I didn't get to try one out unfortunately. I am away from home (have been for 5 months), but will be returning next week - which is why it is being shipped to the local store. Where I am currently, there is no store anywhere close by.
Yes, from the limited information/reviews, it seems to be on par with the BD offerings. It has decent frame (although ugly decals), nice (although heavy) wheels, crappy tires, crappy seat - but you get what you pay for. I thought about a new build, Jamis Sputnik or even an IRO build, but I can't get myself to spend $600-900 on a single speed/fixed gear bike. At that point, I'd rather spend $1000 or more on a 105 equipped road bike.