@Rumsas: Since you think that something needs to be done with the stem and bars, have you and idea as to what it is that you think needs be changed? How is the reach to the tops of the bars by the stem for when you're just cruising, or climbing? Good? Just asking to make sure you've got the stem length right. Next, what do you not like about the bars? Have to say, I do not like the looks of those bars, but thought you must, so that's ok. I much prefer the look and feel of a classic shape. What about the Deda Newton Deep drop. They have a very long reach however at 95mm. I guess it depends on what you think needs changing. I used to run some Deda Deeps with a 120 stem. Now I use a medium drop bar but shorter reach bars and I like it much more. I really don't like shallow drop bars at all, and think they look really awkward on larger frames especially, like my friends huge fat cat that has an abnormally small head. It's psychotic too, but that's another story.
But the whole package looks great and I'm sure it rides nice, and even better once you get it set up just right for you. I think I prefer a classic set of wheels on this frame, but again, I'm sure you can do that if you feel like it down the road. Like changing shoes.
Fat cat/small head, thats funny
Reach is to short, and everything about it just feels wrong.
My biggest problems with bars and stems thou, is that i am very very picky, and almost overcritical about looks
Especially when it's for a thin tubed frame, like the c40. I hate if the stem tube is thicker than the tubes of the frame.
Thats why i think Oval stem is the best for a c40, both the angle and the thickness is perfect imo. But they are a little hard to find, and the r701 classic bars have been impossible to get.
Simply because i made a bargain on the Oval carbon stem and bar, i had to try it out. I also hate the bar shape, but i like that it is carbon (my first one in carbon)...
But it has to come of.
I know what you mean about the shallows and the cat (is that the Deda newton shallow, or the new kind of shallow by the way???). I am a classic bar man to, and have been very happy with Deda shallows on many bikes, and maybe i will try it on this one to.
So the 2 biggest issues are: stem to short, bars to ugly...
So back to the workshop now.