Inspiration needed, show me your 700 wheel sized commuter. With disk brakes.
I went for the off the peg option.
2012 Spesh Crosstrail sport disc for £500
I swapped the pedals for dmr V8s and the tyres for schwalbe land cruisers.
Rides a lot like an mtb, feels very stable and can be thrown around when necessary.
Wheels aren’t exactly tough but they don’t need to be. The bike as a whole is rather heavy but after stripping it down I discovered that’s mostly down to the poor quality suntour fork…quite tempted by a upgrade but waiting til the current fork dies. The discs were a must have for me and I’ve been very happy with the tektro dracos that came fitted.
Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
Two more different bikes you couldnt get – roadrats flexy like a banana(in a comfy way although it doesnt like being loaded heavy and standing) and the genisis is stiff as hell.
both weigh about 30lbs both are utilitarian in that they have done 5000km each without much more than a dicht with the hose.Posted 4 years agoSaccadesMember
Alfine’d Pompino mk1 with alfine hydro brake.
Set up for everything (inc towing the kids) and does everything well.
15mile each way commute.
Towing kids around the local woods.
Popping down to the pub.
Have changed the Pave tyres for some more commuter based ones after glass in the pub shredded the rear tyre.
Posted 4 years ago
No ‘own’ photos of ours yet (mine still hasn’t arrived either 👿 ) but I am getting this
billboard for canondalebike:
and if you want smaller and pinker to match your gloves, Millie has been raving about this (and ignored her road and mountain bikes altogether) since she got it:
-much more upright than a road bike but still rides fast enough, nice spec, fully mudgard/rack-able and has lovely tiagra-equivalent shorter reach sti’s and road bb7’s.
But I would definitely look at a Salsa Vaya. Some bike shop or other on ebay is selling a complete build brand new one in orange for £800, 56 cm iirc. put a shorter stem on that and it would be just the job for you. 😀Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
Reassuringly solid. Armoured tyres, steel frame and fork, 29er wheels.
Good for hitting potholes in traffic, stopping fast, turning fast and even riding down the steps out side the Baltic Art Gallery when they close the bike path.Posted 4 years agoBen_HSubscriber
I ride a Cotic X:
It’s a mix of 105 go, Avid BB5 stop and XT / TN719 / Conti GP 4 Season tyres. It’s been great for me over the last 2 years, although when I replace it I will get a frame with proper rack mounts. (There are lower mounts on the X, but they are miniscule and I haven’t been able to find a way to fit any lower-mounted rack with the BB5 calliper).Posted 4 years ago
Ben_H, topeak do a disc rack for 29ers which has l-shaped bits at the bottom that clear most disc brakes: am looking at this for the caadx (if it ever turns up at the shop!), and salsa do lovely seatclamps with top rack mounts welded on the back. M-part/madison do too but not sure of the range of sizes.Posted 4 years ago
same bike showing how i mounted the rack – that set up was good for our tour from north of shetland back to aberdeen and 2 years of commuting so far – i used the same rack in a similar set up when we toured NZ
as long as you space both sides out by equal ammounts all is good in the world.Posted 4 years agoMTB-IdleMember
Prince Albert 720 with 700c wheels and disc hubs
rides like an MTB with road wheels. Not as fast as my road bikes due to lower gearing and higher riding position but it does the job when required.
It also got my youngest up the Col de la Madeleine in July (as well as Alpe d’Huez and La Semnoz)
Posted 4 years agoBen_HSubscriber
Ben_H, topeak do a disc rack for 29ers which has l-shaped bits at the bottom that clear most disc brakes: am looking at this for the caadx (if it ever turns up at the shop!), and salsa do lovely seatclamps with top rack mounts welded on the back.
I tried the Topeak rack – it fits fine on the drive side, but fouls the brake side because the mount is placed so close to the dropout cowl (which protrudes and prevents the square end of the Topeak mount getting close enough to the mount). I’ve also tried a QR-axle adapter from Tubus and had the same problem!
The more I think about it, perhaps I’m wrong in my interpretation of them being lower rack mounts (maybe they’re just mudguard mounts).Posted 4 years agobillytinkleMember
Are they Velo Orange guards on that ?
If not what are they ?
They are indeed. I really didn’t rate the SKS Longboards I had before these – the internal stay mounts let water build up like a dam.
Nothing’s perfect though, I much prefer the VO guards (these are the stainless steel version), but I find it really could do with an additional strut on the front due to the front projection – however it’s really only noticable on very rough roads so I can put up with it.Posted 4 years ago
@jamie, they are pretty hideous, non? Whole caadx range is similarly loud, like someone built up a generic/random framed bike and wanted everyone to think it was actually a cannondale by sticking REALLY HUGE LOGOS all over it. Is this so people can still see what it is when you are covered in mud at the end of a race? More i think about it, the more i think i might colour in the letters a slightly lighter shade of bleu or maybe black, and clear/heli tape over the lot…Posted 4 years agoJamieMember
@jamie, they are pretty hideous, non? Whole caadx range is similarly loud, like someone built up a generic/random framed bike and wanted everyone to think it was actually a cannondale by sticking REALLY HUGE LOGOS all over it. Is this so people can still see what it is when you are covered in mud at the end of a race? More i think about it, the more i think i might colour in the letters a slightly lighter shade of bleu or maybe black, and clear/heli tape over the lot…
Ah, so it’s a Cannondale. Weird they don’t let people know that.
….I was looking at the CAAAAADX, and as well as it not being in stock, I was a little put off by the billboardyness of it.Posted 4 years agomarvincooperMember
Loving my Kaffenback – discs and 28c tyres are brilliant on my commute which is miles and miles of bumpy narrow lanes. Much better than my old Spesh Secteur.
It is quite heavy but I don’t care. I’ve now fitted SKS longs and a Carradice SQR Slim bag, both of which are superb.Posted 4 years ago
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