I learned a lot today, some of which might interest some of you guys.
First we stopped by 185 and while they didnt have much as far as what I was looking for, I got some good fit help.
They have an adjustable fitting frame on the second floor and I found out that a 54 seat tube and 55 top tube fits pretty nice. I also learned that if I got a 56 I'd pretty much have to slam it down to the top tube.
Good thing I didnt order that Masi 56 I was thinking about.
One bike that, despite not at all being what I'm looking for, interested me was a 2009 Cannondale Six Carbon 5 (105 w/ Ultegra rear), 54cm size. I sat on it and pedalled for awhile and it was pretty comfortable. It was also only 40,000 which doesnt seem bad for a 'dale in Taiwan. They also had a 52. They have 4 or 5 Cannondale road bikes going for 50% off if anyone is interested.
Then I stopped into Famous Bikes to pursue the Speedone T-25 further. Looks like its a 3 month wait if I want that one. I also found out that because of the brakes, the max tire size tire I can put on it is 28c, pretty much like any racing bike. Kinda weird for a touring bike but I think 28c is wide enough for most situations...I'm going to decide whether or not to order one this week.
I also learned that Speedone is willing to customize the CX-8. They can put rack eyelets on the seatstays, you can change the gruppo and there are actually two models (one with steel fork and disc brakes, one with cantis and carbon fork). But alas, being made of Reynolds 853, it would still cost me 47,000 with Apex so I think it's just too far out of my budget. The T-25 is pushing it bad enough. Still, I thought I'd pass on the info in case any of you guys fancied one.
And finally, I stopped by a Giant Dealer and sat on a 2012 Defy 1. Strangely enough, the 50cm size M seemed to fit quite nicely. However, looks like there are no more 2011's (the ones with the rack eyelets) in size M.
So I think for now its down to the Speedone T-25 or Louis Garneau LGS-CT (unless I want to buy something without rack eyelets).