I friend of mine was looking to buy a bike today so we went down to a bike shop at lunch. I just had to ride the SOHO. It really is nice. The ride is very smooth and quiet. The shifting just the same.
However, just as I've read on this forum, the brakes are weak. You really have to lean into them to get the same stopping force as caliper brakes. I would be worried about having to stop in an emergency. Too bad they didn't put a caliper brake on the front like the Gary Fisher Simple City.