The maiden voyage was a success. The Vittoria Corsa tires and latex tubes are great at 90/95, I give them an “A” rating. Coming from Campagnolo groups, it was a little different to downshift using the brake lever, but that sorted itself out pretty quickly. Upshifts are done with the small lever behind the brake lever, instead of the button on the side of the lever housing. Again, just a little mental adjustment to make.
Brake modulation is good and they stop well and silently. No need for new pads just yet.
I made a couple of small adjustments when I got home. I tilted the saddle up a little bit, and straightened the right lever on the bars. Ready to wrap the bars.
A little grease came out around the axle seals, so I cleaned that up and rechecked the preload on the front and rear axles. All good to go.
There is a small issue with shifting. When I shifted to the largest cog in the back, the first shift to a smaller cog was a “blank” in that the lever moved, but nothing happened. Pressing the lever again worked properly, and all other shifts are fine. I need to sort this out, but may need some help with people more experienced with Dura Ace shifting and setup.
All things considered, this is a very nice ride. I like the Lemond geometry, and the 853 steel frame is first rate. I must admit that the Dura Ace group is very nice (being a Campagnolo advocate), and with a little tweak it should be perfect. Coupled with the tires and tubes, this is definitely a keeper.
The bars are wrapped and the Zurich is finished.