Great State of Varmint
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dante's Third Ring
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Which the LBS you went to undoubtedly has in stock? Hmm.....My first impression is of the curved cross-tube (top-tube). I'd wonder how this effects the both the strength of the frame, as well as the ride. Less maneuverable? More? Ah! Here they explain this - sort of.....
Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, low standover frame with Designs for Women geometry, forged dropouts w/ replaceable 98954020 hanger, integrated kickstand mount"
What on Earth is 'Designs for Women' geometry? I can see that in a saddle - but a frame? A mixte is one thing. But this looks silly. Another druthers is the rear-derailleur: Shimano Altus. That's way down the line for a bike that has a MSRP of $440. The front shock-absorber is another trouble-spot I see - but I don't like them except on a true mtn. bike. And the spokes on the wheels are straight-gauge 15 - that's low in my book for a bike designed with off-roading in mind. And it's only 7-cog cassette? Sheesh.
I could go on, but I think you get the general gist of it. I'd keep looking, and not be swayed with "girl's" bicycle with cheap components and way-too-fat tires for a gravel trail and dirt.
Oh - and Welcome Aboard!