I picked up a new RS Duke XC UTurn a few weeks ago and was installing it today. I managed to break off the head of one of the bolts that hold my brakes in with the bolt almost completely in the fork. I have tried slotting it and drilling it, but I dont think it is going anywhere. First question, does anyone know if the brake bosses on this fork are removable and replaceable? Are all bosses the same? Could I just take the ones off an old RST fork I have and use those? If so, do I remove them?
If all is lost with the brake boss I am considering going to a front disc brake. I will likely pick up an Avid mech. The problem is that my current wheels are not disc compatible, so I will need new ones. I have the money for all of this, but I am in college and should put it towards school, loans, etc. My current bike is a 2003 Specialized Hardrock. It has a fair amount of miles, but is holding up well so far. My back wheel is a little bit bent, and a replacement might be nice, but it trued up fine but the nondrive side spokes are pretty lost while the drive side are about as tight as they will go. I am rather new to mountain biking and so far it is only light XC. I plan on getting more into it and I don't want to have to shy away from something because my wheels are going to explode or something. My weight is around 165lbs.
So, Avid Mechs and what wheels? I really want all black wheels. My budget for the wheels is $200 max, but less is good. Weight isn't a huge concern, but I would prefer the wheels to be no heavier than the stock Alex/ Joytech wheels that came with my Hardrock, I have no clue how much they weigh.
So here are the options that I see so far-
Mavic Crossland-$200 at Performance bike after 20% coupon
Will these hold up to moderate XC and some small jumps?
Rhyno Light XL and XT Hubs-$188 at Jenson USA
I imagine these are probably almost invincible, but will they weigh more than my current wheels?
Sun Ringle Disc Jockeys
They look pretty nice and light, but I would have to go front and rear discs. Expensive and would probably offset the weight savings.
Any other sets that would be good? Disc specific sets wont work since I want to run a rear Vbrake. How bad would a set of Rhyno Lites on Deore hubs be? Considering they are only $90 I wonder.
Thanks and sorry for the long post.