This is my first road bike. After testing Specialized Allez, Felt F85, and Focus frames, this one fit the bill for price and value so I took a chance. I could not be happier with this bike. All put together (with water bottle cages) it weighs in around 18 lbs. which is not bad for an entry level aluminum bike. It handles very well, zips like a rocket, and maintains comfort over rough pavement (note that I have only ridden aluminum bikes, so I am definitely used to the feel). I have logged over three hundred miles in about two weeks, and I cannot wait to ride more! I will mention that I did replace the stock saddle with a Specialized BG Romin, but the stock seat is not horrible. Overall this bike is exactly what I needed to get me into the awesome sport of road cycling, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!