This thing does it all as far as my bike usage goes. From the paved trails in the city, to gravel riding, to gettin in the dirt outside of town, this bike hasn't met its match yet. As a bike commuter, the flat bar and disc brakes allow greater comfort and handling (gotta avoid those scooters discarded on the bike path lol). The gravel tires the bike comes with are decent but you can always upgrade those down the road. I also threw some fenders and a rack for my panniers and I am using my car less and less on a weekly basis. Love this bike!