi all, I bought my road bike about two years ago, a 2013 fuji sportif 1.7c with tourney components and an aluminum fork. I rode it around campus the first year and a half (~2500 miles), but within the last four months or so I've started to ride longer distances in the hills around campus (20-40 miles looking to increase the long rides to 60ish). I'm signed up for a century ride in late September, and thinking I might want a nicer bike for the century.
There are three primary reasons I'm looking to upgrade. First the sportif is very bumpy and transmits all the road vibrations and bumps straight into my body. Riding on Skyline, I find my hands and feet start to go numb after a couple miles. The roads I'm frequenting don't look to me in particularly bad shape. At least not compared to some of the pothole ridden affairs around my undergrad campus! I just feel that over the course of a longer ride a more compliant ride would be much more comfortable.
Second, the 7-speed gearing is a little coarse sometimes. I think it would be easier to keep an efficient cadence with less space between the cogs. That and the thumb shifters aren't conducive to shifting on the drops. (As a side note, how often do you shift from the drops? I find even the lever shifts are difficult to manage from the drops due to small hands)
Third, the sportif at 23 pounds is no light weight.
I would ideally spend enough to hit the point of diminishing returns on my next bike, and not plan to buy another bike for another 5-10 years. I think I'd prefer carbon for my next ride. My wife's spesh ruby 09 is much smoother than my bike or the fuji roubaix '12 that my brother owns. I've been scouring CL in my area and was hoping for your input on my options.
2009 Trek Madone 5.5 1200 USD
TREK MADONE 5.5 BIKE - IN A GREAT CONDITION!!!
2004ish?? Interloc Scandium 550 USD (not full carbon but has carbon seat stays and cheap!)
Interloc Scandium Elite Road Bike, 52cm
2010 Trek Madone 5.2 1200 USD
52" 2010 Trek Madone 5.2 ultegra
2010 Spesh Roubaix Expert 1150 USD
2010 Specialized Roubaix Expert
There are also some close out 2014 caad10 5s for 1200 at a local bike store. I've heard great things about caad10s, but I'm not sure that the race geometry and less compliant frame are for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm a bit competitive by nature and love riding fast more than riding long, but the purpose of cycling rather than running is to prevent injuries, and I'd much rather be comfortable and slower than faster and injured.
I'm a little put off buying new, since when I bought my first bike despite much advertising about finding the right fit, the most any shop did was to have me straddle a bike and adjust the seat post. Some shops even tried to put me on a 56 cm frame (I'm 5' 7") where I had difficulty reaching the brake levers! The higher end shops might be better, but with my previous budget I wasn't touching any of their road bikes. I feel like I got much better value by buying used when I was looking for my wife's bike.
Sorry about the wall of text and thanks for your insight.