Whilst I wait patiently for Kaffenbacks to come back in stock or for one to come up for sale, I still ponder over whether it's the right bike choice.
Anyone care to comment on the real world differences between a Kaffenback and, say, an inbred 29er with drop bars with slim cx tyres? eg:
(yeah, I know that doesn't have slim tyres)
I currently have a this:
Which is perfect for commuting and buzzing around town on cycle paths - so easy to hop up and down curbs, swerve onto the grass to avoid dawdling pedestrians, etc. It's a bit of a grind with small wheels though, I'd like to go to large wheels and consider sticking some gears on for longer rides and the occasional bit of touring with panniers or carrying a child seat. I have a road bike but rarely ride it as I'm always scared my spine is going to shatter whenever I hit a bit of uneven tarmac.
Kaffenback with discs seems like the sensible option, but I'm just wondering how well a 29er inbred would serve similar duties and what the downsides would be?
So, building a cross type bike around kaff frame vs inbred 29 frame. Pros? Cons?