Re: Looks or performance.........
Form follows function.
I'm probably in the minority here but I used to do a lot of long distance cycling. Now I've gotten older but wanting to continue touring I've added power assist so performance for me means a bike that does that well, is reliable, doesn't weigh a lot, and impacts the original functionality of the bike at little as possible.
How it looks.........meh, as good as a bike with 4 panniers and a single wheel trailer can, lol.