Today was the trial ride of the new group on my Simoncini. The triple Veloce group was about 12 years old with about 15K miles on it, it still worked fine but I came into a little bike money, enough to pay for a 10 spd Chorus upgrade. I finished the build yesterday, adjusted the drive train as best as I could and took it for a spin. I really like the compact crank set with the 10spd cassett, I think it will be easy to stay in the 50 ring for most riding and drop to the 34 ring for the climbs. The pedal feel is really smooth. I don't have the gears adjusted quite right - I am getting a little skipping when in the 34/23,24,25 & climbing - but I think I'll get that out with a little more fiddling. I can't wait for next weekends century. I think I am a compact convert! I'll still keep the triple on the Tarmac because thats my climber and it needs the range only a 54/39/30 triple can give but for a long distance rider, the compact is a great alternative. Since the steel Simoncini is my distance bike - I am more than pleased
The Simoncini now sports a 50/34 crank & 25/11 Cassett. It now has a great top end and an adequate low end.