Body by Guinness
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Irvine, CA
Bikes: Specialized Allez Pro; Cervelo P2 SL; Tsunami (Converted to Fixed Gear)
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I've been going back and forth whether or not to post this but what the heck...
If I were you, I would consider rolling back to $2,500 or so. IMO, once you get above two grand or so you're not really getting that much more for your money. You can get a great tri bike for that much with full Ultegra components, or if you really want to go full Dura-Ace you can spend a little more...still there are good deals out there to be had.
Earlier this year I bought a Specialized road bike with full Dura-Ace and Mavic Ksyrium Elite Wheels. It was essentially like buying the components and getting a free frame. Another friend of mine paid more than double for a Colnago but I don't think he got much more of a bike.
If you're anything like me, as soon as you buy your next bike, you'll start learning more and thinking about what you're going to buy next. Save the $1,500 and put it toward the next one.
This may not be popular with the group but it's just my 2 cents!
Good luck with your search.