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ok so I might be interested in disk brakes for my bike but how do I know if my bike has the mounts for them? what should I look for on the rear triangle? how many holes? Pictures would be nice if anyone has any showing a disk brake compatible and a not compatible.

also what your take on all these I adaptors I keep reading about. Are they any good?

do I need special hubs for disk brakes?


thanks for the help
 

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Lewis63 said:
ok so I might be interested in disk brakes for my bike but how do I know if my bike has the mounts for them? what should I look for on the rear triangle? how many holes? Pictures would be nice if anyone has any showing a disk brake compatible and a not compatible.

also what your take on all these I adaptors I keep reading about. Are they any good?

do I need special hubs for disk brakes?

thanks for the help
Yes, you will need new hubs. There will be two small mounting holes on the fork and rear triangle if it will take discs. I don't really have any experience with adapters...not necessary for all brakes.
 

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Lewis63 said:
ok so I might be interested in disk brakes for my bike but how do I know if my bike has the mounts for them? what should I look for on the rear triangle? how many holes? Pictures would be nice if anyone has any showing a disk brake compatible and a not compatible.

also what your take on all these I adaptors I keep reading about. Are they any good?

do I need special hubs for disk brakes?

thanks for the help
What bike do you have and what forks? The adapters are for the different types of forks/rotor sizes/brand of brakes. You must use the correct one for your particular combination.

To know if your forks have disk mounts, look at the back (opposite side of the front wheel axle) of the left fork leg (as viewed from a seated position on the bike) towards the bottom. If you have two tabs extending from it then the forks are disk brake compatible. If it is smooth and looks like the right side, then they are not. As for the frame, check the seat stay (bar that extends from the top of the seat tube down towards where your wheel axle is) near the wheel axle. It should also have similar looking tabs (that is, if you do not have a Manitou brand fork) there also.

You will also need disk brake compatible hubs to complete the conversion. Sorry I don't have any pictures. Hope this helps though.

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thanks for your help guys

but what's this about manitou forks not be compatible or something? that's what I have...
the rear end doesn't look like it has two holes so I guess I'll be needing an adaptor

I was looking at the AVID mechanical disk brakes.
 

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Lewis63 said:
thanks for your help guys

but what's this about manitou forks not be compatible or something? that's what I have...
the rear end doesn't look like it has two holes so I guess I'll be needing an adaptor

I was looking at the AVID mechanical disk brakes.
What year/model bike do you have?

It's not that Manitou's are not compatible, so much as they have a different type of mount for disk brakes. There are, I believe, two or three different designs. The IS (International Standard), Manitou post mounts and certain Rox Shocks have different spacing also. If the brakes you get are not designed for the Manitou post mounts, you will need an adapter for them and I know for a fact that the Avid mechanicals (good choice there for mechanicals) do make an adapter/version for Manitou post mounts.

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Hey...

Before you go ahead and do all this, do you think the Avid mechanical disc brakes are going to benefit your riding? Is is wet? Muddy?

Or do you just have upgraditis?? And if you do that is perfectly fine...just notice on the brakes discussion boards, 90 of the problems are with disc brakes...

I personally, would not get them on another bike. I ride mostly quite dry single track.

Now, I have Hayes Mechs (HMX-1s) and they generally get bad reviews, I have them working well now, but they remain pretty high maintenance. Never ridden the Avids so, I can't speak for them.
 
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