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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Outing with the Ultegra Di2 Fitted BMC SLR02

First Outing with the Ultegra Di2 Fitted BMC SLR02. Decided to tag along PCC Malaysia on their usual sunday ride to Bestari jaya via Jln Kuala Selangor. The group started the ride aprox 7.30am after a short brief by the ride leader. Pace was manageable and the peleton eventually was split into a few groups with riders riding at their own pace but eventually regrouped at Ijok Petronas Station before turning right into Jln Bukit Badong. After the peleton regrouped we finally was on our way to Bestari Jaya for Won Ton Mee breakfast.  We were the first group to arrive hence we had assisted the coffee shop to setup the bike rack.Eventually more riders from other groups arrived from P2K.

After the scrumptious breakfast, the group proceeded to ride back using the same route we used via Jalan Kuala Selangor and eventually arriving at Guthrie Corridor Expressway where we rode along the motor lane for about 25km before arriving back at Mydin Bukit Jelutong. Below is the ride report from my Garmin Connect. Overall the Ultegra Di2 performed beautifully without skipping any gears shifts but due to the numbness of my left arm at the end of the ride,i had downshifted instead of upshifting during some of the hill climbs near bukit Jelutong. Still getting used to the closeness of the 2 right shifter levers that shifts the RD.

The Venn ALTER wheels was also pleasant to ride. Not behaving too harshly like some of my previous experience with other high profile wheels. The ALTER being a Full Carbon 44mm Profile wheel, did not feel too bumpy or non compliant when it was ridden on the back road such Jalan Kuala Selangor and Jalan Bukit Badong. I suppose being setup as a tubeless wheel running low pressure did increase its comfort level. The White Industries T11 hub was flawless holding up the ALTER hoops throughout the 77.72 km ride. Spinning so smoothly just emitting a low decibel tick when freewheeling. Can't wait to ride my White Industries T11 equipped Zipp 303 wheelset when Ah Keong has finished building it at Megabike.

The BTWIN 700 Aerofit Carbon road shoe had also lived to its earlier expectation of being a 'Pro-level Carbon Road Shoe at an affordable price ' after all ..if its good enough for Pro Team FDJ, it should be good enough for an amateur cyclist such as myself. The super stiff carbon sole and the 2 ATOP dials did their job well to keep me comfortably on the bike the entire ride.

Thanks again to PCC Malaysia for hosting such an enjoyable ride and keeping everybody safe.