wow that's really nice any more comments on how it rides?
Took it on the first River Loop this morning. Have now got it fitted and tuned how I like it, with the exception of a dropped chain this morning. Rotated the bars up a little from what is shown in the photos. Fit feels good now. Will keep the steerer tube uncut for a bit longer until I’m certain it’s right. Replaced the rubbish squealing brake pads that came with the wheels with a set of Swissstop Yellow Carbon specific pads. Braking is much quieter now and stopping is good. Still getting a little slip on the seat tube. It had been torqued to around 8nm with carbon paste and was not moving, till I adjusted it manually out on the road without my torque wrench, now it has dropped. There’s no nominated torque setting for the seat tube clamp, so I’m trying to be careful.
As for the ride, it feels more comfortable than my CAAD10, but not significantly so. The sound of a carbon frame is very different to the CAAD10 alloy too. Sounds a bit plastic, but I’m told that’s normal. After the 40km or so this morning I feel fresh and not battered around. It’s much more nimble in short sharp climbing.
Haven’t done any big climbs as yet as. I prefer to do big climbs and big descents with the lighter alloy wheels I have. Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll go up Mt Gravatt for a climbing test with the alloys on. It’s a good 2kg lighter than the CAAD10 too, so that should help.
Certainly rolls quicker down-hill, but the biggest difference is on the flat at speed. With the 50mm carbon wheels and the aero frame, when I’m in the drops, I feel as if I’ve got power in reserve when travelling over 40km/h. Acceleration from say 30 to 40 feels much more effortless. Jumping out of the saddle above 50km/h yesterday felt good and if I wasn’t so sloppy on the gear changing I’d have broken 60km/hr with not too much trouble.
Pretty happy with the frame and wheels, and i think it goes without saying the Super Record drive train is superb.