This is my first postÖ I have been a not-quite-daily bike commuter and utility cyclist for a while now and Iíve been making do with an older Trek hybrid that has served me well, but I think it is time for a fun, new custom bike. And I want to get peopleís opinions on what I have in mind.
Here is what I have in mind: a custom build with a Soma Double Cross frame, Sturmey-Archer XRK8 disc-compatible internally geared hub, Avid BB7s, Mavic Open Pro rims and probably a Deore disc front hub. As for other components, probably a Sugino single-speed crankset, drop bars, 700c x 35 tires.
I like the idea of internally geared hubs for city/utility riding, and I also like the idea of disc brakes. Iíve never had them before, but I feel like they are the future of cycling and I want to be forward-thinking on this project. I know that both those options are adding a few pounds to a build, but for urban cycling, that isnít a big concern of mine.
I guess I am looking for thoughts on whether what I want to do is a good idea, feasible, etc. And if not, why not. Am I missing some basic logic that would dictate this to be a bad idea? Anyone else rocking a similar set-up? I know that Specialized has their Centrum line with both internal hubs and discs, but those are not particularly attractive bikes in my opinion. Why arenít more companies using this build?