From day one I noticed the passenger pegs/brackets stick way out an wondered if it would be a problem. Sitting in my natural position the back of my boot contacts them almost instantly if I need to paddle through rough stuff. I've adjusted my paddle technique accordingly, but this means sticking my legs way out to clear them, I feel like a cheerleader doing the splits. I tried to get used to it. Yesterday my ride brought this issue to a head. Lots of ice and long frozen snow banks that were iced over so the bike didn't dig in. A number of these required my legs to be used as outriggers. While most of the time I could "spread 'em" an do fine, I ran into quite a few moments where I just had to dab a foot down quickly an more than once my boot stuck an got caught on the peg bracket. Thankfully my foot wasn't in a rut or rock so bad that I couldn't free it, and in most of these cases I was going slow that my boot may have just brought the bike to a halt, so no harm done, yet. It does have me quite concerned. It seems that sooner or later I may get my foot stuck on a root at quicker speeds an snap goes the leg. Same reason I don't run hard panniers off-road as I've had my boots sucked into soft bags enough (they give). I'm seriously considering taking a cut off wheel to the brackets. The right side will be easy an give me ample clearance. The left side will require a little more thought as the pipe is still there, but cutting off the peg and where it attaches to the bracket will give me quite a bit more room, even if it's not perfect. The left bracket also helps protect the pipe, but I have soft bags/frame that will take care of that. I'm not concerned with passenger issues as I bought this bike for a solo mount. I suppose it'll hurt my resale value, but I've never been to concerned with that. I'm sure I'll do things to this bike on the trail that will hurt the resale value more than that . Worst case scenario a new subframe is $950 to get it back to stock, I figure a grand isn't to much compared to lying on a trail with a broken leg and hypothermia is setting in. Am I nuts for thinking this? I'm suprised I haven't seen it brought up before. Anyone else have the same thoughts or am I completely overlooking something? Let me know before I fire up my compressor. I noticed the Tunisia bikes were all stock and there was plenty of paddling going on there. Are you guys just dealing with it? Small issue, or does it seem like a liabilty to you?