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Breaking out - getting ahead of the game.(5 posts)

Breaking out - getting ahead of the game.Anachor man
Dec 10, 2001 10:28 AM
After another near-miss in the rain this Sat (fast, down hill, t-bone car situation) I am gonna fast forward a coupla years (it's gonna happen in time anyway) and get me a disc on the front of my high-mile roadie training bike - the race one will have to stay as is for now.

Anyone out there done this? I can find no ready to fit kits, so will have a lash up setup.

Carbon fork will have to go (I guess) - any suggestions for a suitable replacement?

Oh and please - no flaming about being a fairy etc, or how if my DAs were properly adjusted the problem wouldn't be there to solve - they are and it is - wet + road grease + downhill + 190lbs = stopping problem, which + high training miles + idiot car drivers, sooner/later = WHAM!

Thanks all.
re: Breaking out - getting ahead of the game.TJeanloz
Dec 10, 2001 10:31 AM
Winwood is making a carbon road (technically 'cross) fork with disc mounts this year. See it here on a bike:

I'm not sure a disc would solve your problem though- it seems to me that a disc would just lock up the front wheel on a slippery surface and send you skidding.
doh! beat me to it. nmgtx
Dec 10, 2001 10:36 AM
re: Breaking out - getting ahead of the game.gtx
Dec 10, 2001 10:35 AM
I don't know who makes it but Litespeed seems to offer a carbon fork that works with discs

Personally, I'd probably just get a good custom steel fork, though--Strong, Steelman, etc. I think discs put some weird twisting stresses on stuff--not sure I'd want carbon.

I ride in a lot of rain and my next rain bike will probably have discs, too. Even at 145 pounds I still don't always get all the power I want out of dual pivots, the brake pads and rims wear down fast. Good luck.
Brake force is only one componentMe Dot Org
Dec 10, 2001 11:38 AM
...the other is the tire. As has been mentioned in previous posts, if you have a 20cm or 23cm contact patch, a disc brake is not going to help a lot.

Another possible solution might be Mavic ceramic rims. I've heard they really help braking power, but that the ceramic surface can crack. (I haven't used them, so this is all heresay).