Before I bought the gravel lug kit I read every review and comment I could find, very interested to know what it feels like to ride, and what the weight was. I've had steel, aluminium and carbon road bikes all my life and they all have their unique qualities. Currently I have the stock components (GRX 600) on the build, only using slightly different aluminium handlebars and when I ride this bike, whether I'm putting down power or negotiating some tricky gravel section or climbing a steep hill - I'm not thinking, 'oh this frame rides like this material'. What I'm thinking is, 'wow is this a fun bike to ride!' Can I put down some power: absolutely, does it handle the trails: you bet! and does it feel like a 10kg bike when climbing hills: no it doesn't! Which surprised me coming off the 7kg road bike experience. It's an all-road bike and it's no slouch. Could I make some choice upgrades to improve the feel, sure but fundamentally it is a truly fun bike to ride.