My first post here but I've been reading through a lot of information and trying to make an informed decision. This is my first road bike although between the bikes in my family I've ridden in the past. Need something that will be good for light commuting and also be good for some racing (not super competitive or anything at this point!)
I've tested ridden quite a few bikes the past couple of days and think I've at least narrowed it down...
First: Fuji SL1 Pro LE from Performance Bikes
C7 HM carbon, Ultegra, Tektro brakes (junk), FSA Gossamer and various Oval components.
Felt nice while test riding, only in the parking lot... Love the color scheme (should probably be my least important worry! Hah) - $1649
Second: 2011 Marin Stelvio 105
CXR T3 Carbon, Full 105 group set, BB30, CXP-22 wheels, etc...
Only test road the 2011 Ultegra model (have to order 105) - liked it, seems very stiff, well built. Hard to compare how different 105 would be? Good looking bike. $1588
Third: Cannondale CAAD10 4 Rival
Aluminum, Rival group set, Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels, BB30
Really liked this and the SRAM shifting. To be honest, and please tell me if I'm being stupid - the Gulf racing color scheme is putting me off a bit... Also like the shop selling this the best. $1590
Also test road both a Trek 2.1 and Specialized Allez. Both had SRAM Apex and I was very unimpressed with shifting performance. The Trek was very boring to ride in general.
Any suggestions to what I have listed or perhaps to try and take a look at? Much appreciated!