Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Hurst, TX
Bikes: Habanero Ti road w/ Dura Ace, Habanero Ti Cross w/ Dura Ace, MTB w Deore XT
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I've had one for a couple of years and wouldn't trade it for anything. Most versatile bike in the stable. Mine is a 57cm, I'm 200# and lack of stiffness isn't an issue.
I bought it after riding a Habby road frame for 10k+ miles (which I still have and ride). I mostly do road riding with 25-28c tires and just swap different wheels with 35c knobbies for trails (both old-school DA hubs, 3X, O4CD rims; the boutique wheels stay on the road frame). Outfitted with Dura Ace 10 triple group, it rides great - more stable and relaxed than the road frame. Also have some cheap rack on it and carry gear on occasion with no issues.
I did have Mark route the cables "road style" rather than along the top tube and also lengthen the head tube about 1/2". The STI-style cable stops weren't available then; I'd probably have those substituted now for the downtube bosses. These changes may cost you some $ and wait time but for me it was worth it.
Only issue I had was the initial Ritchey WCS fork and *horrible* front brake shudder. I tried many different cantis, mini-Vs, travel agents with Vs, toe-in setting, etc. and nothing helped. Replaced the fork with an Alpha-Q CX and no more issues using either Paul Touring or IRD Kafams. The Alpha-Q doesn't have eyelets for a rack, though.