Wanting to upgrade from my old Trek 1000
Requirements are Carbon, at least Shimano 105, Disc brakes and ideally 28mm tyres - sportive/ endurance type.
Having gone around the bike shops locally (I want to try and buy local) its been pretty hard to go beyond a Giant Defy Advanced 2 which I could get for about £1560.
Specialised Tarmac and Focus Izalco are a good few hundred more for the same spec (£1850 and 1950 respectively). Cannondale Carbon will be dearer again.
Looked at Canyon which is a bit dearer than the Giant from LBS, have considered Ribble and Planet X which for circa £1200-300 I could get the same spec as Giant.
The only other bike which has really turned my head has been a Orbea Avant M30 which is specced how I want for £1699 which isn't a bad price from another Lbs. I quite like the idea of it for the slight rarity value over the Giant.
But all things considered (Giant's warranty) is there a good reason not to get a Giant over all these others, can't think of one apart from don't think will ever fall in love with a Defy 2 but Avant M30 may feel a bit more love!