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Havent seen many Caffeine 29ers so i though i'd share a photo of my new rig.

Picked it up a couple of weeks ago. Took it to MCS for some necessary modifications. Ditched the SRAM drive train in favor of a mix of Shimano XT/LX/XTR dual control, etc. Next up are wheels I9 or King TBD. Cant wait to get it out on a trail should be a lot of fun and a completely different ride from my prophet.

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Nice, but as a graphic designer, I must suggest. Get a custom made Lefty boot made of brown leather and matching grips to complement your saddle! :thumbsup:
 

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Dan Gerous said:
Nice, but as a graphic designer, I must suggest. Get a custom made Lefty boot made of brown leather and matching grips to complement your saddle! :thumbsup:
hmmmm. now that would be sharp. All i need to do is contact Brooks and have them stitch up a one-off leather lefty boot : )))
 

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elgordo said:
hmmmm. now that would be sharp. All i need to do is contact Brooks and have them stitch up a one-off leather lefty boot : )))
Why not? To convince them to do it for free, tell them they will be able to show off your bike at next years Interbike! :p
 

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You guys are aware of the new Brooks lock on grips, which are leather, aren't you? Yeah, they come in all the cool colors too :D They would, unfortunately, add most of that pound lost, back on.
 

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You guys are aware of the new Brooks lock on grips, which are leather, aren't you? Yeah, they come in all the cool colors too :D They would, unfortunately, add most of that pound lost, back on.
Those?








There is a price to pay for being stylish!
 

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MendonCycleSmith said:
You guys are aware of the new Brooks lock on grips, which are leather, aren't you? Yeah, they come in all the cool colors too :D They would, unfortunately, add most of that pound lost, back on.
we could always I9 to drop a pound again :D something old something new
 

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Yeah Dan, those. That's skirting the edge of porn, those pics, better watch out for Tony, he may yank this thread:D What's really cool about them, is they are customizeable length, and use spokes to hold them together, how friggin cool is that?
 

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that looks like the spawn of my rush and raw capo. man that thing is nice. what's the ride like compared to your prophet? better or just different? i may have to get one.
 

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different (i think)

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that looks like the spawn of my rush and raw capo. man that thing is nice. what's the ride like compared to your prophet? better or just different? i may have to get one.
thanks. I have not had the opportunity to trail ride the 29er. however that will all change tonight - i'm taking it out fo its maiden voyage on a night ride on some packed powder (super grippy).

Based on some "around the neighborhood" riding it feels quite different from the prophet. When you get this thing up to speed it just rolls!!!! also the big wheels really "smooth" things out. it should be alot of fun for fast rolling single track. i think in the rock gardens and nasty technical decents the prophet will still be the choice. IMO the Prophet and Caffeine 29er are a perfect set of bikes for the stable. Completely different bikes. Both fun to ride but accel in different areas.

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I test-rode a medium F29 and was far from impressed. My biggest complaint was that the geometry for a medium frame was nothing short of retarded. There was considerable toe/tire overlap and I smacked my toes into the back of the tire with dissapointing regularity. Uphill twisty turns were the worst, as you're going slow enough to need to turn the tire more and can least afford to waste energy pushing your shoes down the back side of the tire :madman:

This wasn't a problem on the large model but I'm not tall enough for that!
 

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I test-rode a medium F29 and was far from impressed. My biggest complaint was that the geometry for a medium frame was nothing short of retarded. There was considerable toe/tire overlap and I smacked my toes into the back of the tire with dissapointing regularity. Uphill twisty turns were the worst, as you're going slow enough to need to turn the tire more and can least afford to waste energy pushing your shoes down the back side of the tire :madman:

This wasn't a problem on the large model but I'm not tall enough for that!

not sure about the medium geometry but I am 5'10" and ride a large. No toe over lap and plenty of stand-over etc. For me the Large is perfect and with the Jones Bars (slightly rearward leaning) the cockpit (EFT) is perfect. Perhaps some one with a medium could chime in about their fit.
 

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elgordo said:
not sure about the medium geometry but I am 5'10" and ride a large. No toe over lap and plenty of stand-over etc. For me the Large is perfect and with the Jones Bars (slightly rearward leaning) the cockpit (EFT) is perfect. Perhaps some one with a medium could chime in about their fit.

Come on, tell 'em about your high speed ride in 6" of snow, on top of another foot and a half. Test ride thoughts please :D
 
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