In between my own custom builds I am helping a customer convert his Surly Cross Check from using cantilever brakes to disc brakes. In addition to adding the disc tab the question arose of whether to simply add what we needed to make it work, or do we things proper-like and pull/cut/file off anything unnecessary or “not ideal” for that clean, well designed look. Well, its obvious what the Gallus preference was, and luckily the customer was totally on the same page.
As a result I pulled off the original cable stops, chopped off the canti studs and then filed down their previous location nice and smoothly , and took off one pair of rack mounts that were kinda in the way of the disc tab. I then added several (5) cable guides to so the cable could stay enclosed in the housing the whole time, keeping it free of mud and grit. Then came the disc tab and reinforcing tube between the chain stay and seat stay.
During the process the customer decided that he would like the option of running a belt drive at some point. Might as well take care of everything while its in the shop and before an expensive paint job gets sprayed, so I added a little stay splitter to the drive side seat stay. This essentially allows the frame to be split to slip the belt on as the belt is one continuous piece. The splitter is nifty little stainless piece(well, 2 nifty little pieces actually) made by Paragon Machine Works, one of my favorite companies to get frame building bits from.
Stay tuned for more rad projects coming soon….