Can i fit disce brakes to my bike?
...you'd need to get disc-specific hubs [if my eyes are not mistaken]. Your frame and fork are disc brake-compatible. Go to a good bike shop and ask for their recommendations.phazer said:Can i fit disce brakes to my bike?
I basically agree with FRC, except that I think it will cost you less than $450.phazer said:Can i fit disce brakes to my bike?
Yup, shifter and brake lever are integrated. Hydraullic dsce brakes are better than cable pull ones right?FreeRangeChicken said:Just an FYI,
You're probably looking at around $450+ to put discs on your bike. You will need to purchase a set of disc compatible wheels, then a set of brakes. You just need to decide if you want to put that much into your bike. Looks like you have the integrated shifter/brake lever so you would want to go with cable pull discs (Avid or Hayes) rather than hydraullics. Otherwise, you would also need to change out your shifters/levers.
Only in the wet and on long, very technical downhills. If it is dry where you ride, you'll be fine with V brakes. If your downhills are anything less than extreme, again you'll be fine with V brakes.phazer said:Would disc brakes really make a BIG differance?
Hydraulics are not necessarily "better" than cable pulls. I really like the cable pulls for ease of maintenance and lower cost. I've got Avid mechanicals(cable pull) on both of my bikes and I love them. Both of my bikes would be considered to be top-end bikes.phazer said:Yup, shifter and brake lever are integrated. Hydraullic dsce brakes are better than cable pull ones right?
Would disc brakes really make a BIG differance? Or can I spent the money better on another part of my bike?
Thanks nice post.dukeblaster said:Alright this is the bottom line, Disc breaks are good, but it's not worth it for you to go through that trouble. You'd prolly havta swape your hubs and buy disc compatible ones which if you don't know how to lace wheels you will be hit up for not only the hubs but also probably a 50 dollar service charge. Then you still have to buy the breaks and most likely you should probably upgrade the break levers and cables (which is $$$).
What I would do with that bike is not upgrade it and ride it to the death. If you want a serious type XC bike (like it sounds like) start with something little higher end (its much easier to buy a package then start customizing your original bike… also a lot cheaper). If you have just started riding in the past 2 years or something you probably don't need disc. I rode for about 5 years with a non-disc bike, and did a little trial riding with non-disc breaks. Also to be 100% honest I do not see a huge difference between my hayes disc breaks on my P2 versus my non-discs on my rockhopper besides the discs are low maintance, and work better when wet. For me there wouldn't be a reason I would have gotten disc over good old pads especially for XC riding. There are many other things you could do with your money for your bike to make it better, and besides: how many instances do you wish you had more breaking power for XC riding? I had very little problems when I rode my rockhopper around. Only in very muddy wet weather, going down very steep hills did I ever wish for a disc break. I'd re-think your upgrade before laying that cash down.
I'm new to the sport and I've had a pair of Eggbeaters for a couple of weeks now and can't imagine riding without them ever again. No need to spend $55 on used pedals from ebay, you can get a brand spanking new pair of entry-level Eggbeaters at Jenson for around $50, or at Nashbar for around $70 and those come with a pair of shoes, too!dukeblaster said:Might i suggest the Egg Beaters by crank bros ... ebay 55 dollars (really like 110 or something).
Make sure you get the shoes to go with them And if you don't have them, some decent bike shorts are a good investment.phazer said:Ok I decided rather not to go for the disc brakes, but rather spend the money on something that I can carry over to a higher spec bike when this one is dead.
So I am thinking of going clipless.