I'm new to cycling and was looking for an entry level bike - but not a Walmart special. My wife rides an Opus Fidelio and I wanted something similar - but not as expensive. This bike fits the bill. It's lighter than my wife's bike (although hers is smaller) has the STI gear/brake system which is both comfortable and always at hand - so to speak and has the three rails up front.
My biggest worry was setting it up but all the difficult assembly was done before it was shipped to me. Putting it together was a piece of cake. As for shipping... I live north of Toronto (Canada) and was quoted a shipping time of 5 to 14 days. I ordered it on a Sunday and received it on Friday, 5 days later.
The bike is all that I could have expected and the turnaround in shipping blew me away. Great product