Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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1. Yes, you certainly can.
2. No, the braking forces are the same. What have to be strengthened are the fork and seat stays. Braking forces are limited by tire adhesion and the ability to stop without lifting the rear wheel.
3. That's probably the only difference. The brake track is not machined and the manufacturer doesn't have to worry about a smooth joint.