Answer to a few of your questions:
- my Mavic SLR wheels are clinchers, they are available in tubs R-Sys SLR only difference is carbon spokes. No rim tape required with clinchers.
- With winter coming into the UK, I'll leave deep sections till next summer. They are superb wheels, very responsive, an all rounder can be used for racing and other rides. Exalith rims are AMAZING!
- The tryes, are ok. I wouldn't say the are very durable, I punctured badly the first long ride, had to use a tyre boot to get me home 40 miles back, purchased another rear tyre . Done plenty of rides since (about 10) they grip well, haven't tested in the rain yet. I still prefer Vittoria or Hutchinson. Mavic are young in this game, I think they are heading into the right technology i.e - different tyre type for the front & rear.
- 58 with 565 TT
- haven't weighed yet, but its very light, like a feather. will report back.
- I had to put Campy on this bike, a Colnago just wouldn't look right with Sram or Shimano. Super Record so smoootttthhhhh!
- I went for traditional rather than sloping, I meet one Italian 2 years ago at the top of the Mortirolo, he said Italians would be disgusted if a top of range Colnago was sloping....I guess I listened to him!
- paint job, yes seen some C59's around but not my colour yet, happy.
The bike is the best I've ever had, a killer climber, a killer on decent. I need to get use to the lightness though.
Brought the bike from Maestros, Mike Perry here in UK. A long wait 4 months, but I don't care. Mike who use to manage teams in Belgium 80's, 90's with the likes of Levi Leipheimer, he is incredibly knowledgeable about Colnago's and has some incredible classics of his own.
I tested Dogma & Legend HTC before my choice, the overall balance of the C59 impressed me mostly. Just looks & feels so comfortable.