Bianchi Axis (commuter), Specialized Tricross S-Works, BMC Team Machine SLT01, Mercier Kilo TT
It probably depends on what kind of riding your going to be doing.. the two bikes are nice, but for $550 you could probably do better IMO. But, for those two I'd go with the Soho. I don't care for the frame on the globe..
I test rode the specialized when visiting my family on the East Coast in December. I tested the Trek yesterday and liked a lot about it. In Chicago, Nobody has the Specialized in stock, nor do they plan to since they said that a "real" city bike can't have 26'' wheels. It is hard to compare a 5 minute test ride in December to one in late April.
I like a lot about both bikes. I was wondering what the "word" is on both of them.