Does your next bike have to be carbon?
Just thinking that something like a Tommasini Fire or a Condor Super Accaio could be custom built to your requirements and probably within, if not below your budget based upon the frames you've listed. The Tommasini retails at around £1500 including fork and is available with custom geometry at not extra cost, and the Super Accaio is £1300 for a stock frame and an additional £150 for custom geometry.
I've just bought a Super Accaio and am very impressed with the build quality. I haven't ridden it on the road but it feels stiffer than the Giant TCR Advanced it replaced whilst on the rollers.
The Super Accaio was developed to provide all of the features that you'd expect on a race frame, ie tapered head tube and steerer, full carbon fork as well as an oversized BB for stiffness, but with the compliance that steel provides.
Food for thought perhaps?
Thanks for the suggestion, but I rather stick to carbon. As a 'climber' I actually wanted to achieve a lighter set-up than my current. With steel I would likely achieve the opposite.
yeah, and you never know what the ride quality (vertical compliance) will be like
just had a look at trek's domane (the standard version) - tall and short, that's what you need
Yep, Domane in 54 could work: 542 TT, 160 HT, 575 Stack 374 Reach. Maybe size 56 will also work. Reviews indicate that it handles / corners quite well.
Also wondering whether anyone has experience with the Giant Defy Advanced SL ISP? In size M: 545 TT, 165 HT, 570 stack and 375 reach. Based on this review - http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/bikes/road/product/review-giant-defy-advanced-2-13-47086/
- it should be a good bike.
If you would have to make a list of which type of bike is the better 'racer
' of the endurance bikes available, what would be your number 1, 2, etc.? Please consider the Giant Defy, Roubaix SL4, Cannondale Synapse, Trek Domane, Time Fluidity S, or other endurance model.