Got a nice 8.5 mile try out on the bumpy, crumbling San Francisco pavement
Had a chance to take it up a 3/4 mile 9% grade and -even better- down a 3/4 mile 9% grade.
Much to my surprise, with a bottom bracket drop of 65.5mm, it was pretty darn rock-steady on the descent while remaining very responsive. It must have a pretty decent trail because the front wheel really wants to stay "on line". Not at all twitchy
I also see now the allure of steel. It really soaks up vibration and bumps.
A very smooth and comfortable ride... I could live with this bike.
edit: Added a picture.
'08 Jamis Aurora Elite