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I've been looking into purchasing my first road bike, I would eventually like to transition into Triathlons with a background in swimming, I know after a season or two doing triathlons, I will move to a Tri specific bike but for now a good entry level road bike will suffice.
I have a few local shops around me that I have gone to and plan on buying from.
The first shop sells a lot of Cannondale, and I looked at the CAAD8..the employees were telling me that they normally recommend going up 2 levels on the components, and quoted me at $1100 for a CAAD8 with Tiagra components. It is a little on the very high side of my price range, so I was considering the CAAD8 with Sora parts...
Bike shop 2 showed me a FELT F85 they have, which has some 105 components, but has MicroShift front derailleur and shifters.. they want $1000 for it..
Do you guys think that the CAAD8 with Sora would keep me held over for a few seasons until I really decide which path I would like to go down? Or should I go with one of the others mentioned?