I put the sentiment of the Bridgestone aside as I rode the Pogliaghi in its new configuration today.

*I aligned the dropouts and hanger for the new wheelset. I find that it takes some time for my 80’s steel to settle a bit after spreading or cold-setting frame spacing. The Bridgestone went through a similar period going from a 6 speed hub to an 8. This time i went 7 speeds to 9.

*I’m still on a mid-weight tube set……. sorta. Columbus Matrix steel is what the sticker says. That means its acutually Columbus CroMor (the name was changes shortly after entering production). What does that mean? It means that the grade steel on both bikes is the same. Its double butted chromoly (where my 4130 derrived from). The Japanese steel on the Bridgestone was nice, but the CroMor is Columbus’ highest grade chromoly tube set. These tubes are typically used on light frames with versatile demands that can take a lot of wear and tear. Its the lightest chromoly, and lighter than the heaviest Cyclex steel (highest grade). Its perfect for loaded touring and cyclocross frames. By the way, SL is the stuff ultra frames are made of.

*The Poglighi also has tighter, more traditional Italian racing geometry. It’s all about tucking that back triangle. 

*The biggest upgrade one can make on a bike is a personal wheelset. Different wheel builds will have more effect on the overall characteristics of the bike than any other component. This time around im going for a non traditional approach with some PBO (fibre spoke) Spynergy XAERO wheels. They absorb a lot of vibration, which leads to less vibration related fatigue in the long run. Downside is that they flex a bit when im attacking a climb , and i climb a LOT. They are around 225g lighter than the XeroLite XR-1 wheels on the Brigestone which is good for climbs. That may not seem like a lot, but the fact that the weight there is rolling energy multiplies the weights impact by a very significant amount. 

So thats pretty much it. Oh and Dura-Ace.