Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: north bergen, nj
Bikes: cannondale caad 8 custom
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help! new frame/650b/or new fork
hard to find the appropriate forum for this, but touring people seem to have the mix of knowlage required.
i recently built up a soma smoothies es as a sport tour with fenders. my goal was to have a comfortable do all bike for 70% road and 30% mixed terrain riding i do. it is a requirement to have fenders. i have everything how i like it except for the tires. i am riding 700x32 paselas which is the maximum size i can fit with fenders and my surly pacer fork. i could probably get a 35 pasela on the back if i switched from sks p35s to 45s.
the problem is for gravel and dirt riding at 200 lbs i feel i really need the 35s for the extra cushion. i have a tendency to take the path less travled and push the limits of my tires
so here are the options
1. convert to 65ob and using 650x 38s. requires new wheels brakes and fenders.
2.get a touring fork. requires fork, and fenders, i already have a set of shorty 4 cantis.
is this weired cantis in front and caliper in back
3.get a cross frame. requires frameset, and another set of cantis
i am most interested in options 1 and 2 because of cost and time