Brakes with a disc near the hub and calipers that grip that disc.

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What is the difference between different types of disc brake pads

I've seen several different descriptors for disc brake pads: Metallic, Semi-Metallic, and Organic. What is the difference between these types of disc brake pads?
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When should a disc brake be replaced?

I've had my bicycle for about three and a half years. I use it just about every day, for a total of 30 kilometers of commute a day. The problem is that my disc brakes have started making weird noises ...
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My brakes get mushy under heavy pressure

I have some Avid Juicy 5 on my Specialized SJ FSR '08 and the front brake gets mushy and looses brake power on long downhill trails. Do I have to purge the brake lines to get performance back on ...
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Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical disc brakes

What is the difference between hydraulic and mechanical disc brakes? Are hydraulics more reliable? Or more powerful? I'm curious since, hydraulics seem to get more attention and seem to be on ...
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Disc brakes stop working after a wash [duplicate]

I washed my bike few days ago with soapy water. I didn't directly wash the brakes, but I assume I got some soapy water on them. Now my disc brakes do not work. I can see that cable is tight enough, ...
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Upgrade to disc brakes

I just got an older bike - a Schwinn Paramount Series 7 PGD OS bike. It has 26" wheels. What is required to convert to disc brakes? Any suggestions on which kit is best to get? Are there any ...
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Will running hydraulic brake levers upside down affect performance [duplicate]

I purchased a pair of tektro draco disc brakes recently. They arrived with the hydraulic lines setup moto style, with the longer line run for the left brake lever and the shorter run for the right ...
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How to fix rear disc brake squealing? [duplicate]

There is terrible squealing on the rear disc brake and halfords claim it is because my bike is just 9 weeks old however, i would like to treat the issue myself as soon as possible.
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Can i set up a 7speed gear and disc brake on hercules rocky mtb 2.0 cycle

My cycle is a non gear cycle .Can i set up disc brake and 7speed gear. [![ this is my cycle ][2]][2]
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How to adjust Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes?

I have a Trek X-Caliber and the rear disc is rubbing a little. So I want to adjust the brakes so it doesn't rub and make things a bit easier of course. I see many videos about brake adjustment but ...
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upgrade from MF-TZ21 to 7 Speed cassette freehub

I'm trying to save costs so I want to upgrade to 7 speed 11-28 Cassette to keep the same shifters, dealer says I need a new Freehub, new 7 Speed Cassette, new chain AND NEW DISC BRAKES, why do I need ...
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SRAM Guide brake lever won't return

I have an SRAM Guide brake (rear) that after bleeding, the brake lever won't return quickly. At room temperature, this is barely noticeable, but when the temperature climbs, or the bike is in the ...
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Can I run Aluminum Backed organic brake pads with Elixir Avid 5 Hydraulic system?

The old pads were steel. I bought the aluminum thinking they would disperse heat better but if it's going to cause a problem with the braking system I'll go back to steel at less than half the price.
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Can an imperfect hub make a disc rotor rub?

I had a 160mm disc rotor on a road bike that was rubbing a bit in one spot, not severely, but enough for me to notice. I've tried to true it a few times over the past couple months with little ...
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Little rear rotor clearance

I have just test fit my wheel on a Litespeed T5gravel that I'm building and I see there is less than 1mm of clearance between the rear rotor and the chain stay. The rotor is currently a 160mm avid ...
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Why are disc brakes rare on road bikes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
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Is this brake cable alignment correct or problematic?

I have a BB7 disc brake to fit to a CAAD10. Am I fitting this wrong or have I bought the wrong thing? It doesn't look like the brake cable lines up with the rubber bit - like this: I have not ...
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What size rotor does the Cannondale CAAD10 2015 have?

I have a Cannondale CAAD 10 disc frame and a pair of BB7s that are 160mm rotors. They do not fit because (I think) I need post mount spacers. What size rotor does the frame expect, and hence, what ...
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Replacing Quick Release skewer with through bolt axle

I have a 2013 Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Hydro. The bike has disc brakes. The bike was built with quick release skewers on Mavic Aksium wheels. I have just read that Pinarello actually recommends 9mm ...
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How to deal with long pre-bled brake line?

I bought and installed a set of pre-bled hydraulic brakes onto my bike to replace the mechanical discs that came with it. My future plan is to buy a new bike, transfer the brakes to my wife's bike and ...
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clarks m2 hydraulic disc brake problem

I bought a pair of Clarks m2 Hydraulic disc brakes, pre-bled, and installed them on my bike. The rear brake worked great, good stopping power, but the front feels more like the mechanical disc brake ...
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Interupter brake lever compatible with hydraulic mechanical disk brakes?

I have recently Installed JuinTech R1 Hydraulic mechanical pull disk brakes to my road bike. I would like to add some cyclo top or interrupter brake levers. Does anybody have any experience with this? ...
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Disk brake rotor feels loose

Hey guys I've noticed my disk brake being "lose", I'm probably going to consult with LBS anyway but heres how I can describe it: the [rear] disk it self is not significantly more lose than the front ...
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How much runout is acceptable in a disc brake rotor?

I'm trying to sort out pad dragging / noises in Avid BB-7 mechanical disc brakes and I'm wondering how much runout in the rotor is acceptable? Right now I have about 0.05 mm (measured with a Park DT-...
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How long should MTB disc brake pads last?

I'm fairly new to mountain biking and I was able to put in around 900 miles on my first set of brake pads on my Giant Anthem X2. At that point they started grinding metal on metal. I went and bought ...
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Is Shimano Claris compatible with disc brakes?

All of the Shimano Claris groupsets I have seen come with cantilever brakes as far as I can tell. Is it possible to get this with disc brakes, would I have to buy the individual components? What ...
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Intermittent disc brake rubbing

My partner has a Kona Sutra with Avid BB-7 disc brakes. The front brake rubs intermittently on the rotor. I just went to see if I could figure out what the problem was and right now the disc runs true ...
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What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?

Disk brakes are becomming more popular on bikes now, and I was just wondering what the advantage is of this type of brake over the older rim brakes.
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Buying brake levers, how do I find the correct ones for my bike?

I took a hard spill the other day on my mountain bike and snapped my left hand brake lever in to pieces. The ones that snapped are stock alloy rubbish that came with a Specialized Hardrock 2010 Disc ...
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How do I prevent disk brakes from squeaking in the rain?

When I got my new bike with disk brakes, I thought that they would perform much better in the rain. While this is true, they still squeak quite loud in wet conditions, which is quite annoying. Is ...
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Disc brakes better for rainy days?

Are disc brakes more effective on rainy weather? I had a close call riding my road bike during a morning rain and almost collided with a parked car. My road bike is steel and has tektro branded ...
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Using Engine Starter Fluid to Decontaminate Brake Pads

I have some hydraulic disc brakes, and for one reason or another they get contaminated. My dad (who's worked on cars for ages) told me to use engine starter fluid, but I'm kind of skeptical about this....
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How do I increase braking power and “touchiness” of Sram Guide RS Brakes?

I've got some Sram Guide RS disk brakes and they're very weak and not touchy at all. I prefer touchy brakes. I know the Guide RSC has the tool free contact adjustment to make them touchier. I have ...
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Issue replacing Avid BB7 disc brake pads

I just replaced the brake pads in my BB7 disc brakes for the first time. I read up, watched videos, til I grasped what I was doing, and tried more than a handful of times. On the front brake, I can ...
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Is having a disc brake on a single speed bicycle a bad idea?

I talked to a bike shop that sells a lot of fixed/single speed bikes. I asked them if they could sell me a single speed with a disc brake on the front. The guys said no because: It will be hard to ...
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Ease of servicing disc vs. rim brakes

How easy is it to keep a mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brake system working at home with a set of "normal" (not bike-specific) tools, especially compared to rim brakes? Discs seem to be currently ...
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Effectiveness of disc brakes with brifters

How well do mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brakes generally function when used with brifters?-- This combination seems to be increasingly common among e.g. adventure bikes such as the Salsa Vaya, ...
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Converting from V-brakes to Disc Brake without existing mounting holes [duplicate]

I have an Electric Bike with rear brakes which are not as strong as front disc brake (countless amount of tweaks never solved it well without rubbing the wheel too much). So, I am looking at ...
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Hydraulic disc brakes - total friction as a function of rotor size

I have a hydraulic disc road bike with a 160mm rotor on the front and a 140mm on the rear. The setup is exactly the same front to rear, except for rotor size. I'd like to know the disparity between ...
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What is the difference between disk brake rotors?

Differences in rotors include size, thickness, pattern cut out of the metal and attachment to the hub. What other differences are their and why? Reason I ask is I recently built up a budget mountain ...
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disk brake rotors mounting on bmx hubs

Preface: I am going to start building out new bike for myself and decided to put disk brakes on my new bmx build as an additional challenge. I am old school and prefer brakes on front as well, it ...
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Disc brake rotor size and forks strength

I have been told that every fork has a maximum rotor size characteristic. For example, for my $75 Suntour this is listed as 185mm. The explaination that I have been given for this limitation is that ...
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How do I get rid of weird rubbing noise on my cx bike?

Recently I got the Giant Revolt 3 and have been riding it for a few days now. I have lately noticed that there is some rubbing noise when I apply the brakes. If you look at this picture (might be a ...
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Is a damaged BB7 inner caliper pin dangerous?

It was late when I tried installing some replacement brake pads, and for some reason the top of the replacement pads wouldn't fit properly into the channel that is supposed to guide the pads (lower ...
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Road bike disc wheel interchangability

This may be a duplicate, but I didn't find an answer: Are road bike disc wheelsets interchangable? For example my cx bike has DT Swiss R24 wheels, could I buy a set of Mavic Ksyrium wheels and fit ...
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Using different style disc rotors with the same brake calipers

I currently have a set of TRP Hy/Rd brakes that came with 6-bolt style rotors. I am interested in purchasing a different wheelset that uses Shimano's centerlock style hubs. One wheelset would serve ...
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Which disc brake pads do I need for Tektro Auriga?

I have Tektro Auriga Sub disc brakes and the pads need replacing. The only pads for this make I could find online were discontinued. Do I need to get the same make, and if not how do I know they'll ...
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Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes- Lever compatibility

I am looking for practical advice on compatibility between various Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, especially the lever assembly. Currently I have two separate sets, one M446 Left lever, attached to a ...
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Should disc brake rotors be removed when packing bike for travel?

I've been looking at a few tutorials on packing a bike to take it on a plane, and most of them make no mention of disc brakes. One did specifically mention disc brakes, and recommended taking the ...