Monday, February 2, 2009

New Steed

Well, the team bike is here. I was lucky enough that my size (56) was one of the first to come in. A quick review:
First off, I love the color scheme. It was chosen by the owner of our main sponsor (Incycle Bike shops) Dominic Galenti. Since my last bike was black it was definitely a huge change, but I think it looks awesome. These are the specs:

Frame: Cannondale Super Six
Cranks: Cannondale hollowgram SI
Drivetrain: Full Shimano DA 7900
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium Elite (my favorite wheel ever)
Bars/seatpost: FSA K-force carbon
Stem: FSA OS-115 alloy
Seat: Fizik Arione CX
Pedals: DA 7810
Computer: Garmin Edge 305

First ride, and the first thing that came to mind was "different." I really thought my System Six would have felt the same but it doesn't. It's very hard to describe actually. At first I thought it was sluggish and heavy, but that doesn't make sense because it's super stiff and lighter than my other ride. What I thought was "less snappy" was actually just a smoother ride. It's definitely not flexy, sprinting up a hill during a training ride and the back wheel slid back and forth a couple of times. So whatever you put into the pedals goes straight to the road that's for sure.

DA 7900:
Very different from 7800. A little less travel, but more of a positive shift, similar to sram/campy...You really know you shifted from the feel of the shifter, but you don't even notice it on the bike. The drivetrain moves through the cogs and chainrings smooth as butter. Two things I will have to get used to is the size of the hoods and the lack of cables in the front. I feel like I am going to fall through the bars, it just looks so empty there now. The hoods are much smaller and feel like older campy hoods with ergonomics. All in all, I am very pleased. BTW, just a tidbit I called Shimano and the 7800 DA cogsets are compatible with the 7900 groupset, so at least I don't have to buy an extra set for my racing wheels.

Now the question is, how many wins will the bike bring me this year? We shall see.....

Some pics: