Yep, blue is faster. My son has coveted my Jamis Eclipse (853 steel & carbon version) for over a year now. So, we found a Jamis Eclipse frame for him the same year and same size. We built it up using exactly the same components as mine.... from inner tubes to cables, everything on these two bikes is the same. The only difference is that mine is gray/silver and his is blue. Yet, when riding the two bikes, one right after the other, it's clear that his rides a bit faster. We both agree on this. In trying to figure out why this is the case we swapped wheels thinking maybe the bearings in set one were running a bit easier. Nope, the blue one is still faster. So, we swapped cranks and bottom brackets.... same thing. The blue one is faster. We even took turns coasting down a hill timing each run, and the blue one keeps coming out as faster. I can't figure out any logical reason for this. So, I'm simply gonna go with, "blue is faster." I guess I'm easily amused, but I do find this amusing.