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?????