I really like the bike; nice geometry, good off road, very stable and comfortable, even on an 18 mile ride on Lief Erikson. I love the color and cockpit. I feel spoiled with STI shifting, my late 80's roadbike has downtube indexed DA (7 speed), this is a treat! I wish it had lower gearing, but the only way to make that happen is to replace the crank with a compact version... So I'll hit the weight room more instead :-)
I think it's a lot of bike, and am looking forward to getting familiar with this bike, and this sport.