Just an update on the new bike. Since I got it in February, I've been able to ride at least once a week. Short rides feel absolutely great. The bike is really comfortable. Since I don't do a lot of longer rides I can't really attribute any soreness to the bike itself. That's probably just my conditioning. It's had its first "break in" maintenance and everything checked out great.
Definitely worth the purchase.
My 1997 LeMonde is looking for a new home if anyone is interested. :)