Flatland on a Street/Park Bike

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1/2/2017 10:41 AM

What's up Forum!

I'm looking at this Colony Sweet Tooth Pro 2017 to buy. Excellent bike, but here's the catch. I want to ride Flatland!

As I see it, this bike could potentially be an awesome Street/Flat machine. The forks are a steep (25mm) and its mega light. 23 pounds. Only catch is there are no front brake mounts. My idea is to buy it and drill a hole in the fork to mount a front brake. Do y'all think that's a bad idea? I DO NOT want to buy a flatland specific bike and I certainly can't custom build one, as I don't have the money for that.

Does anyone have a better idea for my end goal or should I pull the trigger and buy the Sweet Tooth. I'm hesitant. Thanks for all your advice. (Also, I've made a similar post about this is the past, my bad about being repetitive)

Colony Sweet Tooth Pro 2017

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1/2/2017 10:52 AM

Get a bike and get a fork that handles 990 mounts.

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1/2/2017 11:25 AM

Drill a hole in your fork is definitely not a good thing. I dont know anyhing about flatland but seems like brakeless thing is getting more popular in that style too

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1/2/2017 2:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/2/2017 3:09 PM

Pete Kostin wrote:

What's up Forum!

I'm looking at this Colony Sweet Tooth Pro 2017 to buy. Excellent bike, but here's the catch. I want to ...more

I don't know how tall / lanky you are, but some people would consider a 20.7" top tube too long for at least certain styles of flatland.

I personally wouldn't because I've ridden flatland on 20.5" and 21" . . .

The ARES Sword seems to be a flatland/street crossover bike, with a 20"tt:
http://flatlandfuel.com/aresswordcompletebike.aspx

Also the FIT PRK has a 20" top tube and Gyro. Maybe call and ask if it has a hole for a front brake 990 plate.
https://www.danscomp.com/products/102755/2017_Fit_PRK_Bike.html

Haro also has a bike that comes with a front brake and gyro, with two frame sizes:
https://www.danscomp.com/products/102876/2017_Haro_Downtown_DLX_Bike.html

As far as drilling a fork . . . no I don't think it'll be a problem as long as you drill a good straight hole. Then you buy a 990 brake plate.
https://www.danscomp.com/products/489057/990_Brake_Plate.html But honestly, I've used brake plates before and it's a little nicer to just have the mounts welded to the fork. The plate doesn't shift, and you don't have any tire clearance issues.

So, save a little money and buy the fork you want!
http://www.acebmx.com/odyssey-forks-c-13_101/odyssey-flatware-forks-chase-gouin-p-1634.html

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1/2/2017 3:55 PM

coldmajki wrote:

Drill a hole in your fork is definitely not a good thing. I dont know anyhing about flatland but seems like brakeless thing is ...more

It's also about a million times hard to learn anything.

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1/2/2017 4:43 PM

I had a hole drilled in mine for front brakes. When I began BMX, I thought I would want to be a flatland rider. But that didn't last long, haha. As long as it's done professionally, a drilled hole won't be a problem for a 990 mount. It's always better to go with a built-in 990 mount if you're planning to keep that fronty stopper on, though.

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1/2/2017 4:44 PM

I know where you can pick up a Colony Apprentice, with full chro-mo frame, for $168, mint shape. Maybe less if you talk to the guy right. I'm just not telling you who.

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1/3/2017 5:34 AM

I would just get the ARES complete posted.

If you get the colony bike, find someone that can weld on brake mounts for your forks. Or find 990 forks and trade for them/sell your forks.

make an account on global-flat.com you can probably get some forks second hand cheap.

good luck from a fellow flatlander that dabbles in park and street

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