I'm looking for a new bike for approx. £1000 with the intention to, by the end of the year, get into road racing.
I've had a Trek 1.5 (Tiagra groupset, alu frame) for about 7 years now and it's been great but it's a bit long in the tooth and having had a quick blast on some other bikes it's decidedly not very fast (even with fulcrum wheel upgrade, better tyres etc..) It's time for something new (also need to use the trek as a winter bike..)
I've been keen on getting a b'twin bike - namely the 720 AF, this is top of my list (ultegra groupset, decent 'race' geometry alu frame, good mavic wheelset).. however I'd like to see if there are any other bikes with a 105 groupset or above with a race geometry at the £1k-ish (or below!) mark.. but I don't even know where to look. I've found Wiggle's Eastway Emitter's OK but they don't get nearly as good writeup as the b'twin.
I'd like to avoid something with disc brakes as I'm guessing these won't be allowed in road races (and probably boost the price up a bit).
So far I've looked on chain reaction cycles, wiggle and evans cycles.. are there some other good places to look?
Really I'm just looking for ideas, good places to shop etc. My first bike I got I just went to the bike shop and asked 'what's good?' This time it's gotta be as good as it can get for the money..