It has been a long time coming. I first took a test ride of the Kaitai in March and knew that Trek's DS line was right for me. I placed an order in June and it took until yesterday for it to arrive at my LBS.
So far, I'm very impressed and am satisfied that I've made the right choice. Visually it is a looker and the quality of the fit and finish is top notch. The matte paint and slight contour in the frame looks great in person. I know it is only day two but I'm quite smitten so far.
Comfort - The ride position fits me well and it quite natural. I've heard mixed things about the saddle but so far so good for me. I am a daily rider on my old 26" mtb so my butt is pretty conditioned. I decided to give it a month before considering a saddle change but at this point the stock seat is fine. I'll rethink in another 500 km. The ergo grips was a feature I was looking forward to and am pleased so far but it does give the sensation of having your hand on the bar instead of wrapped around the bar. I think it will take some getting used to but I suspect I will like it.
Brakes - It has hydraulic disc brakes and they are smooth. My last bike had v-brakes which were fine but these hydraulic discs are very nice. I've found I'm getting nice feedback with only using one or two fingers.
Speed and Ride-ability - Compared to my 26" hard tail this thing feels fast and flies. My town is somewhat hilly but I've generally just kept it in the middle ring and there are gears aplenty back there. The drivetrain is silent and shifts smoothly.
Weight - I asked the LBS to put it on their scale and it was 30 lbs and 10 oz.
Tires - Had my first flat already. Hmm, coincidence or is there more to come? The jury is out on this one. Hopefully it was just one of those things.
Remote lock off - There is a switch on the bar so you can lock the front suspension on the fly. It's turned out pretty handy. I've generally kept the suspension engaged so far but have locked it going up a couple of hills. This was a feature that I thought would be cool but assumed I wouldn't use much. So far it has come in handier than I thought which is a good surprise.
So far I'm impressed and will keep you updated. I think this DS series will be a hit for Trek.