Thursday, August 11, 2011

A tale of three brakes (and bikes)

James wanted a bike that would feel great on the road, rock the dirt roads, and keep him dry during the spring melt. He also wanted simplicity. Shimano BR-650. Room for a Michelin Jet or 25s with Honjo 35 mm fenders.

Lyen wanted a bike that would spend a lot of time on dry fire roads with big tires, keep the mud off of him with slightly smaller tires on wet dirt road days, and would still feel great in a paceline. Pauls Racer. Room for something massive without fenders and easily 30s with Honjo 43 mm fenders.

Justin wanted a bike that he could mount up some 23s on for some fast road riding on up to some fat knobbies if he was in the mood for some trails. Pauls Medium Racer. Tons of room and good looks. 

Gentlemen, thank you very much to each of you for the opportunity to build these bikes!


Tim said...

What about one of those brakes on a dedicated cross race bike?

Downsides: More nooks to get clogged with grass and mud, less mud clearance both side to side and upwards. Upsides: similar or better upwards and side to side clearance than mini-vs, better power than cantis and no shudder...

Tim said...

Actually I take back "no shudder" for those Paul's brakes. I would guess those would still shudder given the "suspended" brake line.

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