I clip-clopped along Donkey Street, weaving through the corners into a head wind, Romney Marsh rarely lets you ride in a Westerly direction very quickly but the return leg is always quicker with a tail wind. Nice and quick through the corners though like a racing bike it was, a bit further in to the Marsh there is a really rough section of lane and I flew across it hardly feeling anything and still able to pedal without getting bucked out the saddle, heading for the appropriately named St. Mary in The Marsh, no deviation from my course I just pedalled straight ahead.
Gokiso £10k Wheels. Ahem.
But then I remembered - though I shouldn’t have forgotten - I had a pair of Gokiso wheels on the bike, all €10,000.00 worth with their virtually frictionless hubs and inbuilt suspension. You, see, its all about the combination, frame first, then the wheels then the components and groupset. They Gokiso wheels are so fast, on climbs you do not slow down between pedal strokes, you have to hang on to the bars and try and keep up with the bike as it accelerates away. The Gokiso's were fitted with Vittoria's Corsa CX 28mm tyres, there are lovely, really soft and pliable with their cotton casing, yes, lovely, they 'feel' nice and add to an already amazing package.
The groupset is Campagnolo's new Record 12 speed mechanical, remember Campagnolo? They used to be the go-to gearing people before Shimano Di2 and SRAM came along?
Before I start this section I will refer to Campagnolo as Campag not Campy as I don’t wear sneakers and I watch adverts on the TV.
Phil’s a big fan of Campag, I was until Shimano Di2 arrived, and Campag made their first 11 speed groupsets; compared to the old 10 speed the shifting was awfully mushy and I drifted away. But I do like the Campag brake hoods they are very comfortable and the brake levers feel better in the drops than Shimano – more to grab hold of. After riding this bike though I could revert to the mechanical option, it's simple to install and adjust and looks beautiful. I rode another bike last night with Di2 gears and disc brakes (and got numb hands, but that’s another journal post) and kept looking for the Campag thumb shifter, I like that thumb shifter, its good when riding on the hoods and makes a nice clicking noise but on the downside it is hard to change up the gears when riding in the drops but I don’t have to that very often really, so not a problem.
Fitting Nokon cables even though they are pretty isn’t such a great idea though; the Campag cables are already amazing and the Nokons make the shifting too mushy and the bike a bit creaky. Barna (our mechanic) has had Campag cables on his commuter bike for five years and hasn’t had to change them, he's not even had to re-lube them after a hard winter.
The bike also had rim brakes that are something of a rarity at Cyclefit these days now that disc brakes have taken over, but despite general opinion I was able to stop and slow down in a timely fashion. There are no traffic lights on my route and hardly any cars so just a feather of the brakes here and there.
Heading back with a tail wind I detoured to a couple of climbs and attempted one of my Strava starred segments called Rumwolds Hill; I should have gone harder out the corner at the bottom but it’s a bit gravelly so I took it wide. The Passoni did climb well though, pedalling out the saddle and the rear wheel didn’t skip about and those old school short chainstays kept the back wheel under me. I ddint go quite as fast as i wanted to but it wasn't the bike holding me back.