'Proper' road bike - Advice requested please!
I currently have a Specialized Sirrus Comp that I love using for commuting but I keep seeing road bike users fly past me. I think it is time for me to upgrade to a proper road bike for the 15-20 mile commute into London (round trip), plus proper Sunday morning riding.
I have test ridden the following:
Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105
Specialized Secteur Comp
Specialized Roubaix Elite
Comparing the first two is like comparing apples with apples as they are both high end aluminium with 105 components whereas the Roubaix Elite is Carbon and therefore a different product.
I can get a deal from my LBS on the Synapse at £1,000, the Secteur at £1,050 and the Roubaix at £1,500.
The question is this: I couldn't really pick a winner between the Synapse and the Secteur, but the Roubaix did feel better quality. For my proposed use, am I better off spending the extra £500 on the Roubaix, or better off saving my money with one of the alloys? I have heard that one shouldn't get hung up on carbon, because it's not for everyone and requires annual checks?
If it helps, I don't want to have to upgrade again in a couple of years' time.
Thanks in advance for anyone's views!