have been riding this a lot the last few days, its a belter. Took a few pictures in its natural environment on my phone, which i will try to upload.
The Chainset and mechs are beautiful - no doubt about it. The chainset actully stands out - it's stunning, multiple contors, sweeping curves, sharp crisp edges, the lot.
The U brakes work really well, better than i excpeted, they stop you in a very controlled matter. Not sure if thats just because they are well set up, with decent pads etc compared to my other bikes or what, but they are quite impressive. Looks wise, not beautiful, more purposeful.
Now then the shifters and levers!
The left hand thumbie for the front mech is actually indexed and it works really well. Quite a nice littel touch, i hadn't seen before.
The rear mech needs indexing, so will have to have a go at that later. Currently running in friction mode, which is achieved by loosening the top cap and giving it a push. Shimano's little slider is perhaps easier to use, but does snap of if you are ham fisted, so maybe this is a good solution.
The brake levers are massive - I had to measure them, 10 and a half inches long, nearly as long as my.................
they have a join half way along, not sure if this is for adjustemnt or what, seems a tricky spot to get to with an allen key anyway
to release the brakes, you have to unclip them , then slide them back, it's all a bit complicated. I think they are brutal, and love them for the weirdness!