Well, I didn’t expect this…. After losing Speedy in March (not gonna lie – I’m getting Craigslist alerts from six cities every day – with no luck) I received enough insurance reimbursement to fully cover SpeedyToo. Because of timing, I bought SpeedyToo the same week Speedy was taken from me so I would have a bike in time for racing Mason Lake 3. I raced that weekend with a rather high stem set up in complete Fred fashion. I just needed a yellow Shower’s Pass Jacket to complete the look. Why am I the only one without warmers? Wimps…HTFU.
I now have about 1,400 miles on SpeedyToo – and a few hundred miles since an early ownership upgrade. Right out of the gate upgrades included hand built wheels – HED rims, Powertap rear and DT Swiss front hubs that have been flawless. Love the wide rims with fatty 25’s that almost feel like 28s. Excellent feel in corners and comfortable.
The most recent upgrade was a swap of the Ultegra brakes, front derailleur, crank, and brifters for mechanical Dura-Ace. I looked at upgrading to Di2 Ultegra, but decided against it for no real rational reason – just figured I’d forget about the battery charging at some point. The other change I made was a concession to aging joints and knees with an Ultegra mid-cage rear derailleur to allow for a 11-32 cassette that looks like a giant pie plate.
I am falling for this bike – the guilt of cheating on Speedy is fading. It’s not made-in-USA like Speedy was, but I find the ride quality almost entirely the same as the Madone. It feels light but stiff but comfortable all at the same time. Holds tight on corners – I was easily inside on everyone on the final downhill at OVRR. And, I really really like the new brifters and brakes. The Dura-Ace is more crisp on shifting and the modulation is noticeably smoother through the brakes. That’s the snobbish part. But, honestly, I haven’t felt any difference from the crankset – but it is rather nice looking so I guess that’s snobbish too. Yes, the saddle is probably the heaviest part of the bike, but it fits my a$$ – so stop snickering Mr. guy-at-the-bike-store. Gotta call out Nick @Veloce Velo for making the custom number holder – top flight service from that shop every single time.