I'm bothered by the brakes, and I can't say I'm a big fan of the bars, myself, but the bike overall will do Carl just fine. I like the wheels and I like the frame weight; the color matching with the black and the shiny worked well. Plus, he went with the Brooks on my recommendation, so needless to say I'm pleased on that choice. Thomson (seatpost and stem) makes nice stuff. The Kogswell long-reach calipers are great, but the levers chirp me out a little, plus, with the long cable run in housing to the rear brake, it's sloppy no matter how tight you tune it. Still, it's gonna be a hoot to ride.