I like disc brakes. Everything about them appeals to me—from the way they perform to the brake feel to the aesthetics.
Building up a road frame that’s 10 years old means there’s no fitment for discs, so I explored some options for adding them to the rear frame dropouts. The most viable option looked like a mashup between turnbuckle hardware and a tailgate lift strut. Not the look I’m going for with this build.
I decided a front fork swap was the best option. Since I have another bike for inclement weather rides, I’m tearing a page from the fixie playbook and going with just a single, front brake.
My next challenge was finding a viable option for matched hubs. Many hours spent searching eBay listings, reviewing manufacturer’s web sites and online stores revealed few options for affordable, matching disc front and non disc rear setups. There are some sublime pieces available from manufacturers like Chris King, Industry Nine, and Tune that feature superb design, but part of my goal with this build is to keep the budget manageable by sourcing kit from eBay and craigslist. The combination of rarity and ace quality means prices for these options, even as second-hand parts, are pretty sublime too.
DT Swiss to the rescue. While browsing their site one day I came across their Hub Technology page. Turns out the engineers at this venerable component company have designed interchangeability into the hub line. What’s even better, the press fit design means no tools are required to break the hubs down—brilliant.
I sourced a 240s front disc hub and a 240s non disc rear from a mountain bike on eBay and ordered a road end piece to modify the OLD from 135mm to 130mm.