Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Chicago metro area
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I, too, have the earlier model with the curved tubes. I love this bike, with the exception of one thing- the paint job. At this point, it's almost more chips than paint, especially the downtube. The chips are mostly from locking it up to various things. One good whack with the u-lock is all that is needed to chip the paint. I don't think it's a huge issue, but it just makes the bike look a little cruddy.
I love it because it's beautiful and unlike any other bike I've seen, with the curved tubes. Also, the ride is pretty good and the handling is more nimble than any other bike I've own. I run it on the side of the flip flop hub thats the single speed with the freewheel rather than as a fixie, though I sometimes think about making the plunge and going fixed.
I've been riding mine seven days a week for nearly four years now. It's my main commuting and everything else bike. I bought mine at Rapid Transit in Chicago.