Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike.
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Thank you for the reply.
Current parts are 135; Deore LX hubs laced to 700c rims. Basically a "29-er". However, if I ditched the discs, going to 130 spacing gives me "universal" wheel interchangeability with every bike in my stable. (I don't have a MTB).
I don't necessarily have plans to tour with this bike...not to say that I won't ever do so, but no plans right now. I'm in the military, and have some travel in my future, which is why I'm looking into an S&S equipped frame. Next likely assignment is a 1 year remote to Korea, and the bike is going with me. It would be a shame to show up, have a dorked up disc from travel, and no means right away to fix it.
As capable of a mechanic as I am...perhaps I'm just not capable enough with cantilevers. Granted, my only experience was with Avid Shorty 4s, (I've heard that Shimano R550s are far superior) but despite following the instructions of numerous expert sources, I couldn't get them to stop screaming...nor could I get fantastic stopping power out of them.
This is a custom frame...I want to get it right. I want it to be exceptionally user and parts friendly, but I don't want to put things on the frame that in the end are really completely unnecessary.
I'm trying to decide if I love my discs enough to continue to work around them, or if I just need to give up and try to figure out cantilevers. I'm HIGHLY reluctant to do this. Avid cantis are what drove me to discs in the first place.
Good night...and good luck
Last edited by Banzai; 07-07-09 at 03:27 PM.