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Old 07-07-09, 02:44 PM   #1
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Custom S&S bike

Cross posted from "Mechanics". Not getting a lot of love there...

I'm having a custom steel frame built with S&S couplers. The original plan is that it would replace my "workhorse" in my stable; a utility bike built on Nashbar's "X" frame...9 speed 105 group, Shimano R505 "road" disc brakes.

The plan was that all components would move to the new frame. I would get cantilever mounts put on as well, just in case something happened to the discs and replacement parts weren't available. I'd have the new frame built with 132.5 dropout spacing...'cuz you never know.

And that's what got me thinking...if I'm putting on a different brake mount because I'm worried about disc brakes on a travel bike, maybe I should just go with cantilevers? Then I started thinking about how much I hate cantilevers, because they scream like banshees and have marginal stopping power...and that got me to thinking that maybe a travel bike makes more sense with a long reach brake caliper. (I intend for this bike to run tires as wide as 32mm, depending on conditions.) And if I'm doing all of that, maybe it should just be built with 130mm spacing, just to make it easy.

Now I'm feeling confused about this project, where at first there was just certainty. What to do?

I'm interested in hearing your take on this.
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Old 07-07-09, 05:04 PM   #2
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My philosophy on a travel bike is I want all high reliability, low maintenance components.

I'd go with linear pull brakes, barcons and long-pull brake levers and probably 135 mm rear spacing.
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Why 135 rear spacing? I understand your rationale for all the other components, but I don't get this one.
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