aaron, um, if youre wondering about how much of a difference it is between the 450 and it, id say not enough. and with there being less spokes than the 450, probably better to run the 450. when i laced mine, i had a 305 hub also, and i chose it that way just for the 4 extra spokes.
i'll weigh it anyway. i just ahd aconversation tonight about 305-vs-350 bike weights. that id really like to know.
I was surprised how much stopping power these bikes can use. With the T-500 I was consistantly out-braking larger bikes with exotic brakes at Frontier Land. The T-500 started working really well during the races.... did you see the stoppies I was doing in the pits? Frontier seems to have really bedded in the shoes well...don't think I've ever really used what the brake had to offer until then.
I was able to out break Roper into just about every corner...not a talent thing, but a brake thing. Coming down the hill I was just about carrying the real wheel as I could hear the rear tire chirping over bumps after a down shift.
Put as much brake on it as you can, might not use it most of the time but on short tracks it's an advantage...might have to do something different with the front springs if they aren't stiff enough to prevent excessive dive though. My next step will be something exotic like a 4LS Gremica....gotta break the T-500 first.
One of the reasons I'm considering new brakes is because of Frontier Land. After you Frank went by i realized after chasing you that you spent a lot less time slowing down then I did. I haven't made any decisions yet but will probably have something new for next season.
You sound like Jeremy. I don't have a 450 drum to sell. I have Honda 450 stainless spokes for an 18 in wheel. I think I need to rewrite that post. Cause your smart and so is Jeremy and you guys didn't get it.