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I have a Pinarello FP Quatro with HED Ardennes wheels. I'm 75 and may switch to a senior citizen friendlier cross bike, which will also open up some new terrain on which to ride. If the new cross bike has disk brakes will I still be able to use my HED wheels? do you need a special wheel for disk wheels?

What ever happened to cantilever brakes? I thought they were vey
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No u will not, unless you go brakeless. And start a new fad, until you go downhill.

They still have canti brakes I believe.
 

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Any disc brake bike you buy will need new disc brake specific wheels as there is obviously no place to mount a rotor on a normal wheel, and the OLN measurement is wider on disc wheels as well. You'll need new wheels.
 

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Cantilever brakes have largely been replaced by direct-pull brakes (often called U-brakes), because they work better and are easier to adjust than cantis, while still providing the extra clearance.

Think about your hub question. The hub has to have some provision for bolting the brake disk to it. Conventional hubs do not.
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Canti brakes for cross bikes are becoming increasingly rare. Basically, there's just a huge push from the industry to move towards disc brakes for everything including road bikes.

Something like a All-City Space horse might be right up your alley though as it blends a little more of a road geo than CX geo and uses canti's still. Super nice ride when I had one but eventually ended up with a monster cross bike for that use, a vassago fisticuff.
 
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