Yeah, its about time I know.. Actually its been done for a while, I just haven't had a chance to get some pics, so here's a few shots taken last Sat in Antelope Island State Park, Utah. I threw in one shot taken at home as well.
Serotta Concours OS, 58 cm, cobalt blue/brushed ti - The finish is flawless. It's hard to tell in the pix, but the paint has a very deep, wet look to it.
Campy Chorus 10 except for DA10 brakes and pedals. This is my first campy bike. It sure was weird getting used to the different shifting after years using Shimano. I keep hearing that Campy needs to wear in for a while - these seem to shift quite smoothly out of the box. If it gets better than this, great! I like the hoods- I loose one hand position (fingers cupped around the pointy nub on the Shimano hood) but overall they feel a little more solid IMO, especially while climbing out of the saddle. I love that I can shift all the way from the biggest sprocket down to the smallest with one swipe of the thumb.
The fr der is 2003 Record
DT Swiss RR1.1 rims, 28 front, 32 rear, Speedcific hubs built by Mike Garcia. So far I am very happy with these wheels - they seem stiff enough and are definitely smoother than the Bontrager Race x-lites on my other bike. They are about 1540 grams - pretty good for $380 wheels.
De-badged Oval concepts stem and post - I really like the looks of these.
Kestrel EMS Pro bar
Fizik bar tape - the jury's still out on the blue, I may go with silver tape and silver tires..I think I have a little too much blue going on here, itís starting to grow on me though.
Conti GP 4000 tires
-I'm not sure I like the look of the Tacx cages on this bike - may go with something different, we'll see..
The Ride: It rides great! I'm not sure how much should be attributed to the wheels, etc versus the frame, though I suspect the 42 cm chainstays (versus 41 on my Klein) help a little. I'm sure the ti versus aluminum thing comes into play somewhere as well. I was pleasantly surprised that this bike seems slightly stiffer in the bb than my Klein, with its very oversized aluminum tubes. It is "quieter" on the road - seems a little "silkier" on chip-seal and just feels a little more solid (again, I won't attempt to attribute this to any one component, but the package as a whole feels wonderful). I love the way this bike handles -it descends perfectly - very stable and carves nicely. In contrast My Klein is twitchier - more of a crit bike so the Concours is a nice complement. If I get a chance, I'll post a pic of my Klein - you'll see why I went with blue this time. The Klein is an awesome, very loud, blood red orange.
The best thing about getting another bike is that I can appreciate the qualities of both, and neither will play second fiddle to the other, though the Klein will most definitely get cruddy weather duties.
Thanks to Chris Tolsma at Bingham Cyclery in Salt Lake City - great fit, great service, great bike!
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