I bought this bike over a year ago. Prior to that I would commute to work (20 km's) on a hybrid. I wanted a reputable known brand and selected Specialized. Not too far from where I live there is a Specialized bike shop. I was very impressed with the range of bike and the customer service.
Although I selected from the bottom of the range I can see in a few years time I would like to upgrade.
For me as a beginner I love this bike,