2008 Guru Geneo: First impressions

Guru GeneoSpecs: Guru Geneo custom sized frame (52 cm), SRAM Red, Mavic R-SYS, and Ritchey Pro parts.
So after five weeks my Guru Geneo arrived at my local boutique shop. It took a day for it to be built, mainly a plug in the steerer tube needed to be glued in and required 24hrs to set.
First look is that it is pretty wicked looking. If I plan on racing next year not only do I need to show up, I'll need to 'show up'!

My first ride was from my house up over Lookout Mountain and then back down Hwy 40 and over Dinosaur Ridge back home. The frame is stiff in all the right places and when getting up to go there is instant response. I was a little nervous about handling on a fairly fast decent but quickly became very comfortable. Even though the bottom bracket area and rear triangle are very stiff horizontally, the bike is very comfortable vertically. The overall handling was very much like my Lightspeed Titanium frame bike. In no time I was up around 40 MPH, that is until something happened with my cadence meter and it snapped off.
I must have set up my Garmin cadence sensor too close to my crank arm and during my decent the tie straps snapped off the cadence sensor, 60 bucks down the drain pretty quick. My haste made waste that's for sure!
The SRAM Red components are a good overall choice, I will need to get used to them a little. I have always ridden Shimano, but wanted to try something new. Since all my wheels and parts I already have are Shimano I decided to stay compatible and SRAM was the only other obvious choice. The feel of the brakes is awesome, smooth, good leverage, and consistent. Shifting is accurate and precise, I did have to do a little roadside tuning but that is expected of a newly built bike I think. Once I get some miles in and some wear and tear on the SRAM it will be interesting to see how it holds up. So far though, the fit, finish, and function of SRAM is awesome.
Since I like to think I am a climber I wanted to go with some light climbing wheels. My other wheels are Rolf Elans, so I figured I would try Mavic R-SYS on the Guru. My previous experience with Mavic mountain wheels is they are bomb proof. My first impression of the R-SYS was 'wow, these feel light'. They actually are about the same weight as my Rolf's though. They do seem to be quite a bit stiffer however. The R-SYS uses composite spokes instead of steel or aluminum and very light material for the rims giving them a very low moment of inertia for quick accelerations.
Overall I can't wait to spend the final days of summer enjoying hard days out riding the mountain roads. The Geneo is definitely designed for the serious rider with a big budget. If a custom carbon frame is what you are looking for either serious recreational riding or racing there are few options. Some say all carbon frames ride alike, and in many cases that may be true, but I'm thinking my Geneo rides much better than most.
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