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Disc brakes on commute bikes in rainy climates
Last Post 05/05/2016 08:57 PM by Kenny Gonzales. 11 Replies.
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05/03/2016 10:46 AM
I'm for 'em.

Moots came through with a new frame. Except for the dealings with the shop, it was a fun process. The build hinged on a decision made long ago with the old frame to have it fab'd with 135mm rear spacing with disc tabs. When I went to upgrade the wheels last fall, I went with mtn hubs and against the advice of forumites, went with the chris king hubs. My thinking was I was limited to the types of hubs and would never want to go to 11sp anyway and wanted totally user-serviceable hubs, 36 spoke rear for touring. Then the frame cracked and now with thru-axle, shimano hydraulic 11sp available, it would make a good build. However the kings can't be upgraded to 11sp so I was stuck with these really awesome wheels that have no market value except on the old frame. Luckily they can be upgraded to thru-axle. I had also just purchased the TRP hy/rd brakes, so I decided to upgrade the brifters and rear derailleur (to medium cage so I could run a 30t for touring). So it's all done. It's a nice refresh. My garage is back in balance again and I can ride a Moots any day of the week, rain or shine.

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05/03/2016 10:57 AM
Parts spec:
wheels: mavic a719 36h rear (42x12 ta), 32h front qr, chris king ISO hubs
ultegra 10sp, 50/34 cranks, 12-30t cassette
TRP hy/rd brakes
ritchey classic stem and seatpost
woundup cx fork
chris king headset and bottom bracket
time atacs carbon pedals
fizik antares saddle
3T ergonova pro bars (love the shape and feel of these)
jagwire sealed cable kits
lizard skin tape (the thick stuff, never need gloves with this stuff)
tanaka fenders
arundel cages
schwalbe marathon 28mm tires

Parts reused from the old frame (prior to start of upgrade last fall)
cranks, fork, pedals, fenders, cages.


05/03/2016 11:02 AM
Forgot: weight before fenders is 23.2lbs. About 3lbs more than my summer Moots.
Cosmic Kid


05/03/2016 11:11 AM
Mmmmmmm......bike pjorn.

Nice build, CP....well done!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


05/03/2016 12:46 PM
Orange Crush


05/03/2016 06:32 PM
commute bike eh?

that looks pretty close to my target for next winter road bike.



05/03/2016 08:28 PM
Wow! A thing of true functional beauty.



05/04/2016 05:59 AM
And it's legal in NYS with the bell!


05/04/2016 10:37 AM
Have you started shopping yet, OC? New or used? Price range?

Smokey, I am lost without that bell. Can ding it once from a distance to let a jogger know I am harmlessly passing. Ding twice so a group of joggers know they are hogging the path and I'd appreciate if they give some space. And repeated dings if someone appears clueless and dangerous. And seems to penetrate earbuds just fine.


05/04/2016 06:27 PM
sometimes legal is also effective. Not sure about the rules in Michigan, but if they are similar to NY, the officer involved in the posted event could have cited lack of signaling device instead of obstruction, and it might have held up on appeal.
Orange Crush


05/04/2016 06:57 PM
Posted By ChinookPass . on 05/04/2016 10:37 AM
Have you started shopping yet, OC? New or used? Price range?

Not yet and whatever I can get away with but likely around $2k CDN upset amount.
Gonzo Cyclist


05/05/2016 08:57 PM
Very Nice!! Discs are the only way to go in the rain, I have a drop bar 29er that I use as my bad weather / rainy day bike, and what I love about discs is no black brake pad grime from the rims!! First time I rode them in the rain, I was shocked at how clean my still was even after riding in a downpour

Been seeing Lynskey sales online, you can usually find a pretty sweet deal there when they do this
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