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CX bikes with disc brakes for commuting(9 posts)

CX bikes with disc brakes for commutingBCRider
Jun 3, 2002 6:34 PM
I'm thinking of getting a CX bike for commuting. I've had road bikes in the past and loved the way they feel. From what I've been able to find the CX bikes come closer to a true road bike for geometry than a touring bike.

Only one problem. Around here in the Pacific North"wet" coast it's been known to rain occasionally. I just went through a winter using a new MTB with disc brakes. I'm in love with disc brakes. In the worst of conditions they didn't even know they were wet. And the usual rear rim grinding paste syndrome never had a chance to develop.

So other than the late and lamented Diamondback CX bike does anyone know of any that have disc brake mounts at this time?

I'm starting to assume I'm going to need to go the custom route but I thought I'd check first. If I go custom I'm looking at Marinoni as I wouldn't have to face the terrible exchange rates just now.

Another option I was considering is an oversized MTB frame with 700c's and drop bars. With the use of disc brakes the positioning of the V brake bosses becomes a moot point. And to keep it looking CX worthy I've got my eye on a ridgid fork with disc mounts.

While I'm at it has anyone tried using Avid or Hayes mechanicals with STI shifter/levers?
I think only custom buildersSteve_O
Jun 4, 2002 8:43 AM
I think only custom builders are doing CX bikes with disk brake tabs. Check out the link for picts of a Vicious Cycles CX bike with Avids... BTW Avid has a road specific disk coming out soon...

Final note - Most Disk hubs are mtb specific. This means rear spacing in 135mm... Many CX frames are spaced for 130mm road hubs. Keep this in mind while you search for Disk brake compatible CX frames....
about discs w/ STIGlowBoy
Jun 4, 2002 12:36 PM
I believe discs are designed for the same cable travel as V brakes, so you'll have the same issues that you would with running V brakes on your 'cross rig. Either you'll need travel agents, or you'll have to get Dia-Compe 287V brake levers and abandon STI shifting.

Of course Shimano could solve this problem and make a LOT of 'crossers happy by introducing V-specific STI shifters, but I'm not holding my breath.

- Dan
about discs w/ STIFrank Tuesday
Jun 4, 2002 1:43 PM
But Avid now makes "road" cable disc brakes. We all know that by "road" they really mean STI compatible for cyclocross.

about discs w/ STIBCRider
Jun 4, 2002 5:17 PM
Actually I think this has been solved. Avid has a new STI road lever model out soon if not now.

Also with the Hayes HMX I have on one bike I adjusted the Speedial levers up so far that I suspect these would work just fine with road levers. I'd have to try I guess..... My North Shore style hardtail is sure gonna look funny with drop bars on it for a week or so........ :o)
that's the best news I've heard all yearGlowBoy
Jun 5, 2002 11:38 AM
I'd sure love to convert my Volpe to V-brakes, but of course that's what has been holding me back. Cool!

- Dan
re: CX bikes with disc brakes for commutingmorati
Jun 12, 2002 4:41 PM
Go to and check put the RAGE. You could use this frame with a set of the new avid road discs. As an added bonus, its made out of Columbus METAX (stainless steel) especially for you guys in the soggy Northwest.
Thanks. That is one sweet looker.....BCRider
Jun 21, 2002 3:20 PM
Oh, and it turned out to be fly-sports.

Nice stuff. I'm gonna keep that one in mind. Kind of pricey once it converts to Canadian $ though....
re: CX bikes with disc brakes for commutingDv8shawn
Jul 31, 2002 1:02 AM
Sorry, I know this topic is a little old but I found an interesting cross bike with disc mounts recently. Take a look at the '02 K2 Enemy