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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:48 pm 
Posh Mark
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I only have a very short commute when working in the office and to date have done that commute on foot and by bus.

However when a SS 26''project was canned in favour of a geared build I found myself with a spare frame :wink:

I had previously trialled 700c tyres in 26'' frames with reasonable success so it seemed a good pairing to try the IO with a spare set of disc ready road wheels.

Most bits for this have either come from the spares box or from STW.

Frame came to be in a well used state but a fresh powder coat in Kawasaki green has made it look brand new :D

Not bothering with decals as I like the look of the build as it it.

Frame is run with a shorter than usual fork (420mm rather than 440mm) with seemingly no ill effect. Photo is taken on a skew so makes it look steeper than it is. TT is horizontal to the ground.

Cable discs (AVID BB5 Road) are interesting :? not sure that they will stay.

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Needs a new chain as this one is recycled from Mrs LMTTM long neglected bike - hence condition :oops:

Its fairly heavy and wont set the world alight but I like it 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:02 pm 
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Ideal commuter ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:15 pm 
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saltyman wrote:
Ideal commuter ;)


Hopefully :D

I used to run my MTB road SS with 48x16 gearing but this time have gone with 42x15 ...... oh my knees :twisted: :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:47 pm 
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would you care to expand on the "interesting" BB5's?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:53 pm 
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BobCatMax wrote:
would you care to expand on the "interesting" BB5's?


Even when hydro disc brakes are new and the pads are yet to be bedded in their is a really positive feel to them - certainly has been the case with the ones I own/have owned.

These seem spongy by comparison. TBH I probably need to fettle then a little but first impressions are so so.

Just to be clear these are the road versions of the calipers designed for drop bar levers and canti levers - not a poor pairing of std calipers and drop bar levers.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:18 pm 
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that is interesting.

My Croix de Fer has BB7's and i was fairly unsure at the performance at first, but they're finally starting to bed in now. I think the back might be a little too good actually, nearly taken the knobbles off already!

This is my first experience with road discs, and a long time since cable discs on my mtb, so i can't really remember what to expect from them


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:25 pm 
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BobCatMax wrote:
that is interesting.

My Croix de Fer has BB7's and i was fairly unsure at the performance at first, but they're finally starting to bed in now. I think the back might be a little too good actually, nearly taken the knobbles off already!

This is my first experience with road discs, and a long time since cable discs on my mtb, so i can't really remember what to expect from them


It seems I have inadvertently build a bike already made by Genesis :oops: not seen a Croix de Fer before!

Will be trying cross tyres on mine soon.

Easily room for 35mm or more where the wheel is 8)


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im a fan of the BB7s, and know they are often rubbish until you get 100-200 mile on them then they are faultless, maybe the BB5s will be similar?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:01 pm 
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that would make sense salty, I'm probably up around the 300 mark now, and they're starting to feel like they bite nicely, but still have a little bit of modulation if i need it. not much though :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:06 pm 
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ahh but these are bb5's. they are cack. bb7's are much better.


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