I'm new to the forum so I can't open a new thread yet, so here it goes. I'm currently in the market for an upgrade from my old steel frame Lemond. I ride 100-150 miles/wk. I am in the market to spend around $4000.
A LBS has a used (trek travel program) 2010 madone 6.9 with dura ace and bontrager xxx lite wheels. The frame has quite a few scratches, but no apparent structural damage. LBS has put on new DA cassette, chain, replaced cables, new brake pads, and tires. Price tag new was apparently $8000+, they want $4000. I'm a iffy because of the obvious wear on the bike, not sure on the mileage. The frame still comes with full trek warranty which is essential to me. Thoughts on that price?
My other option is a new bike with "lesser" components and wheels for about the same price. Most people don't seem to think dura ace is worth the $$ over ultegra. Trek has the Project one where you can build up a 6.5 with ultegra for around $4000-4500.
I'm open to other brands. Being in Wisconsin, Trek is most common and most smaller bike stores are pretty limited with in store selection.
The Focus line intrigues me, seems to be a nice priced bike with good components. Just looking for a nice ride, plan to do some centuries, but not race.
Any thoughts are appreciated!