Yesterday I found a Cannondale Caffeine 29 and came home and did my homework via the internet.
Went back to the LBS, credit card in hand and noticed another 29 hanging on the wall which I did not see yesterday. Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29 - 2009. I ended up liking it better than the Caffeine.
The specs are different from the US version as I got it in Okinawa Japan.
No ride report yet but I rode it home about 10 km from the LBS and rode it around a field by my office. I can tell already I can climb better and the thing darn near acted like a road bike coming back from the shop. I was going way faster than I thought I could.
Will try to break it on the trails this weekend and give a decent report.
The Japanese model specs:
FRAMESpecialized M4 manipulated alloy frame, 29" geometry, fully butted, ORE DT, 2-piece forged adjustable dropouts, disc only
FORKRockShox Tora Race 29er, 80mm, alloy steerer, 32mm Cr-Mo stanchions, magnesium lower, preload and rebound adj. w/ LO, 13-15": standard spring, all others: "stiff" spring, disc only
HEADSETSpecialized 1-1/8" threadless, loose ball
STEMSpecialized 3D forged, 4-bolt, 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
HANDLEBARSSpecialized butted alloy, 31.8mm, XC rise, 640mm wide, 8 degree back sweep, 8 degree up, 2.6mm thick
GRIPSSpecialized Enduro, dual compound Kraton, no flange, 131mm
FRONT BRAKEAvid Juicy 3 SL hydraulic disc, alloy backed brake pads, caliper/adapter w/ 160mm G2 Clean Sweep Rotor
REAR BRAKEAvid Juicy 3 SL hydraulic disc, alloy backed brake pads, caliper/adapter w/ 160mm G2 Clean Sweep Rotor
BRAKE LEVERSAvid Juicy 3 SL
FRONT DERAILLEURShimano Deore, 34.9mm clamp, bottom swing, dual pull
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Deore SLX Shadow
SHIFT LEVERSShimano Deore SL- M530, 9-speed
CASSETTEShimano HG-50, 9-speed, 11-34t
CHAINKMC X9 w/ reuseable Missing Link
CRANKSETShimano FCM442, forged alloy arms, Octalink Spline w/ replaceable rings
CHAINRINGS44A x 32S x 22S
BOTTOM BRACKETShimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearings, 68mm x 118mm
PEDALSAlloy body and cage, 9/16"
RIMSSpecialized RHD 29", double wall disc, pinned, eyelets, 28/32h
FRONT HUBSpecialized Hi Lo, forged alloy, double sealed, ground race, 28h
REAR HUBSpecialized, forged alloy, double sealed, ground race, cassette, QR, 32h
SPOKES1.8mm (15g) stainless
FRONT TIRESpecialized Fast Trak Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
REAR TIRESpecialized Fast Trak Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
INNER TUBESSpecialized schraeder valve
SADDLESpecialized XC, Body Geometry, 143mm width, front and rear bumpers
SEATPOSTSpecialized alloy two bolt, micro adjust head, 30.9mm
SEAT BINDERSpecialized alloy w/ QR, brass washer
NOTESChain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat, owners manual