sad news, i found cracks in both chainstays. living in southern china, largest frame
here is 17"...but i can order a 19". my former mtb is a 23" diamondback. i've located
apparently the only other 23" frame in china (yes, they are made here, but only for
export), an alu frame with no brake studs. disc only, chainstay mounts.
i can transfer some of the components, along with the v-brakes on the heavy, steel
fork (21cm headtube). the fork has a disc mount, but.......
i'm not doing much heavy touring, usually around 10 kg on the rear rack. lots
of rough roads, cobbles, landslides, jungle. v-brakes have sufficient stopping power
for that load and my 85kg. we have long slopes here..... sometimes a 32km rise,
followed by a constant 32-km descent.
a disc would be nice during monsoon season. i'd be afraid of a disc in front as i
imagine it'd be too easy to lock up the front wheel, especially in the wet. on the
rear, less chance of overheating the rim on those long descents. and maybe less
mud scraping off the v-brakes and dropping into the chain.
v-brakes on the front would eliminate the disc dishing problem, and would give
me a system i can get spares for in almost any tiny village hardware store.
what would be the advantages/disadvantages to a mixed system....with the v-brake
in the front and disc in the rear? anyone tried this setup?