I had no idea. Yep, that's all I can say after a crazy day spent at 2 different bike shops looking for that perfect deal. Finally after doing some serious searching online, checking all the facts, I think I have my decision. Of course this is all subject to a few test rides and a few other things.
I decided on the Trek 1.2 triple gear model. It seems to offer the best bang for the buck and has some top end components at a very reasonable price. So, here's to me getting lucky enough to have this sooner than later!