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Old 05-01-11, 10:34 PM
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upgrade or buy brand new?

I've been having trouble on this issue of whether or not to upgrade my bike to accommodate for disc brakes, or just buy an entire new cyclocross bike altogether. Also i will be using this to just commute in the city.

On one hand, i like my old frame (scattante xrl comp, blue), it'll be cheaper in total to buy a new fork, some avid road bb5, and a disc brake adapter (something like this maybe https://bicyclesupply.amazonwebstore....source=froogle) and i won't have to find someone on craigslist to buy my bike. But also i might come up with some technical issues i may have overlooked that won't workout with my bike (the rotors being too big possibly? Adapter won't work?)

I can do the above, or just sell my entire bike and get this https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ane/outlaw.htm
Although i'm usually for functionality over looks, i like how my old frame looks, and i don't know if or how the difference in geometry will affect me (will a higher bb height and a more relaxed angle of 2 degrees even change the ride?). The motobecane frame can also fit bigger tires if needed.

Any thoughts or suggestions i should consider? I'm moving to disc brakes because i don't like the braking performance of my rim brakes, and its just less maintenance and more power, especially in rain or winter conditions.
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Old 05-01-11, 11:54 PM
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You will get better braking performance on your existing bike by switching to mini v brakes. If you really want to go all out use some koolstop salmon pads too. By far the cheapest option.

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https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...to-fork-judder

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Kool Stop salmons is a good suggestion.

If you must have discs, consider only putting them on the front. Save $$ and that's where you need the power. You will be able to lock up your rear in the wet with the the kool stops.

Be sure to get the right discs to work with your existing calipers. There is a BB7 Road model and I think a BB5 Road. If you do not specify, you will probably get the "standard" MTB model which is set up for a different lever throw.
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Old 05-02-11, 01:32 PM
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i already am using the kool stop pads, they work great until my rim + brake pad gets dirty, and in the rain/snow i still don't stop as much as i would like to. Mini v's would not work on my bike because i need something compatible with my levers, which are short pull and correct me if i'm wrong mini v's still use long pull levers? Also using disc brakes i don't have to clean the brake pad debris off the rim, the wheel's trueness would be independent of the braking, and in total less maintenance.

i have thought about getting just changing the front fork+wheel, and though that would be the cheapest option i feel i might as well go all the way and get both wheelsets + disc brakes sets. Any more suggestions are more than welcomed.
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No, mini v's are designed to work with short pull levers. Some work better than others and they do have to be set close to the rim.
There are lots of threads discussing them in the cross forums. I myself have never used them, but I am just about through with cantis. The stopping power is more than enough for me, I just can't deal with the fork shudder and difficult set up.
I don't care for discs on road bikes, too much stopping power for me. I like a little mush in my braking.

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I really like the disc brakes on my CX bike. I'm not sure whether they're less maintenance or not, though. They work very well in the rain.

Personally, I'd sell the current bike and get a new one. It's going to be less headache in the long run - hopefully - and you'll be more satisfied when all is said and done. Plus, you won't mess up the bike's handling by getting a fork that has weird geometry or something.
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Yes, if you are hell bent on discs just sell the bike. Personally I would first try some $12 tektro mini v's on just the front to see if you like them. At $12 you can't lose.

Your wheels should be true no matter what kind of brakes you have.

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