Although the 50/34 Compact Crank has not come in yet, I wanted to get in a good ride on the 5900 to see I had any positioning issues that might need to be addressed. Since the gears weren't set up for riding in the mountains, I opted to do a ride from the house.
I left just before sunrise and did the Morrow Mountain State Park ride. There is a good bit of climbing between my house and the park plus there is a 3 mile climb in the park. After giving it a good workout, I'm even happier that I came across this bike. This is a sweet little bike and just wants to climb and climb. It was nice being able to climb hills in a gear or two harder than I've been accustomed to.
I'm really happy with how the bike has been set up in terms of reach, saddle height, etc. The true tests are if there are any aches and pains and the good news is I don't feel like I've ridden for 5+ hours today. The only adjustment I want to make is to move the shifters down about 1/2 a cm so I can shift a little easier in the drops plus it will add just a touch more reach.
The saddle is quite firm and might be better on 60 mile rides and below. If I need to, I can replace the saddle with something a little more 50+ ish.
The Dura Ace equipment is such a really nice add as well. It just spins along as well as shifts so smoothly. The brakes.......a-h-h-h-h........I was able to descend and enter a hairpin turn much faster but also get slowed down because the Dura Ace brakes were so much more responsive.
Today's ride was 101 miles in 5 hrs 54 mins riding time on what turned out to be a really warm day (85 degrees). I think if there any issues with anything with the bike it would have jumped out at me on a ride that long.
This was my 6th 100 mile century this year to go along with 6 other metric centuries. Heck, at this pace I could be at my 6000 mile goal for the year by October! If that happens maybe it will be time to take a few months off..........Right!