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    Is this a stupid Idea?

    I am set to buy a custom steel SS. I am deciding between Curtlo, Ground-Up, and DeSalvo.
    I want Disc brakes, and I do not want EBB.
    Am I crazy to build a custom SS with a tensioner? rennen seems so cool, and so easy to use. Why not? What options do I have?
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    An ENO ecc hub would seemto be the perfect solution for you. I would be a little leary about building a frame essentially around a hub, but I know people have done it and loved it. Go with whatever you'd think would work, but that's one option.

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    GroundUp makes a very nice sliding dropout set up. I'm sure both other builders could also use sliding d/os.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutarious
    I am set to buy a custom steel SS. I am deciding between Curtlo, Ground-Up, and DeSalvo.
    I want Disc brakes, and I do not want EBB.
    Am I crazy to build a custom SS with a tensioner? rennen seems so cool, and so easy to use. Why not? What options do I have?
    you can use discs on horizontal drops, so you know.

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    Paragon machine works

    makes sliding drop-outs that any one can buy. Tell your builder you want to use paragon drop-outs for disc brakes and they should fix you up. If they say they cant use them then you may want to look at another builder...
    the "ground-up" that wooglin showed looks like Paragon`s drop-outs..

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    Sure you COULD use a tensioner, but it pretty much just hangs there waiting to get snagged off, leaving you walking. I'm in the same boat, trying to figure out if my next SS gets a rear disc or not. I may go for a Vbrake rear and a disc front, just to make things simpler. Just out of curiosity, why do you reject the eccentric BB? Are they problematic?

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    Curtlo will build with Rohloff Sliding Dropouts

    I've talked with Doug about building a frame with the Paragon sliding dropouts, and he recommended the Rohloffs. I dig 'em, definitely wouldn't go the tensioner route.
    -Sean

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    Quote Originally Posted by thadthetroll
    makes sliding drop-outs that any one can buy. Tell your builder you want to use paragon drop-outs for disc brakes and they should fix you up. If they say they cant use them then you may want to look at another builder...
    the "ground-up" that wooglin showed looks like Paragon`s drop-outs..
    I second this. My next choice would be the ebb, but if you've had bad luck with them, I'd do the sliding dropouts. Seems like a killer solution.
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