Now it'll go in storage until the decals arrive and I can take proper pictures.
So much for that idea ...
I slapped on the new tyres and took it for a 20 mile shakedown run.
Few small issues still.
- The rear brake has a tendency to squeal under very soft braking. I suspect that'll improve once the pads are broken in.
- My back hurts like hell now. I'm going to have to play around with the saddle position a bit more, hoping that I find a solution.
- The BB bearings are shot.
All in all, the bike felt ok. It was fast in a straight line, with no flex whatsoever in the drivetrain.
It corners like it's on rails, but feels just like any other well-sorted bike. It lacks that front-end flex that defines the way steel Sbikes feel.
Unfortunately that lack of flex also means it doesn't grip as well as the steel ones. So I'm not getting rid of my 503 yet.
As for weight, I was surprised to find that it weighs 26.6 lbs. (12.0 kg)
Where does all that weight come from? The 729 has a claimed weight of 22lbs, and the only real difference between my 728 and a 729 is the M730-735 set on mine vs the M900 set on the 729.
Fabien, could you weigh your 729 the next time you have it on XTR wheels? I'm really curious now. I suspect that the claimed weight was quite inaccurate.