[ah geez, CR1, not CR!]
As I've posted elsewhere, it's about time to replace my trusty 2004 Giant OCR2. I've upgraded over the years to William's 30's, Ultegra, new bars. The alum with carbon fork isn't bad, and I have no issues with the triple, but at over 22 pounds and with newer materials, I'm ready for the change.
Looking in the relaxed geometry space with roughly a $2500 budget.
Today, I'll swing by to test out the Scott. While I hear great things, I have read some reviews that still talk about the harshness of this ride, despite the re-design a couple of seasons ago.
Then this weekend, the Defy Advanced. I rode one of these, and a Synapse three years ago on a test and wasn't impressed at that time. I don't know if the frames have changed much since then.
The next dealer will be Trek/Specialized, I guess the Roubaix and Domaine, both with outstanding reputations. Only issue I'm wondering about on the Roubaix; some say while smooth, it also feels numbing or somewhat detached from the road, almost too much.
Ultimately, first have to see which offers the best fit and then take it from there. I'll post follow-ups as I go along.