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Old 03-03-05, 08:29 AM
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Does anyone know of a steel touring frame/fork with disc mounts for under $700, preferably well under $700? Sand is really killing my rims this winter, and I donít want to replace them every year. Thanks.

EDIT: A friend is coming to visit me from the States, so this frame will be purchased in America.
EDIT: 700c wheels are a must.

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Old 03-03-05, 08:34 AM
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ever thought about a 29" mountainbike frame? you can get a surly karate monkey for like 500....

the only bike i can think of with disks designed somwhat for road riding and touring that wouldn't break the bank might be the redline crossbike with disks but i think it is aluminumb.
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Haven't thought about a KM, but I don't think it would suit my needs. I need a long chainstay and rack mounts for my panniers. Plus, 29" rims would be next to impossible to find here should I need to replace one.
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You might want to browse the Soma website. Their mtb might work but you might have to run 26" tires. I dont know how the handling would be affected by 700's. http://www.somafab.com/
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a "29er" is the name they use to refer to a mtb with road size (700c) wheels.

your wheels would be roadbike sized.

here is the specs and a crazy bike built by none other than sheldon hisself... http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/s...te-monkey.html
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RE: surly's karate monkey

Last fall I was looking for a steel frame bike with disc brakes for commuting to work. The best value I could find was a Karate monkey frame I got off ebay for $350. I built it up single speed with Schwalbe big apple tires and so far I love it. My original intention was to use it for commuting for now, then when the trails opened up make it a 29er mountain bike. But I like it so much as a commuter, I think I'm going to dedicate it to that.

In terms of touring, I've never done any, but I could see myself using the KM for that, just because I love the ride and it fits me perfectly. But mounting racks with disc brakes can be problematic, though there are solutions, such as using clamps on seat stays instead of the frame's eyelets. Also, there are rack manufacturer's (Old Man Mountain, I believe) that make racks to accomodate disc equipped bikes. Of course, heel clearance on short chainstays might be a problem, as you mentioned. For the stuff I bring to work, I was going to look into something like the Carradice lowsaddle longflap seat mounted bag, to get over the potential rack mounting/heel clearance problem.

The other thing i've had to work out is fenders. Up here in the northeast the roads have been wet, salty, sandy, generally crappy all winter. Finding full coverage fenders for the disc equipped KM with fat tires is impossible, so I had to improvise a bit, using some old fat Moots 26' mtn bike fenders in the rear and a SKS shockblade Ithe size for 700c wheels) for the front.

Just some thoughts on the KM...
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
Does anyone know of a steel touring frame/fork with disc mounts for under $700, preferably well under $700? Sand is really killing my rims this winter, and I donít want to replace them every year. Thanks.

EDIT: A friend is coming to visit me from the States, so this frame will be purchased in America.
EDIT: 700c wheels are a must.
The Kona Sutra is your machine. It retails (frame only ) for $399. It's cromo, and disk ONLY. As a bonus, it has Kona's super-cool rear dropout system, which can be configured for horizontal dropouts for building a single speed, or kept with vertical dropouts.

2005 Kona Frameshop (Scroll Down a bit)

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The Kona Sutra is your machine. It retails (frame only ) for $399. It's cromo, and disk ONLY. As a bonus, it has Kona's super-cool rear dropout system, which can be configured for horizontal dropouts for building a single speed, or kept with vertical dropouts.

2005 Kona Frameshop (Scroll Down a bit)

I've been eyeballing the Sutra. Have you seen any info on max tire size and if it has seperate fender mounts?
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