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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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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Disk brake brakes work poorly after annual maintainance

The disk brakes practically don't brake anymore. If I pull the brake lever as hard as I can, the wheel still turns if I push the bike forward. Is this normal? Do they need a "brake in" period? ...
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Converting bike from rim brakes to disc brakes

I just bought a used 2009 Kona Dew and it comes with regular rim brakes. I'm perfectly happy with them so far, but have been wondering if disc brakes would come handy when it rains. What is involved ...
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Mechanical-hydraulic hybrid brakes

I've heard about Mechanical-hydraulic hybrid brakes but didn't find any examples. Are they exist? If yes, are they comparable with hydraulic?
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What is the difference between “front” and “rear” disc brake?

When I browse on-line bike shops disc brakes are listed as "front" or "rear" e.g. here. I have never noticed any difference between front and rear brakes - disc or V-brake, hydraulic or mechanic. ...
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What is lever throw and cable slack?

In a guide for adjusting Avid BB7 mechanical road disc brakes, it said: Only use the barrel adjuster at the brake lever to adjust for cable slack. For lever throw, use the outboard adjustment ...
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Separate hex keys vs. combined multi-tool for bike adjustments?

Are separate hex (Allen) keys better than a multi-tool for adjusting and maintaining a bike at home? Some of the separated sets also have ball-ends for the 4/5/6mm keys: Apart from Torx T25 ...
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Can I get a wheel dished without the bike?

I broke a spoke on my rear wheel, and ended up messing with it a bit too much - I may need to get it re-dished. If it's a common market model bike, can I simply take the wheel into my bike shop, ...
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How do I prevent my hydraulic brakes from getting pressed/damaged when the wheels are off?

When I was buying my bike, the technician in the shop told me not to press the brakes when the wheels are off (detached), otherwise the brakes will get damaged (I don't know how). I need to detach ...
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A bike for city commute - disc brakes, bar-end shifters, tires

I'm planning on buying a bike for city commute. My commute to work is approximately 12km (7.5 miles) one way. I live in Vancouver which means: I'll be riding in rainy weather frequently. I'll be ...
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Brand new disk brakes are barely stopping the bike

I just built a mountain bike with Avid BB7 brakes and Shimano V-brake levers. I used the exact same configuration on another bike, and it worked beautifully. But on this one, the brakes are just weak ...
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How do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?

I have manual Avid disc brakes. I took my front wheel off like I've done hundreds of times. When I put it back on the wheel is aligned properly with my fork, but the disc presses against one of the ...
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How do to determine if an adapter is needed for disc brakes and rotors?

I have an old older (not too old) bike that already has disc brakes, but I would like to replace them with a totally new set and new rotors. How can I determine if a given replacement (caliper and ...
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Is my disc brake caliper correctly mounted on the frame?

I have been in the process of upgrading my bike a bit. A friend of mine convinced me to upgrade my brakes from my stock Shimanos to some disc brakes. After having a look around and asking question, I ...
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Weight of disc brakes

People say (for example here) that disc brakes are relatively heavy, giving this as a reason for not using them. How much heavier than rim brakes are disc brakes? Is the extra heaviness in the ...
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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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How do I get rid of the noise on my Hayes Stroker Trail brakes

I recently bought a new bike that came with Hayes Stroker Trail hydraulic brakes. From day one they were squeeky and not very grippy. I wrote it off to the burn in period that most disc brakes ...
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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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How to prevent my disc brakes from locking/sticking due to debris?

Context: I have a commuter/crossover bike with disc brakes, and a daily commute of ~20km. I upgraded to a bike with disc brakes after standard caliper brakes kept losing their stick and requiring pad ...
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Can I run a wheel with a 130mm hub on a mountain bike with 135mm spacing?

I'd like to build a wheelset that would work on my cross bike or my 29er, assuming I had disc brakes on the 29er and rim brakes on the cross bike, is there any way I could use a 130mm hub (that fits ...
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Tubus Rack Compatibility on a 29er With Discs

I have a Trek 520 with a Tubus Tara rack on the front and a Tubus Cargo (not the newer Evo model) rack on the rear. I'm thinking about trading in the 520 for a 29er with disc brakes, probably a Salsa ...
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How to loosen cable tension in disc brakes

I have a Victory VEGASJACKPOT bike with cable disk brakes, and I need to loosen my cable tension. How do you do this? I've already done it all the way on the screw/knob by the brake lever. Thanks!
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Fixed (inside) front disk brake adjustment

I got a new bike for Christmas (12-25-12) and it is a VICTORY VEGASJACKPOT w/medium-travel front fork and full suspension. The front disc brake rubs against the inside pad (the one on the fork side of ...
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What to consider when changing V-brake for a disc brake?

The frame of this bike has the capacity for V-brakes and disc brakes. There are some problems with the rear V-brake and I am considering installing a disc brake instead (just for elevated coolness). ...
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Why don't road bikes have disc brakes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
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Would hydraulic disc brakes be easier on my hands than mechanical disc brakes?

I ride MTB in a coastal town where all roads are dirt roads with lots of uphill/downhill. Nothing extreme, I just ride to relax and enjoy the landscape. I have mechanical disc brakes and after a 2-4 ...
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Adjusting disk brakes after taking off the wheel

I recently took off the front wheel off of my mountain bike, and have been having considerably difficulty getting the front wheel on the right spot such that the wheel doesn't rub against the brake ...
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could I mount a different manufacturer brand rotor to use with my brakes?

I've a tektro draco hydraulic brakes on my mtb and I would like to know if it is possible to mount a different brand rotor to use with my brakes?
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Disc brake freezing at end of ride

At the end of my last ride the back brake started rubbing hard on the disc. It almost feels like the brake cable had popped out of the lever. The bike is relatively new to me, and I am not very ...
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Do I need better “springs” on my disc brakes?

After 20 years commuting on old/cheap bikes, I finally evolved up to a nice solid touring rig with cable disc brakes (Avid BB5). I love the bike and the brakes. They're much easier to maintain, ...
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Is a pad spacer needed when installing disc brake pads?

I need to replace my disc brake pads on my Shimano XT brakes. This seems like a pretty straight forward procedure, and I have all the tools needed except for the pad spacer. Do I need this to install ...
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Ferrule to mount hydraulic disc brake hose to frame

Is there some kind of ferrule(or similar) that can be used to fasten a hydraulic disc brake hose to the braze-ons of a frame that used to have v-brakes? The hose is to thin to stick to the braze-ons, ...
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What type of brakes are best for mountain bike racing?

Disc brakes are more expensive than v-brakes, but in a heavy rain they will break down. V-Brakes are becoming harder to find, but they're much easier to maintain and don't break down as easily. What ...
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Hydraulic disc pads binding on disc

I took the front wheel off my mountain bike and the hydraulic disc pads closed. I’ve opened them back up and replaced the wheel. However, the pads seem to now be closing up all the time and binding on ...
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How often should disk brakes need bleeding?

The brake handles for my disk brakes became very loose four months after I bought the bike. The bike shop bled the brakes and put new oil in them, which sorted it. They're feeling a bit loose again ...
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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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Hayes Sole Disk Brake sudden loss of pressure.

I braked hard today and felt the pressure in my disk brake drop very suddenly. Since that point the brake has not been working with no action at the calliper and little pressure in the lever but ...
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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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Which disc brake pads do I need

I have Tektro Aigura 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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Disk brake has never worked properly from new, pads replaced - still rubbish!

I've got Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and ever since I've had the bike (from new) the front brake has never worked properly. It used to squeak really loudly and perform badly but I assumed they just ...
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How do I bleed Avid Elixir brakes

My bike has a set of Avid Elixir R hydraulic brakes. The front brake barely goes on when I pull the lever and the back brake feels pretty soft. I think I need to bleed them. How do I go about doing ...
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How can I unbend, straighten or flatten a bent rotor?

Some possibilities, which I haven't tried: try to bend it back into shape with my hands while still mounted take off the rotor, sandwich it between a couple of wooden blocks, put some weight on it ...
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Quando Brake Pads - Anyone know where I can get a pair

I have just bought a second hand Diamond Back Sorrento mountain bike, the bike is about 5 - 6yrs old apparently and needs some minor maintenance. The brakes are absolutely shot and I need to replace ...
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Adding disc brake to Trek 7.1 FX

I'm seeking advice on how to install disc brakes on the Trek 7.1 FX. Does the Trek 7.1 FX have the mount for installing disc brakes? Which disc brake option is better to go for, mechanical or ...
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New bike: disc brakes squeal in wet conditions when NOT braking! Normal?

I just bought a new bike, and a lot of people seem to have problems with disc brakes squeaking when they brake in wet conditions--however, mine seem to squeak the whole d*mn time. The bike is fresh ...
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Why/How should I bed in disc brake pads?

Why should I bed in my disc brake pads and what's the best way to do it?
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135mm rear end, 130mm rear wheel, Titanium frame

I'm looking at a Ti frame with a 135mm rear end, disc brake. And I have invested in wheels for my commuter, which is disc brake... but a 130 mm spacing. Is 5 mm enough of a concern -- impact to the ...
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How do I correctly align the brake disc with the callipers when replacing my quick-release wheel?

My bike's front wheel is quick-release (QR), but the rear has a traditional skewer (because of the hub gears). It also has disc brakes, and as you'd expect, there isn't a lot of clearance between the ...
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Require a star tool to remove disc rotor

I need to change my disc brake rotors. So i discover I require a star tool. Here is a picture of my rotor bolts. Can someone point out a tool that will fit this? Prefer a bike tool. To give some ...