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Hello all,

I represent a university team who are aiming to design an ultra-high mileage vehicle. We intend to use bicycle hydraulic disc brakes, and would be very grateful if you would share some of your wisdom.

We are looking for brakes which are as light as possible. Ideally, they would not be self-adjusting. Braking force is not a concern, as even the weakest disc brakes will be over-kill in our design. The brakes are to be applied rarely, so heating is not a concern. Neither will be resistance to environment (rain, mud, etc.).

If any particular models or manufacturers spring to mind, then please do tell!
Thank you in advance,

Uber 2011
 

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We think having non-self-adjusting brakes would allow us to set up the brakes so that we can guarantee that the pads and rotor are not touching when the brakes are not applied. It won't make a huge difference, but we are trying to reduce all forms of rolling resistance to the absolute minimum.
 

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shiggy said:
Lack of drag.

Uber, unlike motor vehicle discs, mtb brakes pads retract and do not rub (when setup correctly).
I hadn't realised this. Thanks for the heads up.

In this case, all we will need are very light brakes, possibly Magura Marta SL with 140 mm rotor.

Thanks for the input!
 

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Uber2011 said:
We think having non-self-adjusting brakes would allow us to set up the brakes so that we can guarantee that the pads and rotor are not touching when the brakes are not applied. It won't make a huge difference, but we are trying to reduce all forms of rolling resistance to the absolute minimum.
Aloha,

I think for this reason, you'd be even more interested in a mechanical disk brake like the Avid BB7. Those calipers will allow you to without a doubt, set the caliper so there will be NO possible drag. With the talents of your crew, you could pare the weight of the system down significantly as well. Grinding, machining etc could put you way down in weight. This would especially be the case if the brakes weren't being used all that much and stopping power was already over kill (as you said up above).

Good luck with that,

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