I've started a new build, a fixed Raleigh Courier rebuild in fact.
The forks are proper old, and upon contemplation, Ive decided to go for a disc brake up front.
So on the shopping list are:
700c Disc brake specific forks
Disc brake specific wheels, or hubs to put onto Open Pros
Disc brake calliper and rotor
I have literally no idea where to start, havibg never even ridden on disc brakes, but having been on the Internet all day (Study Leave ) I've built up a brand base. So far, I've come accross:
Focale 44 is a fixed/commuter bike brand from BMX Groupment, an Andorra-based company that – you guessed it – specialises in BMX. This is the third year of producing fixie bikes, and there's a range of models, which seem to all be built around the same basic frame. This test bike is the Focale 44 Relax, a flat-barred commuter bike that the company places in the middle of its range.
If you're an urban rider in the market to make a serious style statement of the Italian variety and you likes your bikes in steel, the Wilier Ponte Vecchio could be for you. That said, this is Italian style of the full bore, unrestrained variety, Versace rather than Armani so it won't appeal to everybody. Unusually for a piece of Italian style it's very competitively priced too.
Genesis Flyer singlespeed/fixed road bike for sale
Original spec 58cm bike, Reynolds 520 tubeset & carbon forks, with the following changes/modifications:
Wheels rebuilt with DT Swiss RR415 32-hole rims, laced with DT Swiss Revolution spokes
Continental Ultra Gatorskin 700x23c tyres
Thorn 45T chainring (original 48T also included)
On-One 18T fixed sprocket and lockring (sits on opposite side of the hub to the 18T freewheel)
Elite bottle cage
Cinelli bar tape
Kona's Paddy Wagon has been around for a while and I reckon the current version is the best looking one yet with its beautifully understated paint job. Ever since it came out (in 2004 if I remember correctly), I've wanted to get my hands one.
Pace have been fettling a range of bikes, bits and clothing from inside their shed on the Yorkshire Moors for near on 25 years although you may never have heard of them as up till now it's all been about mountain bikes. Most notably aluminium mountain bike frames, including one that they won't be allowed to let lie, famously and iconically made from square tubing that mountain bikers of a rose-tinted persuasion get all damp around the chamois over. So for Pace to come out with a bike made of *gasp* steel, with *faint* round tubing brazed into a *fetch the smelling salts* road bike, is certainly an unexpected departure to some.