All I can say is I wish all of you could spin a few miles on one of these. First impression was it was well worth the wait and worth every penny.
Very, very nice ride. It's light but stiff and responsive. And there just might be something to the crooked forks....and possibly the carbon bars helped too but the ride was even smoother than my 5900.... which I always thought was very compliant. You could tell there were bumps and some rough roads but no jarring whatsoever. It feels just like I was hoping-a great performing bike that you can ride on all day without getting tired from the road buzz.
And of course it rained like heck for about an hour (the third ride in a row I've gotten drenched) so the Prince got nice and dirty on it's inaugural 40 miles-but it was so much fun I really didn't care.
After 3-4 miles I had to stop and lower the bars at least an inch. The way they were positioned it just didn't feel right...it felt like I was on a mountain bike setup. Dropping the bars immediately put me in a much better position-or at least one I was more accustomed to which is about a 4 inch difference in the saddle to the bars.
I've got Shimano shifting on the brain so badly it's going to take a few rides for the shifting on this Campy rig to be more instinctive. I have to think too much on what lever to shift. I've already got a little cable stretching so I had to stop and adjust the rear derailleur. I'm still not sure I've got it exactly right but will keep working on it. I really like the way front derailleur shifts. Lots of trim available as well. 11 speeds is way more than I need but it's pretty sweet with all the choices.
My bars slipped a little and don't have a torque wrench so I'll need to get that tightened a little. I really like the flat carbon bars-bet they'll be even better on some longer climbs. I especially like the Campy ergo Brifters......WOW what a comfortable thing they are. Just like the comfort of the frame, the comfort from the flat area where you place your hands should help the hands and arms from getting tired on the longer rides.
The setup may be just a touch too small but I figure I'll be shrinking over the years anyway!!
I still haven't figured out how to open the brake calipers......the button on the pivot point doesn't do anything as far as I can tell.
And of course I'll be color coordinated with my 50+ jersey.
I'm not any faster but I am catching lots of bugs in my teeth from the enormous grin that pops out while riding..........Maybe that's what's slowing me down!