I can honestly say that if I needed another bike like this (I have a Ridgeback World panaorama deluxe), AND I was probably a good 6-8 inches shorter, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this.They are very good bikes,but when you look at this one, ...well you can see it is meticulously clean, and well setup. Just its cleanliness and appearance would be enough to persuade me. It reminds me of a story I heard from a chap ..ooooooooo.....25 years ago...
I once owed a large motorcaravan, it was a converted Mercedes 608D , and it was a German conversion, excellent but the body was tired and a wee bit rough, as most of them were by this stage in their life. I went to a motorcaravan show, and got chatting to a chap who also had one. Apparantly he had been looking for ages for a GOOD one, and he saw an advert in the paper, not too far from where he lived, it sounded right, price was right, so he went to see it. He arrived at the house, but it was nowhere to be seen. Hmmm! he thought. Then a man came out of the front door, and explained the van was kept 'round the back, and he would have to go through the house, Hmmmm! he thought. So off he went, he had taken prob no more than 10 steps inside this chaps house, when he said to the owner, ''I'll buy it!'' without even seeing it. He wasn't dissapointed.
You see, the mans house was so impeccably clean , well maintained, with no clutter etc, that he deemed the van to be the same. ....It was. Even the paint had been removed from the radiator, an the brass polished to perfection.
So I think this bike would be in the same category. Just my 2d worth. GLWS