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Topic: Light weight commuting bike with disc brake

Posted on: 21st Oct 2015 5:52 AM    Quote and Reply

Hi all, I am looking for a light weight and convinient commuter bike, hope can get some advise here.

I ride about 10km for commuting every day. Was using my Road Bike but rainny day really annoy me. Slippy road, V brake not working in wet, frame+brakepad+rim+chain+drivetrain get dirty need to clean+degrease+grease again everyday in raining season, and of course my carbon frame and wheels.

I change to MTB for its disc brake but the bike just too slow and bulkly, really don't like it.

I was thinking of some kind of flat bar road bike with:
1) Disc brake for wet condition
2) Single chain ring (around 40t) x 7/8/9 speed maybe
3) Fixie/Vintage-like frame for light weight
4) Able to support 700c X 28/30mm semi slick tyres that able to clock some speed in dry yet reliable in wet.
5) Weight around 10kg or less
6) Budget around 500

Is there any complete bike I should look out? Or it's better to custom build one?

Thanks all.
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Posted on: 21st Oct 2015 2:03 PM    Quote and Reply


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Posted on: 21st Oct 2015 3:44 PM    Quote and Reply


Use the JAVA CL series of mini velo.

1) Disc brake = check
2) single chainring - check
3) mini velo frame 
4 ) small tires though
5) 10kg or less = check
6) 500 budget = maybe 2nd hand


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Posted on: 22nd Oct 2015 9:29 AM    Quote and Reply


Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Java mini velo doesn't have mounting holes for a rear rack?
Unless TS wishes to carry a backpack whilst commuting.

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Posted on: 22nd Oct 2015 11:16 AM    Quote and Reply


can buy those QR on seat post one, not a concern regarding racks

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Posted on: 22nd Oct 2015 1:41 PM    Quote and Reply


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"Formerly posted by joule: Use the JAVA CL series of mini velo.

1) Disc brake = check
2) single chainring - check
3) mini velo frame 
4 ) small tires though
5) 10kg or less = check
6) 500 budget = maybe 2nd hand


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thx for all the suggestions, but I would like to get a bigger wheel for faster speed (700cc wheelset. can go above 30kmh)

My current plan is :
- frame that support disc brake
- Rear disc brake only
- Cheap rodie carbon fork no need disc brake
- OEM carbon seat post+stem+hendle bar
- Zee single speed groupset
- a lightweight 700cc wheels 

budget can up to $700 if needed

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Posted on: 22nd Oct 2015 3:41 PM    Quote and Reply


I find that's its difficult. 

complete bikes are most of the time cheaper than custom bikes, unless the bike has been customeized by the previous owner

by the way, the small wheel = slower is just a myth

the large wheel bikes like roadies are faster because their owners pedal faster and their position is lower

believe me, I commuted with a JAVA FIT and a hybrid 700c and a road bike

Road bike fastest, JAVA FIT next and hybrid last

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Posted on: 22nd Oct 2015 5:44 PM    Quote and Reply


Actually seems u are using for commune no need to get those performance kind and speed is your least concern and comfort should be first concern.  If budget is not a concern, U can actually get those internal speed hub and with belt kind. There are a few models from avanti or focus. Because u do not have to care for internal speed hub and belt after a rainy ride.. some points to take note while deciding

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Posted on: 29th Oct 2015 11:38 PM    Quote and Reply


this is a good scenario for all bikes:

Cheap
Good ride
Light

you can pick any two for your bike, but there is no such thing as all three in one :)


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Posted on: 30th Oct 2015 12:16 PM    Quote and Reply


for foldies, i dont recommend disc brakes, unless u only fold up your bike once in a blue moon. the reason is that sometimes while folding the bike u may damage the rotors without knowing it, which leads either to another replacment or extra hours in adjusting it.

Of course if u using a larger foldie, like montague or dahon jack or tern joe, then can use , cause u need the stopping power for a large bike

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