crapy pic but photography isn't my thing. That bike with the tiny tires in the background is a salsa fargo with 29er 2.2s on.
Out of the box and assembled without doing anything like greasing bearings etc, packaging was okay and as scratched as others I have read about, 15-20 minutes from box to road. Rode for two miles to the local pub and back on gravel road and pavement. Next week it will go the LBS to get greased and have the spokes tension-ed. The greasing is no big deal for me but I usually do more evil with a spoke wrench than good, so I will let them go through all of it.
Heavy, yes but not any heavier than my 2010 felt cruiser with thick bricks and rack, and it handles slightly better. There is talk on other sites about the wheel flop/oversteer, but that is true of all beach cruiser geometry, at least the ones I am familiar with. Very smooth riding but not so much the steering and the cranking of pedals. For the first time on that ride I found my self wishing for more objects to run over rather than avoid, huge grin on my face.
At a pub where half the people show up on bikes it generated a lot of attention, not something I'm used to as my usual ride is a torker graduate in grey and black. Everyone who walked by had to touch the tires, I dont know why but it was funny.
So it was bought as a fun cruiser and I think it will be. I may or may not put another cog on the back, I'm going for a social ride of about 10 miles Sunday and if I feel to overworked I will have one put on when it goes to the boys at the shop. I didn't notice that it was extremely hard going over small rise last night but we shall see.
Future mods may involve getting rid of some weight and a new saddle, but I doubt I will do much else to it other than sticker bomb it and add a flask holder.