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Old 04-22-09, 12:15 AM   #1
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LHT + front fork and disc?

I'm looking for an everyday bike, and I posted a thread earlier asking about the Dew Drop and the Sojourn. For whatever reason, I've got a thing for disc brakes. In spite of this, I test rode a Trucker and a Cross Check today, and liked them both. The LHT had sweet Nitto mustache bars, and they were pretty hot. Didn't really like the action on the bar end shifters of either, though.

The Check was a bit more comfy somehow, in spite of the fact that the bars had a huge amount of drop on them for me. Perhaps because it was my second test ride that day and I was used to the area and the potholes. I know Cross Checks can be upgraded with disc-compatible forks, but I've never seen this done on a LHT.

Have I never seen it done because A) it's impossible because no one makes a disc-compatible fork for 26" wheels (I'd get a 52 or a 54cm frame). Or B) I've never seen it done because it's totally not necessary?

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Old 04-22-09, 07:27 AM   #2
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Disc forks for 26" wheels are done all the time.

Is there a reason you're looking at the LHT / Cross Check instead of a Karate Monkey? I mean, if you really like Disc brakes, why by a frame and chuck the fork?
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Disc brakes? You must like to tinker!
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Ask Surly,but I'm pretty sure a 1x1 fork will fit the LHT. You could also go aftermarket.
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Regarding the Karate Monkey, isn't the geometry a bit weird? Or is that just the top tube angle jacking my eyes? I've never seen one with drops, either. I assumed it was some universal faux-pas to put road bars on a KM. And yes, guilty: I do enjoy tinkering a bit!
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another vote for the karate monkey; there are no pases de faux (?) although you could use dirt drops I guess if you want to mask the effect somewhat...
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ps-> I definitely prefer tinkering w/ discs to tinkering w/ cantis, much more favorable outcome much more frequently!
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Regarding the Karate Monkey, isn't the geometry a bit weird? Or is that just the top tube angle jacking my eyes? I've never seen one with drops, either. I assumed it was some universal faux-pas to put road bars on a KM. And yes, guilty: I do enjoy tinkering a bit!
Well, you've already stated that you liked the Moustache bars, which is a different geometry / riding experience anyway. I may easily get this wrong, but as far as reach / drops / comfort are concerned putting drops on a KM would just require a shorter than normal (aka for flat bar) stem. May it look a bit off? maybe. Will handling be different than a CC or LHT? Yeah, it'll have a different wheelbase. Will it work? Sure, it'll work at least as good as changing a fork (which is also going to slightly change geometry / handling).

Sheldon brown certainly sees KM's as an epitomy of versatility

very few road-geometry frames are setup for disc brakes.

oh, and +1 on the dirt drop (or any of the other various incarnations) comment
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Anther article I found... not that I'm suggesting that particular setup...
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you can go here:
http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=111
for surly stuff.

IMHO the KM is a rockin bike.

obviously its a MTB
but with 29er wheels you can use 700c tyres.

i suppose there could be a consideration as to the riders height/inseam.

i forget where a LHT starts with 26" wheels and then switches over to a 700c wheel.

if you were to be considering racks
you can easily use Old Man Mountain racks.
www.OldManMountain.com
they fit on just about any bike.

as to disc brakes, my fav are Avid Mechanicals. BB7's are the newest, they are nicer than the previous BB5's, of which i've used for about 10yrs now.

here's a couple of "little something" that you may find entertaining...

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...67#post5168467
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...=monster+cross
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