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Hi all,

planning to buy this to use as a FRONT brake for my commuter. I have various avid adapters at my disposal so I thought it's probably doable. This "rear specific" though, kind of bothers me. What's so specific about it? Can't it be adapted to work up front?

Any ideas anyone?
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ummm just one thing. I recall reading that the road version's actuator arm is made for roadie type drop bar brake levers and the MTB version is the one that works with flat bar levers.
Just FYI, yep, just checked road version's pull is shorter.

And I know for a fact that the BB7s are not front/rear specific. Its the mounting bracket that makes it a front or rear caliper my set came with a front and back adapter.

And for $88, thats kinda steep. Shop around, you'll be able fine a better deal quite easily.
 

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My old Mountain bike BB7's were front and rear interchangable, only differance was the mounting adaptors.

Why not just search the net for a front specific bb7? £62 isn't cheap for a bb7. My mountain bike versions cost my £30 for a front caliper with 203mm rotor (2010) and £50 for the rear caliper with 160mm rotor (2011).
 

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Thanks UEDan.

As it is part of a greater order, I save on shipping and also I have some short pull road levers that will probably work, so I save on levers, too. At least I think so, because they supposedly work with all short-pull levers; for example BMX levers, not just drop bar levers.

For some mysterious reason, the road version of these BB's are always kinda steep, price-wise.
 

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@Daz: I hate to admit that, but I think that subconsciously I'm doing it for the looks... It's my everyday bike and I always tweak how it looks. MTB (linear pull) levers are, well, black. That's that. BMX short-pull levers come in all the colors in the rainbow!!! :-D

It's vanity that drives the human species, right?
 

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kaltsoplyn said:
Hi all,

planning to buy this to use as a FRONT brake for my commuter. I have various avid adapters at my disposal so I thought it's probably doable. This "rear specific" though, kind of bothers me. What's so specific about it? Can't it be adapted to work up front?

Any ideas anyone?
Thanks
It ships with only the rear mounting bracket. Which also means it is older than 2010 (but there have been no design changes since ~2008).

Just change brackets as needed.

You can find much better prices though.
 

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Thanks for the answers people.

@Clones123: for western societies? are you kidding? what else?

@shiggy and others: Yes, price IS steep compared to the MTN version (and objectively as well). But, shopping in Europe (no Taiwan, US etc), where are these much better prices?
 

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kaltsoplyn said:
Thanks for the answers people.

@Clones123: for western societies? are you kidding? what else?

@shiggy and others: Yes, price IS steep compared to the MTN version (and objectively as well). But, shopping in Europe (no Taiwan, US etc), where are these much better prices?
You did not specify you are shopping Euro only
 

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shiggy said:
You did not specify you are shopping Euro only
You're right, I didn't. But the question was about the rear or front specificness (?!) of the product; not the price. I might have to reconsider my "euro-only" attitude, though. It's costing me plenty...
 
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