Not so much a report as a general impression. Granted I only have one long ride on her so it is hard to form a solid opinion as of yet. She doesn't climb like a monkey on crack or descend like a wailing banshee. What she does do well is...everything. Stiff, very quiet and excellent suspension are some of the first things I noticed. I've never ridden carbon wheels before and I can't say that they really stood out. Maybe I just had sensory overload with all the other great things going on.
Me, 195lbs. Nekkid. Recreational rider and racer. I like longer rides. The bike, 2013, 23lbs (dead on). Tubeless and foam grips are the only changes to stock.
At first glance I thought the long stem (110mm) was going to drive me nuts. It didn't. I did think about it several times but mostly just to notice that it helped keep the front end down. Between that and the longish stays, it does climb with a planted feel.
I changed the tires to tubeless immediately upon building the bike. I weighed the wheels prior to the change and lost 4oz off the back and 3 off the front. The wheels come with a Stans like tape and also DT Swiss rubber rim strips. I used the tape and supplied valves and added 1 1/2oz of Stans. They sealed up right away although the rims lacked that satisfying SNAP when the tires seated. Throughout the first ride, the rear tire leaked a bit around the rim. I'll have to keep watching this although I didn't even give it 24 hours before riding it.
I swapped out the supplied lock on grips with some ESI chunky grips. I added a carbon bottle cage and my Xpedo ti/ti pedals. Brought the total weight down from 23.45lbs to 23 even.
I LOVE the RockShox on this bike, front and rear. The SID RCT is still dual air (awesome, as I was worried I'd get one of the new solo airs for people who don't know how to set up their suspension). Easy to get set up immediately and I also like that it has 3 compression settings at the top of the right leg. Min/Mid/Max. Each setting is very unique in feel and was easy to reach and use. I found myself flipping through them pretty often. I only used the Max on a road climb and it wasn't quite a full lock out although it was close. The Monarch RT3 had the same settings and was just as easy to use and also made big changes through the settings. The Maestro rear end doesn't require much compression damping and I found myself leaving it in the Min setting for most of the ride. The Max setting was also not a complete lock out on the back end. Oh, I did noticed some of the Redrum fluid up around the stanchion on the left leg but I figure that it is just the fork breaking in. I'll keep and eye on it.
Really looking forward to some more miles on this bike. Enjoy the pics!
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