"The bike is still  fantastic.  I rode it in the high Blue Ridge mountains all summer, up to and on the blue Ridge Parkway usually.  I also did the 75 mile Rock the Park ride out of the Boone NC area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Parkway, 8,00 feet of climbing.  I was rounding a curve on a descent in a national park doing just under 40 mph and confronted a line of turkeys crossing the road 40 feet in front of me, slammed on brakes, the bike jumped a little to one side and stopped dead, not throwing me over the bars at all 15 feet from the turkeys, who continued crossing as if nothing had happened.  My son said the bike paid for itself right then.  I agree."  J.W. from South Carolina.