July 4, 2008
Great frame, low maintenance, Avid BB7's, good geometry, fits me very well
Cheapish OEM components (bar, stem, headset, post, seat, pedals), noisy rear hub, paint chips easily
I've switched out the OEM bar, stem, post, pedals, and seat for Easton, FSA, Crank Bros and WTB components. I also swapped the WTB All Terrain tires for Hutchinson Pythons. It's a very comfortable XC ride. Not too slack, not too twitchy. I use it as my town bike too for coffee shop runs and commutes across the river to work.
The singlespeed simplicity also reminds me of carefree days as a kid too. No derailleurs. No suspension. Just throw your leg over, stomp on the pedals, and go.
Pittsburgh is a bit hilly and 32x16 is ok for some areas but not others. Some long uphill climbs make me want to barf my lungs out but that's probably because I'm not as in shape as I should be.