Fixing to Spend about $ 3,000 on a Bike

Its time to purchase a real speed machine and I’m looking at a budget of about $ 3,000.00 I’ve looked at the Treks, Specialized and the Giant. Anybody got some feedback as to what would be the best purchase ?

Oh and just incase people dont read trade magazines, there is a very good chance that bicycles will be going back up in price due to supply and demand issues from the emerging markets overseas taking up all the inventory.

I would love to hear some feedback as to what bike to get for my Cat 5 adventures next season.

Plochman