Thanks for all replies!
@ Calnago: a few question and an answer...
- Why did you choose the Emonda and not a S-Works Tarmac, Cannondale SuperSix Evo, Colnago V1-r or clx, BMC roadmachine, Trek Domane, Canyon Ultimate, Cervelo, etc...?
- Are you using your C60 in the rainy days in the summer or your Trek Emonda?
I live in Maple Ridge, BC and I ride indeed in the Fraser Valley/ 0 Ave. for short/ middle rides and for longer ride so far I rode up to Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Chiliwack, Abbotsford, etc.... With the group ride in the winter we mostly ride 4-5 hours ride in the Faser Valley/ 0. Ave. Let's see what I will do this summer maybe starting from hope etc....and explore further East. Actually I feel a little bit "squizzed" over here between the Vancouver, the ocean, USA and the mountain where there are not so many roads like in Europe but I will surely find a way
I actually looked at the Tarmac, but there simply wasn't enough clearance for 25mm tires and full fenders. This was in 2014. Maybe that's changed now. But the biggest reason was that the geometry of the Emonda in a 60 pretty much shares the geometry of my Colnago 61 to a T... Effective top tube was 586mm on both bikes. Seat angle is the same. The difference was that the Emonda SL only comes in an H2 which is a bit high even for me. I could go a centimeter or so lower at the front for fit, and the H2 front end does look a bit monstrous. But the ride and handling of this bike is fantastic. And it's well thought out and designed... cable routing is very good and easily accessible. I've had zero issues with the BB90 Bottom bracket, but I think installation is always an important factor when it comes to that area.
Other bikes I tested out were the Domane (way too long and high; nice bike but not what I wanted handling wise). And the Giant Advanced Defy disc. This was a funny feeling bike to me because the front end was nice and stiff but the rear end was loosy goosy, creating what I felt like a real imbalance in the whole bike. I rode a Large I believe with a saddle height of 805mm, and clearly the skinny seatpost contributed to this feeling, as it is designed to do. But in contrast, the Domane with it's rear isospeed felt much firmer to me in the rear, and more in balance with the front.
Edit: I pretty much looked at all the options, including the other bikes you listed with the exception of the brands I just don't care about for my own reasons. In most of the those cases, the clearance issues were a factor for fenders. But geometry and how it would fit me also came into play. A Colnago V1-R was not even on the radar simply due to the under and behind the BB placement of the rear brake. That's a bad place for a brake under ideal cirumstances, and for a winter rain bike it is the absolute worst. Ugh.
In the summer, or winter for that matter, I will rarely use my fendered bike unless it's really pouring when I leave, and I just don't head out that much these days if it's pouring when I want to go. Was on my C60 on Sunday and got caught in a torrential downpour. Kinda cold too. But it's just water... it cleans up. As you also pointed out, it's important to rinse the drive train with water at the end of a ride like that so as to get most of the fine road grit off. I just stick the bike in a stand in my yard and spray it off with a hose.
Oh, and I think you're really exaggerating how rainy it really is, but maybe I'm just used to it. But I will give it to you this year as it has been awfully wet. But the summers... I don't think there's any better climate.
Good luck in your choice, whichever way you go.