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Old 05-08-14, 06:22 AM   #26
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I am riding a Raleigh The Pointe. It was a cheap way to find out if I wanted to ride mountain bikes.

It is fine for what I do. Although, I can't figure out what the rear brake is doing under the chain stay. I guess it was the thing to do at the time.
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I ride my rigid yo eddy quite a bit, I'll even be racing it 5 or 6 times this year.

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I ride my rigid yo eddy quite a bit, I'll even be racing it 5 or 6 times this year.


I haven't seen a single fat city bike in Europe. I'd love to ride one, they seem legit!

Is it's fork from onone's rigid carbon mountain fork series?
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I am riding a Raleigh The Pointe. It was a cheap way to find out if I wanted to ride mountain bikes.

It is fine for what I do. Although, I can't figure out what the rear brake is doing under the chain stay. I guess it was the thing to do at the time.
Rear brake under the chain stay? Do you have a photo maybe?
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I haven't seen a single fat city bike in Europe. I'd love to ride one, they seem legit!

Is it's fork from onone's rigid carbon mountain fork series?
There is are a few in Europe, from what I can tell mostly in Germany and England though. This is the best handling mtb I own, when I replace my normal race bike if like to copy the geometry with a custom frame. The fork is currently a gusset jury so though I'll eventually have the fat city cycles boi or a replica made by a custom builder.
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Rear brake under the chain stay? Do you have a photo maybe?


Sorry it took so long. Plus the picture is terrible.
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96 Trek 850 here, new tires and brake pads is all, just a nice ride, solid as a rock...
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Heres my trail bike, its very light and simple, never weighed it but I would guess around ~19-20 lbs, lighter than my road bike. And while I suffer over medium debris, Its very good with large technical routes and kills it uphill. Downhill not so much. I pretty much ride root and boulder infested river trails.
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Sorry it took so long. Plus the picture is terrible.
I have a ritchey with a chainstay mounted u brake like that.
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Just gave away my Raleigh Technium Chill to a friend.. only chainstay mounted U-brake, full rigid mtb in my collection.. but it's off to a home where it will be used.
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Sorry it took so long. Plus the picture is terrible.
Anyone know what the advantage of this mounting was supposed to be? Curious.
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Anyone know what the advantage of this mounting was supposed to be? Curious.
I wouldn't exactly call it an advantage but it does do a good job at collecting dirt and mud.
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Just gave away my Raleigh Technium Chill to a friend.. only chainstay mounted U-brake, full rigid mtb in my collection.. but it's off to a home where it will be used.
It's all I have right now and I use it on the local trails. Reading and looking to see what the next bike will be.
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It's all I have right now and I use it on the local trails. Reading and looking to see what the next bike will be.
You misunderstand... it was the only one with a U-brake out of my full rigids and there's nothing wrong with a U-brake in theory.. it's just an oddity to someone like me with road caliper(s) on %90 of their bikes and V-brakes on the rest.
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I wouldn't exactly call it an advantage but it does do a good job at collecting dirt and mud.
No doubt...
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I really like my custom Moulden... I added the drop bars and it is nearly as light as my custom steel road bike, the only difference is in the tyres and it is an awesomne XC bike.



Am working on a Kona Explosif that will be rigid and geared and a GT Competition frameset that will be a hardtail / SS and my main squeeze is a Rocky Mountain Blizzard hardtail that is one of the best steel bikes ever made.

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I'm old enough that I rode vintage bikes when they weren't vintage yet! So when I got the itch to explore mountain biking more, I found an '84 chrome Ross Mt Hood. Fine for gravel and smooth single track, but I struggled on more difficult terrain. Now I have a new Breezer hardtail, with modern shifting, disc brakes, and a lockout fork. I love vintage & fixed gear road bikes, but for of-road the new MTB technology makes a lot of difference.
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You misunderstand... it was the only one with a U-brake out of my full rigids and there's nothing wrong with a U-brake in theory.. it's just an oddity to someone like me with road caliper(s) on %90 of their bikes and V-brakes on the rest.
The U-brake is a brake, in theory . You're right about that.
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I'm old enough that I rode vintage bikes when they weren't vintage yet!
I'm old enough to have stuck with dirt bikes through that era until mountain bikes got interesting .
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The U-brake is a brake, in theory . You're right about that.
LoL I just went fishing with that buddy, checked his brakes that I'd adjusted before giving him. The PO had replaced the pads with koolstops, and after much fiddling before the send off I'd gotten them to be solid stoppers.. so more than in theory apparently, oh snap almost forgot the winky emoticon..
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i currently dont own a mtb but frequently borrow a co-workers fully rigid SS 26" bike.

its like a big kid's BMX. so fun to throw around.
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Having said that, eventually I will own a steel/Ti rigid 26" with a ~100mm travel XC style fork, mechanical disc brakes, and 1x9 or 1x10 drivetrain.
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LoL I just went fishing with that buddy, checked his brakes that I'd adjusted before giving him. The PO had replaced the pads with koolstops, and after much fiddling before the send off I'd gotten them to be solid stoppers.. so more than in theory apparently, oh snap almost forgot the winky emoticon..
I shouldn't bad-mouth the brake. It's more the narrow crappy tires I have on the bike. I would have a lot more confidence in a V brake. I guess that's because I'm used to them.
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Anyone know what the advantage of this mounting was supposed to be? Curious.
Back in the day canti's stuck out pretty far so if you wanted to get a small rear triangle (say for a sloping top tube frame of 17" or smaller) your heels would be tagging yer rear brake arms all day long. Frayed cables would make your ankles bleed. It was horrifying!

U-brakes solved that before V-brakes solved that.

Mid-range and lower U-brakes had WAY better spring adjustment mechanisms than most mid-range or lower canti's or V-brakes.

Some manufacturers put U-brakes on seatstays but after V-brakes hit, only BMXers did U-brakes.
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I recently picked up this kona humuhumunukunukuapua'a for trail duty. I threw on my white industries crank, thomson post and collar, and some schwalbe rocket rons. Soon I'll be changing the stem and upgrading the brakes.





It's first real ride was on a 22 mile xc loop with about 8 miles of rocky, rooty technical climbing and descending. This bike handled it well, I'll actually be racing it this weekend in a mtb time trial.
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