Is your color orange or mango. I recently bought the Giant R3 Escape bike and its Mango color. Yours looks the same?Pedaling should be smooth and easy (excepting hills, of course!). Also, quiet. Maybe something needs a look and some adjustments?
It looks new, have you had it back where you bought it for an initial check?
Those pickups are Lace Sensor pickups. One Red and two Blues at the bridge. Fender used Lace pickups both on the Telecaster and Stratocaster till 1996. My Telecaster is a 92/93 Telecaster Deluxe model. Hard to believe I only paid about 750 bucks new for it in 93 and came with the Fender hardshell case.And what kind of pickups would those be?