I'm a new member here looking for some proper rider opinions for new bike choices. I'd appreciate feedback from a wide variety of riders on bikes within my budget because no amount of bike site reviews and manufacturer promo material can match real peoples experience.
I ride a lot with groups at weekends (avg 40-60 miles) and a decent number of sportivs during the summer (usually 60-100 miles) over anything from flat to good climbing terrain. I also throw in the odd endurance event like the Mcr-to-London 250 in 24 a couple of weeks ago [which is a great ride if anyone fancies a challenge].
So - i'm looking for a new bike within £2,500 budget.
General spec is pretty obvious - Full Carbon Frame/Forks, Ultegra Groupset. I've looked at the obvious like Trek 4.7, Specialized Tarmac Comp and a number of similar along with a few smaller names like Planet-X N2A and Starley (very local to me).
Any advice, recommendations, horror stories would be appreciated!
Many thanks in advance & sorry for the long post!