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Rebuilding a 2005 1x1 frame (after I get it powdercoated in the near future). Bought it used, and the original owner had Avid BB7s on it. Would still like to use BB7's, but as I disassembled the bike, I realized that I have to remove the rear brake housing in order to remove the rear wheel.

That seems excessive-getting a flat on the rear would really suck.

Which made me think, Why not just run an old school cantilever brake on the rear and a BB7 up front?

Am I nuts?

And, just curious...do newer 1x1 frames not have this disc brake/rear wheel issue?
 

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Seems a lot simpler to me on that kind of bike to run canti-rear/disc front.

My pug I need to remove the caliper to pull the rear wheel but not the housing that does seem pretty crazy. My discs seem to go out of center enough that the occasional extra need to re-attach/re-center is not that much of a burden.
 

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Depends

What kind of rear hub do you intend to run? If you run any of the bolt-ons (King, I-9, Hope) you can remove the bolts all the way and just drop the wheel out of the bottom; no muss, no fuss. If you intend to run a hub with a threaded axle then you'll need to loosen the caliper to clear the disc probably, but I haven't personally seen an instance where you'd need to remove the caliper/housing.
 

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western high plains said:
Disc brakes are the anti-Christ. Do it.
:lol:

I think I'm gonna do it. Thanks for the feedback, y'all. Just pulled a boss from the fork and screwed it onto the rear.

Looks like I'll pull the trigger on a set of Avid Single Digit Ultimates.
 

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I have a Surly 1x1 with Surly hubs and do not need to remove the caliper or housing to take the rear wheel off. I just undo the bolts and slide it out the back. Not sure why yours won't I am running Hayes Nines for disk brakes.
 

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Wondering if the brakes I had on this frame were something funky considering the feedback. Will take a second look when I get the frame back...but I just dropped it off: baby's gettin' a nice acid bath and semi-gloss jet-black powder coating for Christmas.

With that and a few new black parts (2.7" Minion tires and Chris King No-Logo headset among them), this should be a nice stealth build.
 
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