thanks for all the comments and helpful thoughts.
I think I am more prone to go for steel than carbon for a number of reasons and primarily because I can only afford one bike at the moment.
I think the CF will come later if I am able to get myself a second ride in the future.
Now I love the look of this Guerciotti, but I'm also looking at the Genesis Equilibrium, which a steel frame but with a compact geometry.
http://www.totalcycling.com/a-z/frames_ ... BRIUM.html
Looking at the specs I can see this one is Reynolds 725 and not Columbus Thorn.
it is also RED and therefore Faster.. isn't it?
Which one is better in respect to weight and comfortability?
Any experience anyone?