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JenLwrote a review of on September 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bike for general fitness and daily exercise and because it won't beat me half to death on the rough streets of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast towns in which I ride (unlike my older Orca). I have yet to find anything I dislike about it and it is absolutely a joy to ride, it's not twitchy, and handles predictably. I don't find the aluminum frame heavy, bulky, cumbersome, etc. I actually enjoy riding far more than I liked my 2006 Trek Pilot 6.2. This is my first SRAM equipped bike and I have gotten the hang of it after a few rides; I used to insist on Ultegra or better, but I'm sticking with SRAM. Oh, did I mention I'm a woman? I did NOT buy the Dama version of this bike as I found it just all-around too small and the geometry didn't work for me. I am 5 ft 8 and 135 lbs and fairly long-legged. I bought a size 54 cm. Unlike the American-built steeds, the handlebars and hoods aren't massively wide and the top tube has a more graceful angle. I swapped the Selle Italia X1 for my old Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow, added a CatEye computer and may swap the Vittorios for GatorSkins, but so far the Vittorios have been great despite all the debris in our bike lanes here in the South. (Bike lanes are something of an afterthought here and a place to throw beer cans :/) As mentioned above, the fork is amazing and soaks up some of the nasty bumps and tracking is superior. I have the 2013 model.