Found a local supplier that sells road bikes, alloy frames with carbon forks and 105 groupset for just over $700 AUD. Bike weight is a claimed 19.8lbs which doesn't sound that light to me. They also do a wheel upgrade for Mavic Aksium's for a couple of hundred bucks more.
Thought about getting a road bike as I'm currently using my hardtail and think I'd be quicker and enjoy the commute more on a road bike.
This company claims they have the cheapest road bike on Oz with a 105 groupset. Worth a punt? Price seems reasonable. Looks alright. Reckon it will do the job and perhaps open up my eyes to a bit of road cycling.
Also, is it a huge no-no to not want to wear lycra and own a road bike?