Now that I've got some miles on my Madfibers clinchers (1304g), here's my early observations based on my modestly calibrated arse and in comparison to my Reynolds Assaults (saved just over .4lbs) and Attacks (saved just over .2lbs):
* From a stop, the MF's don't feel feel any faster
* Once underway, they accelerate faster
* Definitely hold speed better, putting me 1-2 gears ahead of my usual pace
* Distinct yet gentle, controllable pushes in crosswinds and from buffeting from passing cars
* Cool "swooshing" sound when I'm kicking out of saddle and throwing the bike from side-to-side just like I remember from an old pair of DV46UL tubies
* Definitely some unconcerning hollow sounds emanating from the wheels underway when I roll over small obstacles plus what I think are pinging/popping noises from the spokes loading and unloading when I'm kicking out of the saddle (some MF users have the same)
* I'm not saying fit and finish is poor, but calling these an industrial look is kind … these won't win any beauty contests
Looking at these pics, I clearly need to de-badge them - I'll do it once I'm sure that I'm keeping them. I still think my bike looks 43x better with the mid-depth Attacks (32mm) than the super deep Madfibers (60/66mm). Oh, the things we'll do for saving a gram or three!
Sadly, I went back to butyl tubes (Schwalbe 80mm super lights, 79g/ea) because my earlier experiment with valve extensions went so poorly (I admit probably my fault). It's been nice not having to pump up the tires before each and every ride, but I miss the thought of riding latex.
Garmin 500 bar mount from Raceware Direct:
* Love it and won't go back to the OEM stem mount again despite the ~13g weight penalty
* Took some mental adjustments (just my mind playing tricks on me with the dramatically different new mounting location)
* Holds the Garmin tightly and installation is a complete non-issue
Aicans brake cables w/EE brakes and Alligator Mini I-Link shifter cables:
* Aicans powered EE brakes are everything they're supposed to be - powerful and easy to modulate. I don't miss my SRAM Red brakes at all; not one bit.
* It's been non-stop cable stretch with the Alligator Mini I-Links requiring near constant fiddling whereas my Yokozuna shift cables were a "set and forget." The Mini's are "out" next time I need bar tape. Bring on the Yokozunas - I'm going back!