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  1. #1
    Each Drop of Sweat Counts
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    MASI Speciale Road, Specialized Rockhopper 29'er, Dahon Jetstream XP, Dahon Speed P8, Dahon Speed TR, Dahon Speed TT, Ignio Folding bike
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    I became a 29'er today but not how I anticipated

    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
    REAR SHOCK
    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

  2. #2
    "I'm OK!" dminor's Avatar
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    Very nice; enjoy.

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    ?

    What about it did you like better than the Cannondale?

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