Last year I did this ride on my Trek 1.5. I don't have too many issues with climbing, but I do have an issue with the vibrations. The roads were kind of getting to me after a while. I guess I'm spoiled with the decent pavement on the west side of Houston.
Anyway, I have heard from many riders that carbon fiber frames help soak that up very well. I am wondering what you all have to say about it. I know several of you have participated in the ride and know what kind of roads we deal with. I do not have any roads that rival some of these around me.
I am willing to part with my motorcycle in order to free up space in the garage for the new bicycle. I do not want anything high end. Everything I am considering has Shimano 105's. My current list includes: Giant TCR Composite, Madone 4.5, Specialized Roubaix Elite SL2, Fuji SL 2.0, and C'dale SuperSix 5 105.
I do plan on taking these bikes for a test spin before I decide on one over the other. Just curious if there is a noticeable comfort benefit from using CF. My aluminum frame seems to send every little thing right up to my butt and hands. I have also heard they are better on long rides when looking at energy consumption. I do plan on attending a race or two later this year (Cat 5) if there are some near me.
I like the look of all the bikes listed above, and I am floored with how light they are. I made it a point to ignore anything carbon fiber in the past until I got more serious about cycling. I also hope to participate in a century ride or two if I have the chance. Thanks in advance.