Join Date: Jan 2013
Bikes: Giant OCR3, Raleigh Superbe, Bianchi Milano,
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I bought one of these just about a week ago. I've only ridden mine about thirty miles so far yet the factory parts, namely the Altus line of Shimano seems to be working flawlessly. I'm not a fan of grip shift but it also works just as it should. That sprung stem? Yeah, it's a little disconcerting at first but you get used to it.
I would suggest putting some miles on it and see how you prefer riding it. It seems like a good candidate for a gravel/light exploring tool.
I plan on changing the seat on mine to a Brooks flyer version, the bars to some kind of butterfly or something reminiscent of my Raleigh Superbe's style bar. Grip shift may stay for a while out of interest in the design's reliability. Oh, and planet bike fenders in silver from Rod's bike shop here in St Cloud.