looking to ride 100milers and race. Have narrowed my new bike to 3 different models. 2009 trek modone 5.1 , 2009 look 566, and 2008 bianchi 928. all with ultegras and are in the 3000 $ range. Not much of a gear or bike expert so any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated
have you ridden all of the bikes? bike fit is most important when picking a new ride. find yourself a shop that will allow you to test all of the bikes, preferably for at least an hour.
if all 3 bikes fit, then if it were me i would be thinking along these lines:
trek - lots of people have 'em. reasons for this are: armstrong rides one, value, warranty, dealer covereage, dealers whom i know say that their longevity is comparable with any brand in terms of build quality.
look - less common. this is because armstrong does not ride one. my personal pick of your 3.
bianchi - can only speak from peer group comments but would avoid due to some experience of poor build quality and warranty issues (they take for ever to sort out)
all of the above is subjective apart from the advice about fit. good luck.