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post #1051 of 1756
I see. The WW 695 report I was thinking of mentioned several issues re: paint quality, cable routing, etc. but since the frame has already been built up and you can visually inspect it those issues won't apply in this case. I have not seen any negative reports concerning the ride quality of the 695. As I stated above they are both great frames, I don't really think one is better than the other; it will depend on your ride assessment. Emotionally, I simply prefer Colnago.

Does the 695 come with that new Look one-piece crankset?

I have no criticisms of either SR11 or Di2, other than the cost, as you also point out. I don't feel the need for either 11 sppeds or electronic shifting at that price. I have always used Campa, so that's my reason for preference, as well as their better backward compatibility. The new Campa hood shape is fantastic, imo. I too tried Di2 and didn't really like the feel, although it performed flawlessly. If you like Shimano, and you can get the Di2 for less than D-A, of course do that. I thought that perhaps you were specifying the groups, but it appears they already on the frames.

Wheels are obviously the most important component after the frame, so it's a shame that neither bike comes with a better choice. For factory wheels Campagnolo are superb. Most of my wheels are hand-built though, which I often find to be an equal or better option, at a better price. Does that guy Tristan (iirc correctly he's in NZ) build wheels? Surely there are good wheel builders there?

You won't go wrong with either bike.
post #1052 of 1756
At this level, buying bikes off the peg seems to basically be a matter of taste. And I'm totally torn between the two.

I think I did read those comments on WW. There's also the potential issue of replacing the bearings on the Look crankset (but that crankset is an awesome piece of engineering).

I'm leaning towards the look, because I love the frame, prefer the slightly tighter geometry, and loved Di2's shifting - but the Colnago is far, far lighter and I have some residual loyalty to Campagnolo. And the wheels strongly count in the Colnago's favour. But, on the other hand, neither bike has my dream wheelset - so should I resign myself to getting a bike with durable training wheels and buy race wheels later.

Eh, either way, I will be a happy man.
post #1053 of 1756
I'd get the Colnago with SR if only because it goes to 11. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #1054 of 1756
The benefit of the colnago is that you don't have a battery required to ride your bike...
post #1055 of 1756
On the other hand - most reports suggest that the Di2 battery lasts six months or more.
post #1056 of 1756
No experience with DI2 but that sounds like pretty optimistic battery life.
Shimano only rates it for 1000km.
I hope some one who spends what DI2 costs would ride more than 100miles/month.
post #1057 of 1756
just ordered a bunch of Capo clothing, i love my employee discount

also, i've heard reports of a di2 charge lasting well over 1500 miles, but i suppose you can only take them at face value
post #1058 of 1756
Quote:
Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

No experience with DI2 but that sounds like pretty optimistic battery life.
Shimano only rates it for 1000km.
I hope some one who spends what DI2 costs would ride more than 100miles/month.

All the reviews on WW suggest that Shimano is very cautious with their battery life estimate.

EDIT: I bought the Colnago.
Edited by Luddite - 7/23/11 at 2:38am
post #1059 of 1756
Oh my gawds. I finally got my bike back from the shop where they were looking for the mystery noise. All they had to say was "we couldn't replicate the noise." That's it. So I walked out, around the corner and up the hill. I hopped on to ride it to my car, and it made the noise. Sigh.

Do I take it back to the same shop and make them ride or walk along side me? Do I take it to another shop? I don't know. I'm just very frustrated.
post #1060 of 1756
Anyone here follow the Tour de France? Every year I get really into it, I just love the combination of physical skill and strategy that's required to win it.

I'd really been pulling for Schleck, but Cadel really deserved to win. He hung extremely tough in the mountain stages and then murdered the time trial. Fantastic performance all around.
post #1061 of 1756
I was hoping for Basso, but Evans deserved it. He rode a brilliant Tour. Voeckler was quite impressive and tough. Contador was gracious in his first GT defeat.

This was the best Tour in many, many years, perhaps since Lemond beat Fignon. I am so glad the mind-numbing USPostal days are finally over.
post #1062 of 1756
Love watching the tour every year.
But this year I swear if I hear that "I just want to be okay" song again I'm going to kill some one. (This only makes sense if you were watching in the US on Versus.)
post #1063 of 1756
At last Cavendish got the jersey he has deserved for a few seasons now. The Tour organisers seemed to be trying to bend the rules and alter the competition to stop him winning but they could not.
post #1064 of 1756
Quote:
Originally Posted by culverwood View Post

At last Cavendish got the jersey he has deserved for a few seasons now. The Tour organisers seemed to be trying to bend the rules and alter the competition to stop him winning but they could not.

No they made it so you couldn't win the green jersey without going after intermediate points.

The organisers also set the rules so they can't really bend them lol8[1].gif
post #1065 of 1756

Drool
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