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Frame Questions...SenorPedro
Apr 11, 2003 6:24 PM
Hey guys,

Just a question for you. I have a 1990 Trek that I have somewhat built into a 'cross rig. I really love the ride of this frame, the geometry seems quite polite on and off the dirt and the True Temper tubing is fab. Not having ridden a "real" cross bike before I don't know exactly how much more maneuverable they really are; due to head angles, etc.

At this point the only weakness is the road brakes. They are not mud friendly and have less than desired braking power at times. So my question is: Do I get canti-bosses brazed on or do I get a new frame? With the potential cost of having a nice job done on the brazing and maybe a repaint compared with the cost of say, a Surly cross-check, there is not a very huge difference. So what do you think? Let me know.

Thanks,

Pedro
re: Frame Questions...atpjunkie
Apr 11, 2003 6:28 PM
you would just need the rear done. You could find a canti fork that would fit fairly cheap.
re: Frame Questions...hummu
Apr 11, 2003 7:13 PM
I have done two road bike to cross conversions and the limiting factor has been the clearance at the chainstays. If you are satisfied with that clearance you can try a centrepull brake on the rear. This can give you great braking power/feel without a visit to your friendly frame builder. You can run one on the front as well, or as the other poster suggested change out the fork to a CX fork with canti posts. If you really like how the bike feels with the centre pull you can get canti posts brazed on later.