M2s are fast and stiff without being harsh and uncomfortable. I've owned at least three and loved them all; Cannondales don't really do much for me
I must admit I am inclined towards the M2, as it was a dream bike BITD. I seem to remember it was about £1500 with a decent groupset, over 2k with top end componants. It looked like it could shift like hot snot, even when stood still!!!!
No matter how bad it gets... it could always be worse.
1996 Orange E3 - A601
1996 Orange P7 - A602
Repairs: All the various bikes of my 4 children and various nephews and sons of friends, etc. - Just give me the cape and call me "Bicycle Repair-Man"...