Is it? Hadn't heard that personally
I have an aithein and ride it more than my 'nice bike' (wilier cento) because it's such fun. Very much want the disc version but can't justify it right now.
Also echo the fat tyre comments. I ride 28s on my aithein, but have 38s on a tripster atr which is also fantastic fun to ride without being painfully slow on tarmac