I got my bike from Crosslake sales yesterday, and am going to do a quick review now that I got to take it for a ride. It arrived well packed and undamaged. Just had to install the front brake, handlebars and seatpost. The fixed cog was only hand tight, so I tightened it and the lockring. I measured the frame, because the geometries listed on the sale add sounded odd. I have the 55cm chromoly model. The seat tube is 52cm center to center, 55cm if you go to the top of the clamp. The top tube is about 54.5 center to center, and the head tube is 16.5cm. The tall head tube makes for pretty comfortable handlebar height, and there is no toe overlap with the toeclips.
Got to take it for a ride today, but first swapped out the tires for Michelin Erilium 23's and put a set of egg beaters on it. Did 35 miles in just under 2 hours. Mostly MUP, but some brick roads, curbs, about a mile of dirt doubletrack, and a detour through a construction zone. The frame rides pretty stiff, but I haven't rode tires this skinny in a couple years, so that may be part of it. There is no flex in the bottom bracket or crankset and accelleration and handling is quicker than my conversion or Cross Check. The handlebars look a little odd, but are very comfortable both on the hoods and drops. They felt a little small in diameter, but I may just add another layer of tape. The brake levers look a little cheap, but when you squeeze them the bike stops. The saddle should go straight in the garbage.
Overall it is what I was expecting. The welds are a little rough, but the finish looks okay. It easily has room for 32mm tires if you like, or fenders. I ordered a new crankset already, not because there is anything wrong with it. I just like 165's, and it came with 172.5's. I plan on having the wheels tensioned in 100 miles or so, they were pinging alittle when I first took off on it. I am leaving the brakes on it, and will probably switch the freewheel out to an 18 tooth for a bailout gear. I am running skinny tires on this one, because I am not planning on riding this one on the rough roads around my house, just club rides and centuries. I hope this helps anyone who was considering this bike.