I am with cparider, for $1,500 you can afford an all carbon one. I picked up the Giant OCR C2 for about the price you are looking at spending. But with that you can also pick up a Specialized, Trek, plus other full carbon ones. As Beercan said, stay with last year closeouts so you can get the most for your money. If you want to stay under the $1K limit, you should try to get one with at least a carbon fork. It helps a lot on road vibrations. Good luck.