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Old 01-03-13, 05:05 PM
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windmills of my mind

I've sold my 2009 Trek 2.1 and want to move up to a carbon bike with all Shimano 105 gearing. I like the 105 gruppo because it reminds me of the old Chevy flat-6 engine that I had in my first couple of cars -- nothing flashy, just a solid piece of equipment that runs forever with minimal maintenance.
The bike wish list I made up for myself reached about 10, including a Pinarello and a Cervelo, although those are difficult to come by here in Columbus, OH, and because of that were early scratches. The final list included the Trek 3.1, Cannondale SuperSix 5 and Cannondale Synapse carbon 5, Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact, Giant Defy Composite 1, Bianchi Sempre PRO and Infinito, and Felt Z5.
I've been able to test-ride a Cannondale SuperSix 5 and Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact. I liked the smoothness of the Specialized but felt as if the Cannondale could really zoom. I'd like to test a Bianchi Sempre PRO before I make up my mind, and maybe a Specialized Tarmac.
I'm not troubled by the slightly more aggressive position required by the performance bike, but I'm also fairly new to road bikes and might be overlooking something.
My primary question is this: Is there adequate difference between the overall brands of Cannondale, Specialized and Bianchi that would factor into a decision about their particular bikes?
But I'd also like answered: Have I considered enough bikes? When I buy a car, I generally test-drive at least four before making a decision.
And if there's any other response that you think pertains, feel free to weigh in.
Thanks.
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So, I've settled on -- and purchased -- a 2009 Bianchi 928 B4P with Shimano 105's all around, Mavic Aksium wheels and Continental tires. The LBS had picked up a bunch of 2009s from the regional distributor -- all brand-new -- and was selling them at nearly half off the MSRP. I had test-ridden a 2009 C2C equipped otherwise the same just before, and it felt like riding on a sofa -- no road feel at all, I thought. The B4P gave me a much better sense of where I was, but it wasn't quite as twitchy as the Cannondale SuperSix 5 that I'd ridden a few weeks before.
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