First of all my apologizes for this late response. I have been very busy the last couple of weeks.
I decided to buy an Acorn Roll Bag seat bag to go with the Brooks saddle. Acorn does not sell or ship outside the US, but luckily Rob from English Cycles was kind enough to offer me to ship the bag to me, together with the frame and the fork. The only down side is that Acorn does not produce their next batch of Roll bags until the middle of February. Rob should have the fork/stem finished by then, so I should have all the parts to build the bike available at the end of February.
In the meantime I was not able resist to give the wheels a try, so I fitted my trusty Duell steel winter bike with cork brake pads, so I could use it with the DA Ghisallo wooden wheels. The first ride was at the Belgium Ardennes this weekend. The temperature was 1 degree above zero (Celsius), so not really comfortable in my opinion. That is why the ride did not last any longer than 15km. My first impression of the wheels:
SWEET! If you like stiff responsive wheels, then Ghisallo wooden rims are not what you are looking for. If you like ultra smooth and great looking wheels, then you need to get some Ghisallo rims! The dampening effect of the rims is really nice: you see a bad patch of tarmac, you hear a bad patch of tarmac, but... you don't feel a patch a bad patch of tarmac. In the first kilometres I rode some gravel roads, climbs and bad tarmac and the effect was noticeable everywhere. Don't expect something like a suspension rim, but more like the difference you would normally notice between a carbon and a steel frame.
Despite the dampening effect of the rim and the low spoke tension, I was unable to rub the rims against the brake pads. Braking performance was very poor to say the least at fist. However, after only 5km braking performance increased dramatically. With the cork pads, the braking performance is now similar to that of most carbon wheels. I will be changing the pads to SwissStop yellow in the coming week, so I am expecting a significant improvement there.