For the price, you can't beat this bike. DB advertises it as a do anything, gravel, light trail, commuter, etc. bike While I wouldn't take it on anything much more than a gravel/fire road, I'll admit it feels plenty sturdy. My main use is commuting, and at $700 retail there's not reason to not add it to your quiver. I live in SLC where hills are plentiful, depending on where you live. Previously I was using a single speed which was usually fine, but there are times where I A) want a lower gear going up hill or B) want a higher gear for hauling ass when it's flat. The 1x9 configuration on this has the PERFECT range of gears for where I live. The more upright position is comfortable, the disc brakes are solid and so far all of my expectations have been met. The beefier wheels are way better than my traditional 25mm single speed wheels, making me a little more confident after a few drinks. Oh, I also love the option of being able to add panniers and fenders.