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    How can I convert my 05 Bianchi Axis to Disc brakes. Forget cost for a moment. Is it possible? If so, how?


    Also, I'm 230 and I put a rack and carry bag on the back. All told, there must be about 200lbs (including my weight) on the back wheel when I am loaded for my commute. I'm running the stock 38c cross tires at max (75psi) pressure. The tire definitely pancakes out a bit more than I am used to. I feel like if I used a tire that could handle higher pressure, but is still relatively wide, I'd be set for loaded touring. Does this tires exist?

    Any suggestions? Am I going to destroy that beautiful rear wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moogjuke
    How can I convert my 05 Bianchi Axis to Disc brakes. Forget cost for a moment. Is it possible? If so, how?


    Also, I'm 230 and I put a rack and carry bag on the back. All told, there must be about 200lbs (including my weight) on the back wheel when I am loaded for my commute. I'm running the stock 38c cross tires at max (75psi) pressure. The tire definitely pancakes out a bit more than I am used to. I feel like if I used a tire that could handle higher pressure, but is still relatively wide, I'd be set for loaded touring. Does this tires exist?

    Any suggestions? Am I going to destroy that beautiful rear wheel?

    Thanks
    A good frame builder should be able to weld or braze a disc brake mount to your frame. The problem is that your bike has 130mm dropouts and I don't know any rear disc wheelset that aren't 135mm. The fork is easier, just buy a 700c fork set up for a disc. You will probably to have get the frame repainted after the brazing though. This could run into quite a bit of money for not much more braking performance.

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    to quote a poster from roadbikreview, "disc brakes are a solution to a non-existant problem."

    cantis work super well when set up right.

    if your frame is steel they can be welded on, new fork as mentioned. the brakes themselves. i think 130 disc rear hub exists i think you can special order one through QBP---go to ur LBS. then have the new rear wheel built up, as well as a new front wheel that has the disc mount on the hub.

    several hundred $$$, when you could just go canti or v's.

    if money is no object, Anything can be done.

    jeremyb

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    The Axis is Aluminum, not steel. You can't weld or repair aluminum frames very easily. Steel, or Ti - no problem - Al, not so easy.

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    Thanks to all who responded. Appreciate the help and the expertise.

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