A culmination of 4 months of waiting, spending large sums of money, seeking and buying parts from many different places, finding some parts wouldn't work and replacing them with other parts, many hours of assembly including putting things together backwards and learning to do new things.
It all came together last night and today we took the first the ride. I was expecting a lot from this bike and after a relatively short 30 mile ride I can say it delivered. The ride is smooth, vibration is almost not detectable. It feels like floating over the road while still being connected to it. It took me a while to get used to the quick steering and standing was squirrelly at first. But by the end of the ride standing felt more like a single bike and we were better in sync than before. Descending is great because there is no chatter or bouncing and I feel more confident at higher speeds.
I am really happy with the Campy ergo shifters mated to a Shimano drive train.
The 50/39/28 and 28-11 gearing is just right.
Some comments from my stoker during the ride:
It feels fast, it's so smooth, how come there is no shock post? Ok we can keep it.
If it was not for this forum, I probably would have never got the idea and/or gone ahead with this endeavor. I got a lot of great information on components and help with assembly issues, so thanks!
Final weight is 28.5 lbs.
Can't wait to get this bike on the road again.
Here are some pics: