Decided to go with the Cannondale Quick 3 after looking at and researching several models. I got the bike on sale and for the $$$ it just seemed to have the the most of what I was looking for. I initially gravitated towards the Cannondales because I was hoping to get a bike with Carbon Fiber in the front forks and the Quick 4 offered that at the best price. Unfortunately I couldn't stop there however and decided to try the step up, the Quick 3. I loved the ride and feel of the gears and decided then I needed to move up. I then proceeded test ride the Quick 4, Trek 7.5 FX, Jamis Allegro X2 and the Fuji Absolute 2.0 to make sure that I liked the feel of the Cannondale most. Love my choice so far but I'm admittedly new to riding so I'll see how it goes.