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Incidentally, the FFWD wheels I bought (pics this weekend!) came with Verdestein Fortezza TriComp, my first foray into the world of tubulars as you know. I used the free Veloflex tape included with the wheels also, despite most people telling me to glue them... I hope I don't regret the experiment.
I envy your componentry range Koen
If you dont like the tape, you can always revert to glue later on.
As for the tires - this is my opinion - the veloflex offer a way better ride as the casing is much more supple. This comes at a cost though, they won't last as long or be as puncture proof. It really comes down to where you ride, which season etc.
Will be waiting for your pics with the FFWD celeste wheels!
Hubs close-up - http://i49.tinypic.com/2r1zexh.jpg
Side view shot - http://i49.tinypic.com/2rdi7oh.jpg
The front tyre is not yet taped, hence why there are no SwissStop FlashPro yellow pads yet. I have ridden just 50km with the rear and it felt both smooth (165psi selected at random - it bounced over 2 bumps) and laterally rigid. Braking is smooth as is the hub that spins with less friction than the Shimano DA on my CL24 clinchers and it's not as noisy as some people warned me about. They wheel holds speed well past 35 km/h - in my mind at least. The Verdestein tyre too seemed to have less rolling resistance but just as much grip in corners compared to the Michelin Pro 3 I use.
Overall, the bike's bar tape should have been Lizard Skins instead of Cinelli cork, and the chain a gold KMC X10SL instead of a Shimano DA, but these are consumables I can replace in time... otherwise this is now a full custom built replica of the 2012 Vacansoleil-DCM pro bike (down to the FSA K-Force brakes and red/white components, instead of Shimano DA and K-Force celeste/white components on the complete bike you can buy from Bianchi dealers).
You'll be happy with the wheels, I rode them too but the standard version.
Maybe a white cableset once it needs replacing ?
How much does it weigh completed ?
I don't know if the extra blue and black seatpost does it for me... and I can't believe the extra yellow, when the Vacansoleil-DCM logo is more gold.
They are now running: obviously 11-speed! Campy Super Record EPS (ex Shimano DA), still an FSA K-Force crankset but this time a BB386 EVO (ex BB30), FSA SLK brake calipers (instead of the higher K-Force), integrated bar/stem FSA Plasma (ex K-Force) and new Elite Sior Mio carbon (upgrade from Elite Custom). The saddle is a new interpretation of the Bianchi-San Marco Regale. Wheels luckily unchanged considering what I went through to get them
I still like ours Koen
Let us know what you think after a few rides.
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