Help choosing new bike - Felt FR, Focus Paralane, BMC Roadmachine 02, Cannondale Sup
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    Help choosing new bike - Felt FR, Focus Paralane, BMC Roadmachine 02, Cannondale Sup

    Iím turning 40 this year and want to replace my current 2007 Look 595 (XXL). Iíve come to realize that the 595 is either slightly undersized for me or the wrong geometry (I'm 6'4"). I have an 84cm saddle height and several cm of saddle-to-bar drop, but I still need to run 30mm of spacers under the stem.

    Separately, Iíd like a new bike with the newest technologies. In particular, I want disc brakes for the improved modulation and because they eliminate clearance issues for bigger tires. I also would like Di2 for improved shifting.

    Usage will be general riding, group rides, grand fondos and the occasional hill climb race and road bike time trial. I will not be doing any crits or stage races.

    Having studied geometries, Iíve narrowed it down to a list composed of some traditional race and endurance models. Iíd appreciate peoplesí thoughts and feedback on the bikes I listed below. Also, Iíd like to know if people think that the endurance models will be slower than the race bikes (I donít think so given that my body position should be identical. So hereís the list:

    Felt FR Ė Size 61
    Pros: Good geometry; price is in my sweet spot; available as a frameset
    Cons: Geo would require 5-10mm of spacers; very limited reviews, so some uncertainty as to ride/handling qualities.

    Focus Paralane Ė Size XXL
    Pros: Perfect geometry; Can take tires up to 35mm; Ultegra mechanical model reasonably priced, allowing me to refit exactly what I want within my budget
    Cons: Would require me to retrofit Udi2 parts to replace mechanical; limited availability

    BMC Roadmachine 02 Ultegra Ė Size 61
    Pros: Geometry can work; Positive reviews
    Cons: Talk of slipping proprietary seatpost; Geo works with taller headset cap, which I think isnít aesthetically pleasing; Pricey Ė at the top of my budget.

    Cannondale Supersix HiMod Ė Size 63
    Pros: Perfect geometry; Iíve ridden a rim-brake version and liked ride/handling
    Cons: I donít like the factory builds and framesets appear to be difficult to find; QR versus thru-axle in rear; Pricey Ė near the top of my budget

    Trek Domane SLR Ė Size 62
    Pros: Positive reviews; Readily available
    Cons: Geo is very short and tall Ė Iíd have to run a -17 stem; Pricey Ė near the top of my budget

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    The BMC RM02 does not have the same slipping seatpost problem the RM01 had. And for what it's worth, mine hasn't slipped in the last 400 miles, so I consider that a non-issue at this point.

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