I'm very happy with mine. I'm a big guy and the steel frames in my price range all felt a bit noodly under me or were hi-ten boat anchors. The SST AL is very stiff but that also makes it a very prone to some savage road buzz, you will feel every little bump in the road. A carbon seatpost dulled mine out nicely though. I'd go so far as to say I think it's practically necessary. Seatpost, saddle, pedals (very cheap and junky), and tires (very poor cornering traction) should be budgeted as near instant replacements. The frame looks like it might fit a 30, maybe a few 32s but not most. The brake calipers will only clear a 28 though and just barely at that.
I've modified mine a bit.
Sette Aeon stem 130 mm
Sette Nyx saddle - best damn inexpensive saddle I've ever seen
Crud Road Racer fenders (just barely clear with 23s)
Hutchinson Ultra Fusion II tires - ride is wonderful, about 1000 miles on them so far with very little noticeable wear
Sette APX carbon seat post
Crank Bros Quattro SL pedals
Sette ST-316 rear blinky - best little cheap light I've ever seen
Nashbar fake carbon bottle cage
removed the decals and blacked out most markings
put some strategic reflective tape on to make the police happy (as if my 1/2W rear and 700 lumen front weren't bright enough)
Looks like it could but it might depends on the brand that you use.
btw, to OP, I use a seatpost fender. Works pretty nicely for me.
Originally Posted by Johhny B
dude u need that trixie tool its the best tool ever it even comes with a bottle opener ! dude all the messengers reccomended it to me and evr since i got it im basically a mechaninc now and all the bike shops want me.