Hi Folks - I'm working on upgrading from a drop-bar hybrid to an actual road bike (after riding a friends bike I can't resist)!
My goals are simple: carbon fork, Tiagra or higher. (coming from Al w/ chromo fork and 2300 I feel this is an approriate step up).
I haven't found the right bike on craigslist, and I'm nervous about ebay.
I've found two (seemingly) fantastic deals in my area; a 2013 Fuji Sportif 1.1 for $720 (MSRP $1099) and 2013 Trek 1.5 for $900 (MSRP $1240). I also have a choice of purchasing a family member's ~2004 Trek OCLV 120 carbon with about 1000 miles on it for market price (whatever that may be, i'm guessing around $1000), and it would need a tune-up. I'm more interested in having my own new bike though and worried about carbon. I have a Jamis dealer in the area, but I wouldn't want to step below a Ventura Race, but they won't go on sale until the fall.
Any input on either of these models? They're very similar component-wise, and I'm not sure if the Trek is worth the extra $180. However, the Fuji is from a sketchy builder (although brand new) while the Trek is from a LBS which would provide me with essential services that would surely make up for the added cost. I plan to ride both bikes this evening, and hopefully make a decision.
Just looking for some input on the brands and/or the models if any of you have experience with these.