Weight seems a real problem with all steel bikes. The lightest I can afford, in the $1,200 range, weigh in right at 23 lbs for a 56cm frame. My CannondaleCaad8-6 weights right at 20.2lbs. 2. something lbs. might not matter much for riding in the flats, but it's huge where climbing is a constant factor, and most double chain ring guys are using granny gear most of the climbs, even the racers.
I like steel, use it on my mountain bike, but the road is another story. Cushy grip tape, standing up just off the seat, relaxed arms, more resilent wheels, and slightly lower pressures on my 700x23 tires sorta helps somewhat.