I'm in the process of building up another bike to replace my aging race bike. I narrowed it down to either the Jamis Xenith SL or a Merckx EMX-5. Both will be built with a Campy Record/Super Record mix with Deda components.

I haven't ridden either one, since finding a dealer that has on the floor a bike of this caliber and in my size is nearly impossible. So Does anybody have any ideas on what they think might be a better serious training/racing bike. I'll be doing mostly crits with some long 50+ mile races thrown in the mix.

The only thing that I see as a slight problem is that the Jamis is only available as a complete build. I really dont like Sram road groups and would rather not spend the extra $$$ to get a group I'll just toss in the trash or give away.

Thanks
Jim