The bike is a bit large -- I'm enjoying the longer top tube as I have shorter legs and a long trunk.
I had some minor issues with the front derailleur but that was due to change anyways, I re-ordered the stem and spacers.
The rear derailleur and the brakes were dialed in perfectly. I'm tempted to setup a shorter stem -- this bike will then remind me of Gary Fisher's Genesis Geometry from the 1990s :D
The bike came with 700x23s the spec reads 700x25s. I was looking forward to hitting the road on 700x25s.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a Shimano chain and not the lower end chain on the bike.
Out of the box mods were
1. zero offset seatpost -- short legs and deep setback seatposts don't mix.
2. Arione saddle -- love 'em or hate 'em. I'm a fan boy :D
3. 11-28 cassette I have OFS == Old Fat and Slow and that 28 tooth helps in Western NC.
4. TTT 100mm stem replacing the 110 that came with the bike.
Looking forward to my first big ride with climbing, the frame is so much stiffer than my 2006 bike. It snaps with a quick acceleration versus lumbering slowly :-)
UPDATE -- rode for the first time and noticed the quick snap when accelerating. I have a great downhill left turn I like to take -- the bike cornered well and the tires laid into the turn nicely @ 24 mph.
I need to get my local mobile mechanic to help with a fit but this bike is amazing -- it's a better bike than I am a rider, it's making me more excited about riding.
After a few minor fit adjustments the best gets better. More comfort and a better pedal stroke after dialing in my fit/position. I'm a little late in my preparation for the Boone NC Gran Fondo but next year it's on the calendar. That and the Storming of Thunder Ridge in VA.
Great handling in turns, I have a 6 percent downhill left turn that I take on my local rides. I'm able to hit that turn @ 26 mph now with my confidence increasing.