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    suggestions on a 29er

    I'm in the market for a new 29er for trailering my daughter therefore I need one with out disc brakes in the range of $500-$800 any suggestions is appreciated

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    why would trailering your daughter preclude disc brakes? i trailer my daughter with a cx bike (i.e., 29er) with discs, and let me say that braking safety is much much better.

    i use a ball-and-socket hitch through the rear axle (a Chariot in my setup); it has zero impact on the disc brake.

    in any case, there are 29ers that have dual brake options, so that you can run a rim brake on the rear (30% braking), and a disc up front (70% braking). personally, for the $500-800 range i'd hit CL, and then add parts as necessary. You can build/tweak a pretty sweet bike for that price range. As for new bikes, look to your LBS since that same price range is open for entry-level among all of the major brands, component variation will be fairly minor, and the best way to tell what you'll like is to go and try out a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwdeegan View Post

    i use a ball-and-socket hitch through the rear axle (a Chariot in my setup); it has zero impact on the disc brake.

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    please give more info on the axle mount maybe I can convert my trailer.

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    here's the one set up on my bike (ignore the additional external gear box ). The trailer has a ball-joint at the end of it's arm that complements it. The

    2010-04-27%2015.24.31.jpg

    This is the standard hitch for Chariots, but i think Burley also uses this hitch (among other options)---perhaps a Burley user can comment further on this; other trailers that i haven't mentioned may also use this hitch. The ball-joint arm is a hollow aluminum piece with the hard plastic ball shoved into one end and then bolted on (i.e., with some mechanical aptitude it would not be difficult to replicate this by oneself). To further simplify it, you can actually buy this plastic end (called a "lollipop"), as well as other parts:
    http://www.bikekidshop.com/chariot-b...op-p-1539.html

    You can also find the Chariot hitch at a number of places, including REI: http://www.rei.com/product/710349
    and at the same site as the lollipop above:
    http://www.bikekidshop.com/chariot-b...ch-p-1537.html

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    1. if i were doing this by myself, i'd probably opt for a steel arm, because i don't have the tools handy for a reliable aluminum fabrication; that said, if you do, then never mind.
    2. i've never shopped at bikekidshop, but a quick Google search pulled them up on the first link; my guess is if they can get the lollipop, then REI can, too (just need to special order it). even so, bikekidshop does look a whole lot cheaper for these parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwdeegan View Post
    here's the one set up on my bike (ignore the additional external gear box ). The trailer has a ball-joint at the end of it's arm that complements it. The

    2010-04-27%2015.24.31.jpg

    This is the standard hitch for Chariots, but i think Burley also uses this hitch (among other options)---perhaps a Burley user can comment further on this; other trailers that i haven't mentioned may also use this hitch. The ball-joint arm is a hollow aluminum piece with the hard plastic ball shoved into one end and then bolted on (i.e., with some mechanical aptitude it would not be difficult to replicate this by oneself). To further simplify it, you can actually buy this plastic end (called a "lollipop"), as well as other parts:
    http://www.bikekidshop.com/chariot-b...op-p-1539.html

    You can also find the Chariot hitch at a number of places, including REI: http://www.rei.com/product/710349
    and at the same site as the lollipop above:
    http://www.bikekidshop.com/chariot-b...ch-p-1537.html

    Disclaimers:
    1. if i were doing this by myself, i'd probably opt for a steel arm, because i don't have the tools handy for a reliable aluminum fabrication; that said, if you do, then never mind.
    2. i've never shopped at bikekidshop, but a quick Google search pulled them up on the first link; my guess is if they can get the lollipop, then REI can, too (just need to special order it). even so, bikekidshop does look a whole lot cheaper for these parts.
    THANKS thats it so I can buy any bike with disc and just convert my trailer thanks a bunch!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbeck21 View Post
    THANKS thats it so I can buy any bike with disc and just convert my trailer thanks a bunch!!!!
    no problem. having a bike with disc brakes makes a big difference for safe and predictable stopping while trailering. i'm glad you'll have that option now. in fact, on my 29er front wheel, i recently changed out the 160mm to a 185mm rotor, because trailering 100lbs down a 10% grade in the rain with a sharp 90 turn at the bottom got tricky; the new rotor makes a big difference.
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