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Old 10-14-07, 03:26 AM
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Add Brakes to Fuji Track Pro?

Hi Guys,
I just got a Fuji Track Pro yesterday. It is my first fixed gear bike. I want to ride on the streets and I am a total noob so I need brakes. Is there any way I can add brakes to this bike? It isn't drilled for brakes, so I don't know what to do. I know this bike is supposed to be strictly for track, but I got such a killer deal on it that I bought it to ride on the street and the track. I saw someone that got a custom fork and got front brakes. I would rather not do this. I want to keep this bike stock, but brakes is a must. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-14-07, 07:15 AM
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You need a new fork. Honestly, this is probably the last bike that a "total noob" should ride on the streets.
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Old 10-14-07, 08:46 AM
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lot of cheap drilled road forks available.
get a new fork.
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Old 10-14-07, 08:54 AM
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The front fork is designed for a brake, and is easily drilled if you have the blank on the fork for it.

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Originally Posted by Az B View Post
The front fork is designed for a brake, and is easily drilled if you have the blank on the fork for it.

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He's talking about a track pro, not a track. The track pro has a carbon fork.
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Old 10-14-07, 09:52 AM
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coaster brake?
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Old 10-14-07, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
coaster brake?
no no no no no no NO

You're going to have to buy a fork, sorry. That's why I got the Felt TK2 over the Track Pro
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A coaster brake is fine for a lot of people.
There are numerous people on this forum running only a coaster brake.
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Old 10-14-07, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Landgolier View Post
He's talking about a track pro, not a track. The track pro has a carbon fork.
Well, there'd be no need to drill the Track at all, so I think he's talking about the Track Pro. There's definitely a spot on the front fork where a hole would be on a non-track fork, and maybe it's drill-able, but that sounds pretty sketchy.
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Yeah I dunno, maybe just get a new fork and save the stock one for the track.
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Hey guys thanks for all the replies. This forum is great to be so helpful. I knew this was the last bike I needed for the street as a noob, but the deal I got at the bike shop was just too good to pass up. I wanted to get the Felt TK2 and bid on a great deal on Ebay, but got outbid at the last minute. Average winning bid on the 6 that were available were like $700 and they were all only used for a 3 day event. I got a never used 2006 Fuji Track Pro for $749. Nobody that wants a track bike could ever pass that deal up. Anyway, it sounds like I will have to buy a new fork, which is what the bike shop told me I would probably have to do. Although, the wishbone of the frame has a spot that looks like it was meant for drilling for a back brake. Am I wrong about that? That was my last hope to avoid a new fork. If I tried to ride this thing on the city streets without brakes this would be my last post.
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send me your track pro. you can have my old conversion.

seriously, though, you could have the fork drilled, swap it for a track fork with a brake hole, or swap it for a road fork. the last option would be simplest, but may affect the handling as the rake will differ. the second might take you more time to find a fork that you like and is in your price range, but you could find a fork from any 1 1/8" threadless track bike (more or less) that is drilled.
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There really are tons of decent carbon 1 1/8" road forks out there for less than $100, especially on eBay. You will have a VERY hard time finding a track fork for less than $200, and any fork you did find is unlikely to be drilled.

Seriously, it's either a new fork, or else finding a skilled mechanic to drill your current one.

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Old 10-14-07, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by snowrdr View Post
Hey guys thanks for all the replies. This forum is great to be so helpful. I knew this was the last bike I needed for the street as a noob, but the deal I got at the bike shop was just too good to pass up. I wanted to get the Felt TK2 and bid on a great deal on Ebay, but got outbid at the last minute. Average winning bid on the 6 that were available were like $700 and they were all only used for a 3 day event. I got a never used 2006 Fuji Track Pro for $749. Nobody that wants a track bike could ever pass that deal up. Anyway, it sounds like I will have to buy a new fork, which is what the bike shop told me I would probably have to do. Although, the wishbone of the frame has a spot that looks like it was meant for drilling for a back brake. Am I wrong about that? That was my last hope to avoid a new fork. If I tried to ride this thing on the city streets without brakes this would be my last post.
you really don't need the back brake if you are riding the bike fixed.
get a road fork
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Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
A coaster brake is fine for a lot of people.
There are numerous people on this forum running only a coaster brake.
I have tons of love for coaster-brakes...but it would be silly as a duck in pants on this bike.
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Originally Posted by kjohnnytarr View Post
I have tons of love for coaster-brakes...but it would be silly as a duck in pants on this bike.
why?
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Old 10-14-07, 03:25 PM
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Because there's no way a duck could fit on a Track Pro, even without pants.
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another member on here drilled his fork to install a front brake on his. its possible but you have to be careful. when i ordered mine our fuji rep told us that fuji basically left the fork undrilled on many of the track pros although some of the earlier 07 models had their forks drilled from the factory. if you take a look at the fork you can see that he mold they used allows the use of a front brake if there was hole there.

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http://bikeforums.net/showpost.php?p...ostcount=21217
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Wow, I stand corrected, that's gutsy. I'd just go with a new fork.
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didnt someone just show a diacompe clamp on style front brake? i gues one that goes around the steertube between the fork and the headtube?
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Originally Posted by thedips View Post
didnt someone just show a diacompe clamp on style front brake? i gues one that goes around the steertube between the fork and the headtube?
That's designed for a steel keirin fork, not a bladed carbon fork.
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Actually, Dia-Compe makes a bladed version too. Though I don't know if it would be the least bit safe to use on carbon forks. My gut would tell me no.
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Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
why?
A Track Pro with a coaster brake? Are you serious? "Crazier than a fish with titties" is the expression I would have used, but the point's the same.
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Originally Posted by DasProfezzional View Post
A Track Pro with a coaster brake? Are you serious? "Crazier than a fish with titties" is the expression I would have used, but the point's the same.
That may have been the expression I was looking for. It'd be like a Ferrari with a trailer-hitch -- it's just wrong, even if it is functional.
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Yah, and anyway, aren't they spaced 120mm in the back? Finding a coaster brake for that might be tough. The frame probably wouldn't like the stress either, and the attachment might not even fit over the stays. And there'd probably be a clearance issue. And even if it worked, it would still be a Track Pro with a coaster brake, and people would always be coming up to you in tears, asking why, why did you put a coaster brake on a Track Pro?
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