Well it took long enough, 1 week since I bought the new CAAD 10 but I finally got that first ride today. I installed a Specialized cycle computer and bottle cages when I got home from work and a trip to my LBS. It weighs 18.5 lbs with pedals and nothing else added on it.
The bike: It is the light blue and orange "Ford GT-40" Gulf Racing, LeMans livery. it rides so smooth compared to my R500 and I liked that frame a lot. The carbon fork and the SAVE frame technology do make a difference in how the bumps are absorbed as do the Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels (20 spokes, radial lace front, and 24 spoke, radial on the non-drive side and cross 2 on the drive side.) I never ride wheels like this and these are Fulcrum's entry level alloy rim. I deliberately took the roughest route and path I could. Wow!
The SRAM Rival shifted very well, a slight hesitation on the FD going up to the big ring but, I'll let the LBS take care of adjustments for now. I need to adjust to the SRAM brifter's tap system but it seems fine once I made a few shifts. Time will help here. I could tell immediately I needed to flip the stem up as my R500's stem was (done when I got home). Reach and bar width are spot on for my body's build. The Prologo saddle was actually fairly comfortable but, it isn't my B-17 or a Professional Brooks, still I am going to leave it on for now, seems to work fine for my butt. Brakes were as good as the 105 I had on the R500, cannot complain here.
I really think I got the bicycle i needed and wanted. Thanks to the LBS, Cyclesports of Pensacola, for taking all the time to choose and properly fit the CAAD 10 to me and for a sweet price I literally could not refuse. I didn't find anything other than the hesitation going up on the FD. Thanks for bearing with me while I waited to ride my baby.