A trip to the LBS left me drooling over the bikes they carry. First, they carry Orbea, which is something I really wanted back when I was looking for bikes. The problem was, the closest place they had anything in stock was in Florida, so not practical. And yet, a new bike shop opens this spring and what is their main line? Orbea.
Another new find was the Jamis line, shown here. After talking with the bike shop guy and reading and watching video reviews, I was very impressed with their bikes--and I know less than nothing about bikes. And they are MUCH more affordable than anything else out there right now. Carbon fiber and compact crank for less than $2500? Probably not happening anywhere else. Take a look if you are in the bike market right now. I personally feel that you don't have to always buy the most expensive or the most popular of anything, so this might be a good alternative if your dollars are tight (like mine!). I just might look into upgrading again next year.