The frame is very stiff and the seating position suits me perfect. Brakes are great. I was a little disappointed since it's not Ultegra components all through but they worked ok anyway. The original wheels were ok but the bike became much more lively after changing to Fulcrum Redwind XLR. The cassette has been changed, originally the bike was equipped with Tiagra 12/30 while Ultegra 11/23 performs much better. On the whole a great bike, comfortable, reliable and fast.