Looking at the Arkose 1 today for Mrs C and was pretty impressed, all round good bike. The brakes were the immediate weak point. They really felt quite poor, Tektro Spyres, so I was wondering whether they can be improved or to spend the extra and go for the Arkose 2 with hydraulic brakes. You also get some other upgrades, 10 speed, next jump in equipment levels but, as far as I know, you can't fit cross brakes to hydraulics, which is another consideration. In all respects the Arkose 1 is fine. It might need some gearing adjustment but only the brakes were a concern.