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    Joel
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    Commuter bike project

    Hi all, I've been wanting to build myself a commuter bike but I have a few questions before i start on it.

    I'm planning on purchasing a Novara Buzz Frame from a guy locally. yeah i know it might be cheaper and less of a hassle if i just bought the whole bike but i enjoy building it up by myself. Also, i want to build my bike close to this one i saw on CL, http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/3113065758.html

    Here are my questions;
    1- are the wheel hubs road bike hubs or MTB hubs? any size issues will i come across with regarding with the hubs?
    2- Why do most urban bikes come with MTB components instead of road bike components?
    3- ... I wish i had more questions but my mind is drawing a blank. lol. if i can think of anything ill ask more. LoL

    any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Joel

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    Nigel nfmisso's Avatar
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    1. front hubs - no real difference. rear hubs - MTB have 135mm O.L.D; road are 130mm - see Sheldon Brown's site for definitions.

    2. cost; MTB parts are made in much higher volume, resulting in lower cost.

    3. check out: http://forums.bicycletutor.com/
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    Senior Member sirtirithon's Avatar
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    I like the CL bike! If its legit that looks like a deal!

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    Joel
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    thanks for the input.

    another question, trying to look for specs on some of the bikes with disc brakes but i cant tell if they are using mountain bike hubs or road bike hubs. do they make road bike hubs that's disc brake ready or is it just mtb hubs?

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    Nigel nfmisso's Avatar
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    MTB hubs for discs
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