well, after a couple rides I hated the bars I had on it so switched them out for carbon Whisky 9 bars with 12 deg flare. Major improvement. Changed to a 11/34 cassette for the really tough climbs and soft conditions. I live where wind is a (hated) fact of life and I love the range this drivetrain gives me. Speaking of drivetrain, my last two dropbar bikes were SRAM and I love this GRX 800 stuff. The front derailleur is superior to the SRAM Red and Rival I had. Cable adjustment feature is great. Shifts like butter.
I scrounged up a used Ritchey Superlogic seatpost and swapped out the cheapo I had on it. Come to find out the Chinese one had as much or more flex than the Ritchey does (which is sold as a flexing post). I guess if you want a cheap flexible post, buy one of those EC90’s. The Ritchey is quite a bit lighter, apparent when holding them side by side.
The 45c tires and 35mm deep wheels catch side wind. Badly. I think I’ll just have to live with that. Probably try 40c for races I plan to ride this year but I do love those 45s for our roads. I weigh 240 so the added float and traction is great. Smaller tires tend to ping off rocks and squirm around in loose gravel at the pressures I have to ride.
The bike itself rides as good or better than I expected. Coming off a Trek Boone that had just too much frame flex and squirrelly handling when pushed to high speeds on rough roads, this bikes handles speed and bumps as well as loose gravel like a rigid mountain bike. So much so that I’ve gotten a couple KOMs on downhill segments... and I’m closer to 60 than 50 now, but look like I’m 39. 🙂