I am an all out mountain biker and I generally prefer off road trails. But lately I have been contemplating my decision as my buddy left town. Since I have no one to bike with on the trails(which is risky), I am planning to get a road bike and do some endurance rides before he gets back. I am currently using a Trek X-Cali 8 (with upgraded shocks) and I am planning to get a good beginner road bike. My initial budget is below 50K so that I get a hold of the pros and cons of a road bike before opting for an expensive model. My final goal is to get the Trek Domane 4.3. As you can see I am a Trek Freak. Anyway please let me know which bike to go for during my initial days. I am confused between Btwin Triban, Merida, Trek 1.1 or opt for a second hand Trek 1.5.