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Anyone running disk brakesBK
Jan 6, 2002 9:14 PM
My frame is drilled for a rear disk brake. I just started racing this year in New England, but hadn't seen anyone running disk brakes, including the top pros. Any negative drawbacks, other than having to build at least 2 rear 700c wheels on a mountain hub? I know there would be a slight weight penalty.
re: Anyone running disk brakesbadabill
Jan 7, 2002 7:48 AM
A riding partner has a disc frame on the way from http://www.sibexbikes.com . It will be Ti frame and fork with Avid road discs front and rear, wheels are built using Velocity aerohead 32 spoke XT disc. frame is set to arrive this week so as soon as we have it built up I will post some picks and give some feedback.
re: Anyone running disk brakesaaron
Jan 7, 2002 8:13 AM
Disc brakes were all the rage at interbike in 2000 but since then not cool. This year even the wheelworks/cdaleguys didn't use them. Weight is def. an issue, espeially if you use xt hubs--heavy wheels suck to race on. I welded tabs on a Bianchi cross frame and built up some dt 240 hubs with open pro rims and they were still heavy. Due partly to the fat that 1.8 spokes, alloy nipples, and less than a 3 cross pattern may be strength issue due to the torsional fores of a disc brake. Another issue I had was that my fronthub wants to rip right out of the fork drops under extreme braking. I did a couple of practice sessions on the bike, but now iti is relagated to be my fixed gear commuter bike and will probably stay that way.
re: Anyone running disk brakesbadabill
Jan 7, 2002 11:49 AM
It will be interesting to see what this bikes weight will be. If your main concern is racing and weight is an issue I would think disc brakes are to heavy. This bike is being built as an all-around bike. loaded touring, single track, and a little racing. It does have the canti brake bosses on the frame if the disc brakes dont work well.