Ok, I'm taking some break time to give you my first feedback. I wanted to do it before, but I just couldn't. This job takes time out of my cycling... too bad.
First of all, excellent packaging, I know, I've been in the transportation business for over 20 years, and I know exactly how cargo is treated. There is a reason we never bring clients to container unloadings ;-)
So, it turned out as beautiful as expected and it only got prettier with the sunlight.
I took it to a real fitting, as after my first experience I half ruined my left knee.
Now, down to business. I'm not an expert as I've only ridden my cheap road bike before and a very very expensive Giant Defy, carbon everything, with Ultegra Di-2 on a rental day. And, it beat them both, hands down. So Fast. I love the tyres, although I'll probably take a little air out next time. So, fast, precise and light. I know carbon is lighter but the Giant didn't feel lighter than this one.
I wish I could ride it more this Sunday, but the city was full with security and blocks because of the new Panama Canal inauguration. So, I couldn't do the only cat4 climb in the city yet. Next Sunday I'll do either that or aim for my first 100km.
Just one more thing. If it wasn't for you, Dom and the dedication to the client, I wouldn't have gone thru the waiting period. I would have gone for the Cannondale Synapse which was my plan B. But I got into the whole concept the company and I wanted to have something special. I normally compromise to buy "stuff". So, thank you for the experience, the whole experience of including a client in the process, and not just saying "wait a bit longer, you'll get your bike".
Now, as you probably know by now, I'm over 40 but I have the capacity of asking questions of a 9 year old. Nobody else rides in the office, other than my fiancee, but, well, I can't keep talking to her about bikes for over 4 hours a day. And now she has the TDF coming. So I have to limit my exposure ;-)
So, is there a Mason riders forum? I can see we all share the ideal of open road, exploring and visiting places in two wheels. And also, I love the technical part of it. I read the blog of course.
I'll tweet some more pics eventually, I wasn't so inspired the other days, and I only put that one with the shape, because the bike is not "velominati" enough yet and the photos weren't good anyway. Pedals and bottle cages are on the way.
Just an update. Everything perfect. I got 2 long rides in, and the saddle is winning the battle, so my butt is adjusting. So, no issues there, or any other issues for the matter. I really enjoy sprinting and climbing. And now I discovered that I can descent much faster than I thought possible. The tyres, geometry and brakes make a tremendous difference. So if surface is smooth I really enjoy it.
You know, I can't believe pro climbers are not demanding disc breaks in races. Especially the ones that descend really well. But in general, all of them. I know grupettos normally push it in the descend as well. Anyway, discs will be back there. You can't stop progress for long.