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Sim-works Dirty Rhonda stem
 

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16568
Location: Portland, OR

3/23/18 9:05 PM

Sim-works Dirty Rhonda stem

This is a kinda cool functional piece, IMO.




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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4132
Location: Nashua, NH

3/25/18 7:42 AM

It has an industrial quality to it

However, I don't know why anyone would choose to build a bike with cantilever brakes with all of the better choices on the market.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16568
Location: Portland, OR

3/25/18 10:08 AM

Funny you should say that. The Saga I just cobbled got canti along with a lot of drawer parts. They stop an modulate better than i recall when tbey got removed in favor of mini-vee in the Salsa chilli con kermit. Maybe due to the stout steel frame/fork?

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16568
Location: Portland, OR

3/25/18 1:06 PM

Rodeo Labs

Check out what these folks are up to. I am liking their take.

http://www.rodeo-labs.com/


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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4132
Location: Nashua, NH

3/25/18 1:49 PM

While I love the look of classic lugged steel frames...

...I just can't get excited about steel for a new bike. To me, it's just a rather uninteresting anachronism, although I can appreciate the artistry, craftsmanship and innovation of some builders who are using it.

If I wanted a cost-effective frame, I'd rather have aluminum (lighter, likely less expensive and the latest crop ride beautifully). If I wanted higher-end metal, Ti is a better way to go IMO (lighter, more durable, better vibration damping). For the best combination of light weight, stiffness, compliance/comfort and overall performance, I'll take carbon.

However, it's great that we have choices and can select whatever makes us happy. Vive la difference!

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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2489
Location: hillbilly heaven

3/25/18 4:35 PM

My experience with stem mounted stops is that they lead to fork chatter. I prefer a fork with the crown drilled and to mount a canti stop there. I've never had fork chatter with a crown mounted stop.

I have Paul cantis and I prefer them to disc brakes or mini Vs. I have 3 sets of wheels with different tires mounted, and it's easy to alternate between then. With discs I would need the same hubs and rotors to insure I would not need to tweak something at each change. I do have the same rims on all 3 wheel sets so no tweaks needed. I just like the simplicity of canti.

Can that stem be flipped upward?

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16568
Location: Portland, OR

3/25/18 4:43 PM

"Can that stem be flipped upward?"

I am going to guess yes and no. No if the cable is getting routed through top due to the angle needing to be parallel to the steerer. Yes with the dangle/hanger under cable stop setup.

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Anthony Smith
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 840
Location: Ohio

3/27/18 7:02 AM

Nothing new

I've set up canti's by drilling the stem for a stop on the front and drilling the seatpost for a stop on the rear since the 1970s

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 2919
Location: Midland, MI

3/28/18 4:47 PM

Old days

Yup. I first saw this in the spring of 1972 on a Fuji Finest. I don't think it was a factory job; the rider did it himself.

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