Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
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Retrofiting an old Dawes with discs?
Asides from having a new fork with disc capability you'll also need a disc mount brazed to rear. Then the disc wheels and the actual disc brakes . . . you may even have to respace the rear dropout opening to the proper disc wheel width.
Upgrading to STI would still be a bit pricey, but not everyone wants STI.
We switched back from Dura Ace STI triple 9 speed to barcon shifters . . . less problematic/fussy ****ing for us.
Leave well enough alone, would not bother. Enjoy this tandem, then later on invest in a new one with the disc capabilties/frame.