This is more of a retail/supply chain question.... if there's a more appropriate forum for this I'd appreciate the suggestion.
So I'm very into the Raleigh Furley for many reasons. Problem is I can't get my butt on one. There are 5 or 6 dealers within 100miles from me and none have this bike in stock (in any frame size). Finally called a shop in Rochester, VT (about 2 hours away from me) and the dude took the time to log into his dealer portal, found that there is one 57cm available on the west coast. But I'm not going to order a bike I haven't ridden... right?
The 2013 are due in stores "soon" he told me, but they or any other retailer I've spoken to have no plans of stocking them.
So what's a guy to do? I can't see how I'm going to be able to get on this bike without first committing but it is pretty much the bike I would dream up for my current need. I am not aware of anything else on the market that comes close at that price.
Is it totally ridiculous to even consider pulling the trigger on a bike I haven't seen? Any advice on getting on one of the '13s when they drop?