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albertg said:
Thanks all for the replies and feedback. get answers to questions below regarding the 2010 and 2011 models:

It sounds like you are recommending the 2011 model. Is the new 105 groupset on the 2011Trek 2.1 a considerable improvement over the 105 groupset on the 2010?? The cassette range is a little different...12-27 on the 2010, and 11-28 on the 2011 model....also, I'm getting the 'compact' 50/34 double crank. Lastly, any disadvantage to internal cable routing on the bars on the 2011 model??

I looked at Cannondale, Scott, Specialized and Scattante. I'm know I could hunt down other brands as well and possibly put together a marginally better deal. However, I rode the Trek 2.1 on a trainer (it was raining out) and it felt good to me. My LBS deal is 1,199 for the 2010 or 2011 (H2) model Trek 2.1...the 2010 is in stock and they ordered the 2011, H2 at my request, so I could compare and choose either model for the same price. I called a few shops and tried to get the Trek at a lower price for cash, however 1,199 was the lowest any of the LBS would go in my area, cash or credit, for a 2.1 Trek. The CAD 9 was real nice but 2-3 C-notes more than the Trek 2.1. Of the bikes I've mentioned, the only better price was a Scattante with a few upgraded components, but I only saw that bike online and reviews were mixed. Interestingly, both the Trek and Scattante are made in Korea.

So right now the decision is between the 2010 and 2011 Treks. For my intended use (training and possibly non-compet. group rides), the Trek 2.1 seems like a decent value for the $$, and the 58cm frame fits me just fine....

Open to more advice... I'm getting back into road bikes after many years away...

Thanks again
As others have said, ride all of the bikes you've looked at. Pick the one that fits and feels the best. That being said, the Cannondale CAAD9 is considered one of the best aluminum frames out there. If you can wait, the CAAD10 will be out for 2011 and it will be lighter and most likely it will be better.

If you end up going with the Trek 2.1, based on what you've said, I would go for the 2011 if you can get it for the same price as the 2010 from your LBS. The new 105 components are lighter and have some improvements to the technology that have trickled down from the Ultegra line. You can Google the new "Shimano 105 5700 groupset" for the details. The 11-28 cassette will give you a wider range of gears than the 12-27. Internal cable routing will require a tad more maintenance, but seeing as how all pretty much all of the newest groupsets do this, it shouldn't be an issue.
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