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Old 01-12-12, 12:41 PM   #1
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Is my Trek 800 a good enough Xtracycle platform?

I sold my car a few months ago and I'd like to get an Xtracycle for touring and hauling larger loads (and my girlfriend). My commuter is a rescued Trek 800 from the late 80s or early 90s. It's strong and in good shape but I'm wary of not having the option of a disc brake in the front since there are a few decent hills here in Little Rock.

I can stick one on the rear thanks to the Xtracycle frame having disc mounts but I know most braking power comes from the front and my front fork lacks disc mounts and I'm having trouble finding a steel fork with a 1" steer tube and disc mounts.

Will a V brake in the front and disc in the back be enough or should I find another platform? Or better yet, do you know where I can find a 1" steer tube fork with disc mounts that's built for a 26" wheel?
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Old 01-12-12, 05:59 PM   #2
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Too much focus on disc brakes. Peopel think they can not do without them. A modern hub (roller) brake is great. If you think it is not enough add a rim brake to the same wheel. You can get brakehandels that pull two cabels.
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v-brake and be done with it
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I had v-brakes all the way around for a long time (until the rims wore out, which were well used when placed on the xtracycle) when I lived in Knoxville, I lived at the top of a very steep and kind of long hill that I have went down with quite a bit of weight, the only limiting factor for my stopping distance was traction.

Also keep in mind when you have very heavy loads with an xtracycle you tend to use your rear brake much more than you would on a regular bike, the added stress on the front wheel causes a lot more flex in the fork and with the weight of 50+ pounds of cargo on the back you have a lot of grip in the rear. Actually I could ride all but the steepest hills with just a rear brake.
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I had v-brakes all the way around for a long time (until the rims wore out, which were well used when placed on the xtracycle) when I lived in Knoxville, I lived at the top of a very steep and kind of long hill that I have went down with quite a bit of weight, the only limiting factor for my stopping distance was traction.

Also keep in mind when you have very heavy loads with an xtracycle you tend to use your rear brake much more than you would on a regular bike, the added stress on the front wheel causes a lot more flex in the fork and with the weight of 50+ pounds of cargo on the back you have a lot of grip in the rear. Actually I could ride all but the steepest hills with just a rear brake.
I'd be willing to bet that either Cantilever or V-brakes would do just fine on flat terrain like here in Houston. In fact, I've salted a '90's rockhopper away for the purpose of Xtracycling it once funds allow. I'm not in that great of hurry as I have a Trike for Groceries and handles very heavy loads out to 5 miles.
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Thanks for the input everyone!
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