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    Front Disc Only

    I am going to be getting a 29er and would like to use a flip-flop hub on the back so that I can ride fixed on the road and freewheel off. I was thinking that I would outfit the bike with a single disc brake up front, but have heard some descent on the matter. So, does anyone run a setup like this? Maybe I should ride with two discs and stick with a freewheel while on the road as well.

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    I.....

    I think it sounds like a good idea. I still like a rear brake on My fixie Myself though. (Mine is a rim brake so no "flip-flop" issues)

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    front only is fine fixed, but if youre going to be running a freewheel it would be better to have a rear brake as well. just run a mullet.
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    Well, a flip flop is the easiest way and most of your braking is on the front, but if off road or on a slippery surface the back is important. So if you run it fixed all the time no need for a rear brake. If you run it freewheel without a back brake it make become tricky if you encounter gravel, snow, ice, wet weather.
    My opinion of the best two ways to accomplish your goal:
    Flip-flop with rim brake
    Or disc hub with a freehub sprocket drilled to bolt onto the disc brake adapter, making it a flip flop that can also be run disc. This is my plan for the Karate Monkey I'm building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    Or disc hub with a freehub sprocket drilled to bolt onto the disc brake adapter, making it a flip flop that can also be run disc. This is my plan for the Karate Monkey I'm building.
    why go to all the trouble that would entail rather than just running a mullet?
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    What is a mullet (besides the crazy haircut)?

    I used to run disc up front and vee in the back on an old hardtail that I had. I personally didnt mind it at all. Most of your stopping power is up front and a good vee brake in the rear was plenty of stopping power for even a big (230lbs) guy like me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Hoefer
    What is a mullet
    disc front/v rear
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    why go to all the trouble that would entail rather than just running a mullet?
    It's not much trouble really. I ride in snow all winter and like the disc brake advantages. All the stopping in winter is done with the rear.

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    Disc front V rear so that I can run fixed/free too. For this reason I hate the way nearly all SS frames are going to disc only rear. A V brake has more than enough power for the rear - all the significant braking from speed is done on the front anyway.







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    Another vote for a mullet. (never heard that term, but really like it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by felixdale
    Disc front V rear so that I can run fixed/free too. For this reason I hate the way nearly all SS frames are going to disc only rear. A V brake has more than enough power for the rear - all the significant braking from speed is done on the front anyway.
    Good logic, gorgeous bike! Are there more pictures of it posted here on MTBR that I have missed?
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    Thanks felixdale! I'm inspired. I have a fixed/free CrossCheck and a fixed Willits Scorcher, and want to try a fixed MTB. I might do this with my Inbred 29er so I can do the fixed / free rear wheel with the fixed disc cog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Upchuck
    Another vote for a mullet. (never heard that term, but really like it)
    nice ride chuck. say... how you diggin the mary bars? im running the titec jones on my fixed monkey and love it but was thinking about trying the mary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    nice ride chuck. say... how you diggin the mary bars? im running the titec jones on my fixed monkey and love it but was thinking about trying the mary.
    I really like the Mary bar. I'm running them on two SS bikes. Only two things I don't like, a little narrow for steep, grinding climbs and a little too much sweep with a rigid fork when descending really rocky terrain.

    I just picked up a FloWing and swapped out the Mary on the bike in the photo. Haven't had a chance to take it out for a proper test ride yet.
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    another .... mullet

    I am really satisfied too, also new to this term "mullet" but has a point
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    Mullet: all business up front, party in back.

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    "Mullet: all business up front, party in back."

    Reminds me of a girl I once knew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekkamaki
    "Mullet: all business up front, party in back."

    Reminds me of a girl I once knew.
    I thought that was "Poker in the front, Liquor in the rear".
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    I run a WI ecc ENO hub with a Paul motolite V-brake in the rear with an Avid BB7 disc up front. This works great for me.

    I would have to agree with Monogod that if you plan on going offroad you will need a rear brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    It's not much trouble really. I ride in snow all winter and like the disc brake advantages. All the stopping in winter is done with the rear.
    ah, so then youre not swapping cog for disc much?

    if youre riding in inclement weather you should be riding it fixed as you have much better control over your bike in the snow and ice. your front brake also handles quite a bit of the stopping duties even in the muck of winter. even in the snow one doesnt actually NEED a rear brake riding fixed.

    if you want to run fixed with a disc you can run a ghetto fix on a disc fw hub, or get a track/fix flipflop hub and run an atom labs disc brake adapter on the fw side. its an iso disc carrier that spins onto the fw side so you can run a rear disc on a fixed bike. about $20 from atom labs.
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    heres one of the monkey. front brake only since its fixed and one heck of a fun bike on the gnar-gnar trails.

    one of the nice things about the titec h bar is the rear brake takes about 3 minutes to install when i do freewheel it. no need to remove left grip.
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    I run dual cable disc brakes. When I go fixed, I just pull the disc caliper and cable, leaving the lever on the bar.

    You probably want to ride the road to the trail though. I'd just run fixed/fixed and call it good.

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    I run a mullett setup on my 7 SS. Love it. I run Avid Mech disk up front for business and Avid ti V in the back for the party. Works great. I would not recommend not running a rear brake if you're gonna have the freewheel set up. I lost my rear brake in a race 2 weeks ago and rode like S&$T!!
    not recommended unless you're on the road, but you might have a disk only frame, in which case, I wouldn't go there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upchuck
    I thought that was "Poker in the front, Liquor in the rear".
    and i thought that was "1 in the pink, 2 in the stink"

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanceh
    and i thought that was "1 in the pink, 2 in the stink"
    only if you're upside down.

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