First time making a post like this, but I'm fired up. Just received my ZC frameset and it's a beaut. There's a couple of interesting differences though from both the website and the shop's 2010 catalogue:
It came with a 1.2 fork, not the 1.3 fork spec'd. The shop's info stated the 1.3 had an alloy steerer, so I was actually going to upgrade to the 1.2 to get a full carbon fork (which is how the 1.2 is described on the website). (Felt wouldn't do it, but the shop gave me a good price and I planned to ebay the original, unused) Fortunately, this frivolous decision was delayed a couple of days so the fork hadn't been shipped by the time the frameset arrived... with a 1.2 fork with carbon steerer. So I was very happy that the sales guy told me he'd gone ahead and saved me nearly $300 by canceling the fork on his own initiative.
The paint/graphics aren't the same as shown on the website or the shop's book. Not a huge difference, but I just wonder why both the website and the printed material at the shop were wrong (about that and the fork). It's a bare matte carbon look with just silver/gray printing and some white parts too. But the overall look is bare carbon. I'm on the fence about this - it's nice and the current trend, but I would have opted for a nice paint job, if there was an option. This isn't a disappointment - just another difference from the "official" specs.
For the Weight Weenies among us:
The frame with only the riveted/glued bosses, brackets, and other parts - and the water bottle cage bolts - weighs exactly what is claimed - 1093 grams (claimed 1095). This is very refreshing to have an accurate manufacturer's weight.
The fork is kind of a mystery though. Online, the aftermarket 1.2 fork is said to (a) be full carbon, even the dropouts and (b) weigh 320 grams. My 1.2 fork (a) has alum. dropouts and (b) uncut, with the compression plug (which I haven't figured out how to remove) and crown race, weighs 420 grams. I can't believe the expansion plug and crown race weigh 100 grams (probably more like 50), and a ~370 gram weight with aluminum dropouts would make sense if the full carbon one is 320. But again, I don't understand the discrepancy between the 1.2 specs and the actual 1.2 I received.
Again, this is NOT a disappointment to me because the fork is plenty light (I'm just a marginal weight weenie), and it's definitely an upgrade from what I was expecting. But it makes me wonder if there's a difference between the "1.2" fork supplied with framesets or complete bikes, and the "1.2" fork that you can buy aftermarket for $300?
Anyway, I'm going to try to get the bike built up before my weekend group ride and am Realllly looking forward riding it. Never owned a cabon fiber bike and have been wanting the "Z-type" geometry for a couple of years now..
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