Old 07-06-10, 12:59 PM
Al Downie
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Disk brakes would be fine as long as you buy mechanical (eg: Avid BB7) rather than hydraulic, AND take the rotors off the wheels if you're packing the bike onto a plane. Good pads last for ages, are lighter and smaller than canti blocks, and they don't damage your rims in dirty conditions.

The Tubus Logo rack (and similar) is designed to give plenty of heel clearance - the bag fits on a low rail that extends pretty far back.

Without wishing to blow my own trumpet - this beast served me very well in some very rough conditions, and I can't think of much that I'd change about it if I was going back into the same terrain.
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