NSWWBGTR700 wrote:Due to the critisism and conflict my last post received, I am posting again, the proud father of a R700.
After putting some miles on, the brakes and seat are going to be the first to go. I'm going to shoot for all Ultegra 6600. DA too expensive for my chef's salary.
I would suggest removing the "radar disk", "frisbee" or spoke protector from the rear wheel. They have a tendency to come off and cause unreasonable wear on the spokes. Funny that a product designed to protect the spokes actually causes more wear to them. This little guys are required for wheels sold in the us, just like reflectors. They are supposed to keep the chain from dropping behind the cassette effectively locking up the rear wheel. Doesn't really work anyway. As far as the reflector goes, look into a little red blinky light, they will probably clip on to your saddle bag and work about 3000% better then a reflector.
Don't necessarily shoot for all Ultegra, take a look at other options outside of the shimano/campy realm. Shifters you don't have much choice, but take a look at different options for cranks and brakes, as well as, little things like housing and chain. It will make you bike more "your bike" (if that makes sense.)