I was able to take this bike out for a spin this weekend and boy did I love it! This bike was so responsive - the second I mashed down on the pedal it felt like the front was getting lighter. I am still in the process of shopping for a bike so this is definitely a candidate for purchase. I have been away from cycling for a while so brands such as Cannondale and Trek are my remembered brands, and front runners, currently. Does anyone have any reason why NOT, or why over other brands, to get a Scott bike?