First ride was ~70km, but the fit wasn't perfect yet. In particular my cleats needed to move backward a bit. I think my impressions won't be entirely accurate until I take another ride, but here are my initial thoughts:
- Compared to the FM-102, there is much less vibration dampening
- Entire bike feels less solid as a "platform"
- Requires lighter touch in handling
- Felt less responsive to accelerations/sprint
So, as of today, the FM-102 wins for vibration dampening, responsiveness, weight, and overall ride quality...
I just got done registering on this forum. That is one impressive build for a budget. I'm curious, did you decide to go stealth after deciding on the Enve fork? I myself had an extra Pro Stealth EVO seatpost and Cinelli Ram Ltd. full carbon saddle. So I went searching for a frame that looked good with those components. My buildup is almost complete. Just waiting on my Tune MAG170 rear hub and still have to buy brakes(TRP970sl). I'm looking at 6 K-grams(13.25lbs) for a final weight. I compromised a lot in weight savings to ensure a durable bike build that looks nice. At first I was going to do a total weight weenie build with this frame that theoretically would be at 5.78 K-grams(12.75lbs.) with Dura Ace clinchers, but even though I would like to have a build below the 'teens', I decided on a bike I would be comfortable on and would look great, plus there would be a good chance it would still weigh 13+ lbs. I wish I could've done my buildup with your budget plan!
I've had my Pro-Lite Bella frame since November, 2013. I temporarily built it up with my 105 drivetrain & Ultegra shifters I robbed from my other bike. I put 600 kilometers on it between Dec. 24 thru Dec. 31. I wanted to get an idea how much I wanted to invest in this frame. It was perfect. Not near as twitchy as my Cinelli Xperience, but very responsive in a good way. No issue with crosswinds unlike my other bike. Your frame & my frame have the same geometry and weight even though mine has carbon seat stays. I have no issues like the ones you stated above. I used a Shimano Pro carbon fork with a 45mm rake. I think the Enve 1.0 fork has a rake of 43mm. That might have something to do with the handling. Pro-Lite website uses 45mm fork rakes on their Cuneo framesets, which again has the same geometry as mine. Components and fit might make the difference in acceleration response, vibration dampening, and how solid the frame seems. I agree with you on the Speedplay pedals. They're not a solid platform for your feet. Having said that, I do like them for clicking out. The Shimanos even on the lowest tension are a bit of a pain. Plus, for me clipping in is easier also. But to each his own.
Here is a picture in mid-December last year of my temporary partial bike buildup: