Pros: cheaper than Ti, but you get what you pay for
Cons: handlebar width, relatively rough ride, NOT for women, gearing is way off for touring/climbing
While it was only 1200$ this aluminum bike is a bit rough eventhough they advertise the carbon fork and seat stays are dampening. Compared to my titanium bike this is not a very nice ride. OK huge price difference, but still I think the Ti is well worth the extra dough. This bike is NOT for women. At least not as it comes, you would need to reduce the size of the handle bars, and the gearing (combination of chain rings 52/42/30 and cassette 12/25) is NOT low enough for women riders without some good quads. My wife is a very strong runner, but she can't get this 22 pd bike up hill very well.
So overall I am disappointed with the bike. As an in town (flat terrain) commuter it could be ok, but if you want to tour and put some miles in, get a Ti frame and do your self a favor less weight 18 pds would be much better.
The components should be ok, but the gears rub on the front derailleur when in granny and there is no adjusting that seems to fix that.
Come on Specialized (are you specialized or generic?) make a bike for women. The handle bar is way to wide, even for me a 6' guy.