This is the first time I have spent significant money on a bike and it has been 100% worth it. The hydraulic brakes make me feel safer while navigating the terrible city drivers, the suspension makes the ride smoother when hitting rough roads, and the tire size is perfect middle road to make me feel confident when taking on a rough patch of the streets. It's light enough weight that I can pick it up easily. Absolutely no complaints and great bang for the buck.
I primarily bought this bike for commuting in New York City, particularly to areas that are public transportation deserts, as well as, weekend recreational cycling. Overall, it rides well. Good on the varied terrain of Brooklyn and Manhattan streets, and bridges - cobblestones, potholes, grates, manhole covers and slatted wood "boardwalks" and bridges. The gear shifting is smooth so I don't loose stride on the uphills or downhills.
A great improvement over old beach cruiser with only seven speeds. Very nice so far.
After trying out several bicycles at the REI store, I am glad I found this one! Everything about is great. I got the medium sized women’s bicycle and it is just right (I’m 5’3”). The shifting is so smooth - great on hills. I ride paved bicycle paths and really like this bike. No problem keeping up with my husband!
Rides great, seat is comfy but not as cushioned as a cruiser bike. Gears change easily.