100mi later and all is good. Two thumbs up to my bike store! I'm ready for LOTOJA
* Alligator I-Links: Surprisingly, these are taking some time to get used to. It feels like I've traded modulation for increased braking power. That said, I really don't think my SRAM Red brakes are any more powerful. In other words, the brakes just engage more quickly with a significantly firmer brake lever feel. There's nothing squishy about them. One of my riding partners said it sounds like I'm describing a hydraulic mtn bike brake. => The jury is still out on these, but I think they'll be fine once I adjust mentally.
* Lizard Skins DSP Race Tape: I find the thinner tape not as sticky and not as comfortable. It's as sticky or more so than Fizik Microtex, but not nearly as much as the standard fare DSP tape. Also, being thinner (1.8mm vs 2.5mm), the Race tape doesn't offer the same level of padding. It was noticeable. If and when I replace tape, I'm going back to the thicker Race Tape and only sacrificing 1-3g in doing so. I'll offset it with some trick carbon bar plugs or something like that! => DSP Race Tape is fine, but DSP Tape is better.
* SRAM Red cassette: What's all the fuss with the noise they make?! I was pretty nervous beforehand, but am delighted to say cassette-related noise wasn't an issue at all. Every once and awhile, I could hear a unique hollow sound on shifts. Otherwise, I wouldn't have known it was there at all. I'm running a new KMC X10SL chain, which some WW members have said runs quieter. => SRAM Red cassette is a big winner.
* Tune / BTP shifter clamps, Schmolke bar and cables (Alligator brakes and Yokozuna shift): Good to go functionally, but the bar has too much reach for me and am going back to my Kestrel. There goes a healthy 19g savings, which I'll have to address! Bummer. [Bar sold - thanks!] => Bar fit not withstanding, it all worked fine together.