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I have been running V brakes (Avid Ti) on my old Gunnar frame. The frame is V brake only and the factory will not add disk mounts to old frames. I only weigh 130lb and the Vs work fine. But this last race was lots of mud and rain. The rear brake went south and broke. Now I need to replace it. So I am shopping for a new rear V brake.

So I realized I could buy a new rear for around $30-40 and be done. Or I could take the opportunity to upgrade to disk front. I would put my front V on the rear. I figure I could find a used BB7 really cheap and a disk ready front wheel used. Front wheels don’t take as much abuse so good used ones aren’t too hard to find around here. They are often cheap if they don’t have a matching rear to make a set. So I figure it would cost maybe a extra $100 but should work better in the rain/mud and on long fire road down hills. Any opinions or advice?
 

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I've run disc front/v-rear before and it was fine. Especially if you use a mech disc (like the BB7) because you get a similar feel. Even better if you use speed dial 7 levers so you can really tune the leverage to get similar response front and rear.
 

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trailville said:
I've run disc front/v-rear before and it was fine. Especially if you use a mech disc (like the BB7) because you get a similar feel. Even better if you use speed dial 7 levers so you can really tune the leverage to get similar response front and rear.
I have XTR levers. I think they adjust like that.
 

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rc51kid said:
I have been running V brakes (Avid Ti) on my old Gunnar frame. The frame is V brake only and the factory will not add disk mounts to old frames. I only weigh 130lb and the Vs work fine. But this last race was lots of mud and rain. The rear brake went south and broke. Now I need to replace it. So I am shopping for a new rear V brake.

So I realized I could buy a new rear for around $30-40 and be done. Or I could take the opportunity to upgrade to disk front. I would put my front V on the rear. I figure I could find a used BB7 really cheap and a disk ready front wheel used. Front wheels don't take as much abuse so good used ones aren't too hard to find around here. They are often cheap if they don't have a matching rear to make a set. So I figure it would cost maybe a extra $100 but should work better in the rain/mud and on long fire road down hills. Any opinions or advice?
I worked with a guy in the early 00's that had a non-disc Gunnar. He had Carl Strong weld a disc mount and support on it and it looked great.

Just a thought
 
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