I am going for a bike fitting next week. I am going to be upgrading from my specialized sirrus. I am moving past fitness rides and want a semi touring machine. I am 250lb's 6'3 and a ride over some pot hole filled roads.
The only real must haves are a triple crank, relaxed geometry, drop bars and a smooth ride.
No aluminum frames. Steel or Carbon this time. Loose budget of 2500 or less. I can blow the budget completely it if I really love something.
I have come up with a small list of top choices.
1= Salsa Casserole so far my winner
2=Surley long haul trucker disc I saw one in REI bar end shifters would need to be changed and it's really heavy
4=trek 520 Looks ok but looks boring
5=Cervelo RS looks hot but no triple crank and I have been reading about cracks on the frame.
6 Civia bryant Looks like a dream bike with the belt drive. I don't think an 8 speed is gonna cut my gear ratio's that I need for hills.