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  • Speak to Simon, ask them to build with a Surly fork?

    Reasoning behind rim brake front disc rear is to make the most comfortable fork possible

  • Reasoning behind rim brake front disc rear is to make the most comfortable fork possible

    Thanks for confirming. Current thinking is extra comfort > a bit of extra stopping power.

    Considering Mercury Rolhoff or something custom from Stayer.

    Not in a rush for this so will spend some time pondering.

  • Is a V brake that bad?

  • I love my v’s and Rolhoff set up.

  • I'm suggesting it isn't that bad.

  • @ChasnotRobert, ah of course.

    I've been riding an Thorn 853 audax bike with Shimano R650 brakes and 9 speed Ultegra shifters and the braking performance is excellent. It's the best braking performance after discs and Vs. I was considering putting a disc fork and getting a tab brazed on the rear but not sure it will add much but dont think I need it will probably get the frame and forks sprayed and tart it up.

    It's also one of those frames built by Lee cooper with sealed tubes so I better give it shake to see if it's full of water!

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  • Thanks, hope it's all dry inside!

    I'm wanting reasonably fat tyres for this bike so it's either Vs or discs.

    How do you find the 853 frame? Thorn says the Mercury is 853 with 725 stays so I'm guessing will ride similar.

  • @ChasnotRobert, I hope it's dry inside too as I love it.

    I really like the ride but I'll be honest and say I'm no expert on frame material. I'm not 100% sure about the carbon fork so will swap back to the steel fork before deciding about respray and rebuild.

    Over on the Thorn forum there's much more talk about the ride quality of the various tubesets from folks who have had a lot of Thorns.

    If you're near E11 you're welcome to pop in for a socially distanced chat and even take it for a ride if it helps.

  • yes, buy a disc brake'd genesis or something

  • @amey you're the devil on my shoulder! I like the old frame with DP brakes and that's its hand made and fillet grazed.

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Thorn Cycles; SJS Cycles

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