I happened to have been passed by its owner this morning and I had to catch up with him to see his bike again, despite having returned only recently from the injured reserve list. Andreas was happy to stop and let me take a picture of him and his bike. He loves the bike so far. He mentioned taking some time to dial in the shifting but it seems perfect right now. There is a comprise in the simplicity offered by internal greared hubs and the electronic shifting. Otherwise the bike seems low maintenance and ready for rainy commutes with the fenders and disk brakes.
On a complete different note, I just moved my commuting panniers from the rear rack to the front rack to get a feel of how they perform. Given changes in drop off schedules, I could benefit by dropping off our youngest by bike after getting the older boy on the bus. It could work. Handling in the city was fine but I noticed that my rear tires had substantially less grip ascending on some local gravelly trails with more weight in the front. Otherwise this is a go, when I have sufficient energy for carrying a 30 pound boy.