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Old 01-05-09, 03:49 AM   #1
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Should I become a 29'er

Went to the LBS's today to try to find an Avid BB7 for my duty mountain bike. I have a set on order but don't expect it for a couple weeks. Needed something to stop gap me.

I didn't find anything but one LBS did have a Canondale Caffeine 29'er that I fell desperately in love with. Soon as I saw it I knew that this is the mountain bike that would make me happy.

I've currently got a Giant XTC-850 and I like it just fine. It's a great entry level little hardtail. Emphasis on little. It's a touch small for me but I kinda like it like that.

But there's something about this Caffeine that I know can extract the last drop of sweat from me and leave me in pain but smiling.

Thing is I've never ridden a 29 and I'm a little worried about the differences. However much of our riding here in Okinawa Japan has a lot of furious downhills with some bumpy turf....pieces of coral sticking up, roots, ruts. I always have to hold back on the little Giant. I've got a feeling I could really enjoy the downhill runs on these big wheels.

Thumbs up or down to the 29 from people who have been where I am now?????

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Since I bought my 29er (Redline d440,1x8,rigid,Avid discs added) back in June,the only time I've had ANY desire to ride any of my 26ers is when I miss my SS...Hopefully a 29er SS will come this year (@ my birthday in June again maybe?). So I say go for it!

I'm not particularly tall (5'9"),and my trails are tight (several switchbacks on some),somewhat technical,and mostly either you're going up or down (very little flat),and I LOVE it!!!
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singlespeed92,

Sounds exactly like our trails in Okinawa. Up or down, no flats. Lots of switchbacks. Lots of slick clay as well here too.

I think I'm going to go for the Caffeine. I'm going to go take a second look at it today and see if I'm still in love with it.

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Sounds exactly like our trails in Okinawa. Up or down, no flats. Lots of switchbacks. Lots of slick clay as well here too.

I think I'm going to go for the Caffeine. I'm going to go take a second look at it today and see if I'm still in love with it.

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I have a couple of FS 26ers and while they are okay, my favorite is my IndyFab 29er SS. Beautiful and flawless and rides like a dream. Go 29er......you'll love it
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i love my 29er. i havent taken it on the trails yet since i got it in december. in the city it truly handles like a beefy flat bar road bike. its a unique feeling. its like a monster truck it has a high wheel base and can really roll over stuff with those huge wheels.

in regards to downhilling it does sit higher than a 26' bike and could be a problem with center of gravity on steep slopes. its alot easier to control a bike with suspension on the downhills too. alot of single speed 29ers around are rigid including mine.
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