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Old 03-20-06, 12:46 PM   #1
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Your thoughts on SS/FG commuter + cx fork + front vbrake

hi all,

I'm mulling the purchase of an IRO SS/FG (Mark V?, have to check the headset size) and thinking of swapping out the fork for one of Nashbar's CX forks (either the carbon fiber or the steel one), using flat/riser bars and running a v-brake on the front.

My current commuter is a full suspension mountain bike with slicks which is way overkill for the commute. I want a light bike that I can brake my way out of trouble with.

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Old 03-20-06, 12:49 PM   #2
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the mark v has a 1 1/8" headtube. also, the stock fork is drilled for a brake (in case you planned on swapping thinking that it wasn't).
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surly crosscheck fork
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sounds pretty badass to me. I've thought about the same thing, but if you wanna be really badass, nothing less than a disk brake will do. Of course even V-brakes may be overkill for a fixie, but that wasn't the question was it?
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Seems like a good idea to me. Commuting on a full suspension bike sounds horrible. So much wasted effort...
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If you can't run fenders on it, it's not a commuter.
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If you can't run fenders on it, it's not a commuter.
that's weird. somehow, i still manage to commute on my fenderless mark v.

...besides, race blade (?) fenders can go where others can't.
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Anything can be a commuter if you don't mind getting a wet ass

Actually I find a MTB rack serves double duty as a fender
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V-brakes are fine until you want to go to something besides mountain bike bars, then you're stuck with either 287V levers or those icky-ass Travel Agent pulleys.

Cantilevers or bust.
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x2 on the disk brake. If you're putting a lot of rainy/sludgy miles on it, then you
'll eat through pads, and subsequently rims, very quickly.
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x2 on the disk brake. If you're putting a lot of rainy/sludgy miles on it, then you
'll eat through pads, and subsequently rims, very quickly.
x3. Next incarnation of my main bike will have disc brake only cross fork - just for this reason.
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x3. Next incarnation of my main bike will have disc brake only cross fork - just for this reason.
thanks for the comments...

It's just that I have a pair of Shimano V brakes and levers lying around and I thought I'd try those out first before moving up to discs. Building a wheel with a disc hub is not a problem, I've got a Park stand and have built wheels for my road and mountain bikes. The Nashbar XC forks already have tabs on them for discs if I go that way, removing the V brake studs is trivial.

I was never too confident with the dual pivot calipers on my road bike even with Kool Stop pads and I hardly ever spend time on the drops so flat or riser bars are ideal for me.

I've got to come with the $ to get the bike though
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I find that those old centerpull brakes work pretty good. You know what I'm talking about? These:

If you've never used them before they bolt on like normal brakes and don't require any special studs or anything. All you need is the cable guides to run the cable down to them.

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I still have those when calipers! they came on a 70's era Viscount frame with a bottom bracket that's shot and can't be replaced. I was going to build up the Viscount frame but the bottom bracket's the deal breaker.
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I got a Rob Roy so it's a CX frame and fork w/ a front V-brake. I pulled the rear brake cuz it's fixed gear. If it was SS, I'd leave the rear brake on. I can also mount fenders and a rack.
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I still have those when calipers! they came on a 70's era Viscount frame with a bottom bracket that's shot and can't be replaced. I was going to build up the Viscount frame but the bottom bracket's the deal breaker.
yeah I have mine off an old schwinn. they may not be as good as Vbrakes or disks but they seem to brake a little better then standard sidepulls for me.
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for disc use, the surly 1x1 fork fits a big 700c tire (even though its made for 26") and has disc mounts.
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that's weird. somehow, i still manage to commute on my fenderless mark v.

...besides, race blade (?) fenders can go where others can't.
i ran sks full fenders on my mark v this winter. it's all about the zip ties.
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