As much as I'd like to be cool enough not to care about the color - it was nice to see it wasn't that blah silver color they offered last year. Instead a nice black base - with blue markings. It won't match my Bikeman kit though. Bummer.
First impressions - wow. It's very nicely built. The joints are smooth - nearly Cannondale Aluminum frame smooth. I did the old 'ping' test for tone variance then checked the spokes with a tensionmeter. The wheelset (DT Swiss 450's) was built very uniform - good sign. The brakes are Avid Shorty Cantilevers - definately old tech - but with some proper toe-in / alignment and balanced tension they work plenty well. Forks: some nice carbon work here- very smooth - no shuddering etc when braking. Seat: WTB Silverado - I usually ride the WTB Rocket - this one is a little skinnier & longer. We'll find out soon enough how it is for longer rides.
I built up the bike in a couple of evenings and figured out how the SRAM double-tap shifting works. I like it. Shifting is crisp - and you might even be able to wear clumsy gloves with these and still shift. Shimano brifters with their two-lever system can be nearly impossible to shift with bulky gloves. I also like that there is no front derailleur - there is plenty of range available with the 42 chainring / 11-28 cassette.
An additional bonus: Don't like gears? No problem - swap out the dropout hardware at the rear and run it single speed. Cool. Always wanted to try single speed and I just so happen to have a single speed wheelset.
Winter from the parking lot
Trail in the winter
Same general location ..
And finally - the beach.
A little different today.
Consensus: She's a keeper. Often you'll hear folks praise CX bikes for versatility. No doubt, the Con Crosso is pretty versatile. That said - it doesn't have a plethora of braze-ons for racks fenders etc like several other Salsa products. It's meant for racing - and you can bet she'll be properly fed. On the other hand - it rides sooooo smooth!! At the risk of offending the hardcore CX population... umm.. I kinda want to use it for commuting.
Bonus shot from Pulaski (right around the corner from GW Management): Some pretty mossy singly-track. Who doesn't like pretty mossy singly-track??
Back home - with a proper coating of dust. Soon it'll be MUD!! & BEER!! & WAFFLES!!!