So I have done about as much bike research as I can stand and I've narrowed my choices down to the Trek 520 or the Kona Sutra.
I can have my LBS order the 520 or I can drive 2 hours to get to a Kona dealer.
As of yesterday, there was 1 520 in my size according to the Trek dealer network. 1 in the whole United States? However, there are Kona Sutras in my size at the other dealers.
Now here is the ethical dilemma. I can have the LBS order the 520 so I can try it out and there is the possibility that I don't like it or I can go to the Kona dealer and try out the bike they have in stock. And I may not like them either! (at which point I start the research part all over!)
Whatever bike I purchase, the LBS will be doing all the repairs and ordering extra doo-dads for me (except for any dealer specific items if it's not the Trek).
Thanks in advance