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Converting non-disk frame to disk and other questions

v23v23 Posts: 217
edited February 2009 in MTB workshop & tech
I think this question has probably been asked a fair few times, but I can't find a suitable answer using search.

I'm considering doing some stuff to my old 99 bonty frame. One of these being converting it to disk, has anyone successfully converted an old non-disk steel frame to disk, if so how easy was it and at what price?

I'm also probably going to have it resprayed, would I need to get the BB faced?

And singlespeeded, is it possible to do this on a vertical dropout frame without, what I consider, the messy tensioner?

Thanks.

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  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,588
    v23 wrote:
    I'm considering doing some stuff to my old 99 bonty frame. One of these being converting it to disk, has anyone successfully converted an old non-disk steel frame to disk, if so how easy was it and at what price?
    None of my business, but I wonder why you want to use discs ? I run XTR V-brakes on my '96 Proflex and they are outstanding - massive bite, rock-solid feel, hugely progressive and apart from the occasional set of M70R2 pads they require no maintenance. OK the disc brakes on my other bikes are ultimately more powerful but I always think they are a solution to a problem that didn't exist. Just my 2p.
  • v23v23 Posts: 217
    To be honest it's for the look more than anything, and to know whether it's feasible.
  • Will SnowWill Snow Posts: 1,154
    Not really. The frame is designed to take the loads presented by discs. Plus its be a pig of a job, and not alot of people would haver the tools/inclination to do it.

    Yes. Just makes sense.

    No. But saying that, Im sure someone will suggest some crazy device that will allow you too.
    i ride a hardtail
  • Talking of crazy devices... :lol: DM-UNI from a2z will convert your back end discs

    http://www.a2zcomponents.com/ada.htm and look under "Others"
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  • argos racing will do the entire job, replace dropouts and respray.

    not cheap though.
  • jaysonjayson Posts: 4,606
    Why got to all that hassle and expense on an old frame when Merlin have a 40% discount on Rock Lobster and Merlin frames, all of which are disc ready. The malt 1 frame can be had for £84 which really is pocket money while a Lobster alloy frame is reduced to £180 which is a steal for such a high quality frame.
  • v23v23 Posts: 217
    jayson wrote:
    Why got to all that hassle and expense on an old frame when Merlin have a 40% discount on Rock Lobster and Merlin frames, all of which are disc ready. The malt 1 frame can be had for £84 which really is pocket money while a Lobster alloy frame is reduced to £180 which is a steal for such a high quality frame.

    Because I've had the frame for 10 years, I really like it. It's effectively a classic, I'd just like to show it a bit of TLC and bring it a bit more up to date.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    v23

    can you take a picture of the "disc" side drop out plöease.

    So that i can see an inch or two of the chain and seat stay as well as the drop out.

    cheers.
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