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I'm looking for light road bike frames that can accommodate 700 x 32 tires. I want a bike I can use to get around town that's also decent on climbing rides. I bought a cyclocross bike thinking it might do the trick, but I hate the disk brakes. (And it's really heavy.) I read somewhere that Rivendell bikes might work. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
 

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I'm looking for light road bike frames that can accommodate 700 x 32 tires. I want a bike I can use to get around town that's also decent on climbing rides. I bought a cyclocross bike thinking it might do the trick, but I hate the disk brakes. (And it's really heavy.) I read somewhere that Rivendell bikes might work. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
Referencing Rivendell, you should define what you mean by "light".

With steel frames as a standard, look for something from the '70s'. No disc brakes, drop-out adjusters, tolerances for 32mm tires on 'club' bikes. Crank in the DO adjusters and slap on your tubular 25s for race day. Spread to 130 and install 10 or 11 speed drivetrains. But hardly light by today's standards.
 

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I think their Roadeo is sub 20 lbs fully built. That would make me happy. But the lighter the better. I used to race a Klein quantum pro...Back then, that would have been my yardstick for light, but I'm a bit more lenient these days. :)
 

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You won't find any new bikes with rim brakes that can fit 32mm tires. That is just the way things are going. That's not to say these bikes can't be fast.

The new Cannondale Synapse Carbon and the Trek Domane have room for 32mm tires. Not to mention there are gravel bikes under 20 lbs. that have room for 35mm+ tires.
 

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Pics of my '81 Holdsworth Special (DB 531) with 33knobbie on rear, 30mm on front (both tubulars). Haven't weighed it with these wheels/tires.

With 23mm tires on lightweight tubular wheels this 59cm frame and fully chromed fork comes in at 21.5lbs. Cost of frame & fork = $150.
 

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With 32mm tires, your either going to have to go with canti or disk breaks, or PITA wheel changes with rim brakes. Don't really understand the hate for Disks.
 

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Don't really understand the hate for Disks.
I'm not a hater, but for most road applications discs are unnecessary, heavy, expensive, more difficult in set-up, etc. For the right situation discs are better - mtn biking, steep mountain downhills, extended riding in the rain or deep mud, etc.

Let's not have another disc brake debate.
 

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Actually there are a few choices

Canti. Which have been mentioned
Center pull. See Paul Components for the high end
Tektro extra long reach. I have these on two bikes. With kool stop pads they work well enough for me. I don't have any mountain terrain

I strongly suggest you check out bicycle quarterly and compass cycles. This right up their wheel house

One advantage of disc brakes is that they can generally be combined with either 700c or 650B wheels. Since the 650b is slightly smaller, they often can allow a wider tire

I converted an old frame last year. Instead of being limited to 28s, I have 38s mounted
 

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I'm looking for light road bike frames that can accommodate 700 x 32 tires. I want a bike I can use to get around town that's also decent on climbing rides. I bought a cyclocross bike thinking it might do the trick, but I hate the disk brakes. (And it's really heavy.) I read somewhere that Rivendell bikes might work. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
What c-cross bike ?. Disc brakes don't add a whole lot of weight.

Bunch of steel road bikes can take 32's and would use 57mm long reach side pull brakes.

Soma Smoothie ES, possibly a Surly Pacer, Rivendells,
 

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You won't find any new bikes with rim brakes that can fit 32mm tires. That is just the way things are going. That's not to say these bikes can't be fast.
This statement is not true.
Checked Surly and Soma who both offer roadies, rim brakes and wide tire clearance. Without checking, I'm sure there are many, many others. But not light, by today's standards in CF race bikes.
 

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Center pull. See Paul Components for the high end
Tektro extra long reach. I have these on two bikes. With kool stop pads they work well enough for me. I don't have any mountain terrain.
Who is Paul?
Do the Tektro get around a 32 tire with the quick release?
 

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This statement is not true.
Checked Surly and Soma who both offer roadies, rim brakes and wide tire clearance. Without checking, I'm sure there are many, many others. But not light, by today's standards in CF race bikes.

Interesting. Soma looks like they make some retro frames.
 

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There are tons of these. Look at every single bike in Paris Roubaix. BMC Gran Fondo. Specialized Roubaix. Felt F-1 (good luck finding one though). Trek Domane. Focus Paralane. Cannondale Synapse.

I have a 61cm BMC Gran Fondo 105 with disk brakes (my gravel racer) and it weighs 20 lbs set up to ride paved roads, not exactly heavy. And it's aluminum. And it fits 40mm tires.
 

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Hey, thanks everyone for the suggestions. Looking forward to checking out the possibilities. (And, as for the brakes, hate is too strong a word...I just have a personal preference for caliper brakes.)
 

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Who is Paul?
Do the Tektro get around a 32 tire with the quick release?
Paul Component Engineering . Expensive parts, but very high quality. Small company

The tektro 559 fit around 32's with fenders on my Salsa Casserole. I also decided to convert an old frame to 650B this year. Wanted to do it on the cheap, so used these brakes to get the reach. Not the best brakes in the world, but more than adequate here in the flatlands
 

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Here's another good option: https://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/grand-cru-long-reach-brakes-noir.html

Plenty of room to spare with 32mm tires.
There are also ton's of Mafac brakes out there to be had, which will easily handle 32mm tires. I put a set on my wives bike that I converted from 27" to 700c and mounted 32mm tires and had room to spare. probably room for 35mm tires.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_od...afac+racer.TRS0&_nkw=mafac+racer&_sacat=57262

Or a set of Compass center pulls, or Mafac Raids, and have room for 42mm tires and fenders. or larger tires with no fenders.

https://www.compasscycle.com/shop/components/brakes/compass-centerpull-brake-with-backing-plate/

Etriers de freins velo Mafac Raid.1970's brake calipers. Randonneuse. 650B.
 
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