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Help me figure out which of 2 bikes, please

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Help me figure out which of 2 bikes, please

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Help me figure out which of 2 bikes, please

Here goes: I tried out a Trek 2.3 wsd a few weeks ago and was amazed at how well it fit. I've been wary of getting a bike with drop handlebars because I didn't want an aggressive riding position, and this seemed to have a great angle for me. That said, I worried about the fact that the bike is aluminum--the roads here are bad, and I've been riding steel forever, and I am concerned about vibration. That said, I don't know if this is a real problem, or one I've picked up reading other people's posts. The other issue is that the price, around $1700, seems high for the components, which are mostly 105. I think the bike weighs in at just under 20 lb. So I started looking around and came across the Terry Isis Sport, which has a steel frame with a carbon fork, mostly Ultegra components (also a triple, but a better one for hill climbing), and weighs just under 18 lb. For some reason, it has 650 wheels. It's about $500 more than the Trek. The questions for me come down to steel v. aluminum, ultegra v. 105, 650 v. 700, and fit. I can't figure out from the geometry how closely the Terry approximates the Trek, and no one around here has one to try. Advice???
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