I am in the market for my first road bike. I borrowed on old one from a friend for my first triathlon. Now I want my own so I can continue to ride. I was all set to order a 2014 Diamondback Podium Etape in part due to the fact I can get it for around $1200, and because of positive reviews I have read on Diamondback bikes. That is a full carbon bike with Shimano 105 components. I have not found anywhere around me that has this bike to test ride though.
I then received some advice to look into a light aluminum bike (ie: Fuji Roubaix RC) with carbon fork and stay that has higher grade components. Now I'm a little confused.
I feel like I get more bang for my buck on the frame with the Diamondback and I'm not sure I could find a deal on an upgraded aluminum bike for the $1200 I have... but am I giving too much emphasis to the full carbon frame. Would it we a good idea to go aluminum?
I am looking at doing a couple triathlons (sprint and olympic distance) a year (eventually doing a half ironman) as well as riding throughout the year.
Now I am a little confused what might be the best option.