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  1. #1
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    All-City Nature Boy Disc?

    Does anyone have experience with this bike yet? My beautiful Fuji Royale II singlespeed conversion was totaled after a collision with a car, and the shop giving me the insurance estimate has told me they'll be basing their quote on something functionally equivalent. I had my bike built up with a front drum brake (with plans for a 5-speed rear hub with drum brake), and I've been told that the bike being used for the purposes of the quote is the new Swobo Scofflaw. I did a bit of research, and that one doesn't appeal to me very much, in part because of the carbon fork. In my searches, I came across the disc version of the Nature Boy, and so far, that's the one in that price bracket/feature set that appeals to me the most.

    Nature Boy Disc | All-City Cycles

    It'll be used for all-around riding - I have an 18-mile round trip between home and work, mostly on city streets. My primary bike is a Bianchi Volpe, and the Fuji has served for the last few months as a backup and wet-weather alternative. I'm still planning to eventually switch to a 5-speed hub, but I'm a little stuck on whether to go with discs or drums like I'd originally planned. I understand that discs can be noisy in the rain, and one of the things I've really liked about the 90mm Sturmey Archer drum hub I've been using is how quiet and effective it is in wet weather.

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    Probably get a lot more action over in the gravel/rec cyclocross section.

    I've got a bike with a tektro draco system. It doesn't care what the weather is like, sometimes it is perfectly quiet, sometimes it howls like a squirrel giving birth to a cow. When the rotor is clean, it makes noises less frequently. While I absolutely love the ridiculously easy one-finger stopping and linear modulation when it's working right, the trade off isn't worth it yet. That bike mostly takes up space in the garage.

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