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

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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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Disc Brakes: Resurface your Pads?

Is resurfacing the brake pads in disc brakes (hydraulic or mechanical) necessary? If so, what would you use to do this - medium sandpaper? I spoke to one mechanic while shopping for a bike, who ...
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Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?

I've been looking around for bikes (decent frame & components), and find that hybrids do have disc brakes (hydraulic), but are never single-speed. While single-speed bikes typically have ...
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Fixing hydraulic disk brakes, what to check first?

I have a 10-year old bike, fitted with hydraulic disk brakes. The bike has been actively used for around 4 years only though. Recently, my brake levers started to have more and more "play" before the ...
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Hayes HFX 9 lever reach and return issues

Still using the HFX 9 - think they're pretty solid. Won't win any beauty contests for sure but they'll stop you dead when you need 'em. Recently noticed that the right hand lever (rear brakes) had ...
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What to do when there's no more adjustment room on disk brakes

I just built up a new frame and discovered that due to slightly different geometry the rear disc callipers can't be adjusted so that they don't rub. Basically I've got them all the way over to one ...
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Should rotors have no rub at all?

I just installed a new front disk brake and the rotor rubs a bit once per rotation. If I take the rotor off and place it on flat surface, it seems totally flat but once installed I can see/hear it ...
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How do I fix sticking/tight hydraulic brake calipers?

I took my wheel off my front forks to repair a puncture. I had the bike upside down when I removed the wheel. When I came to replace the wheel back into the fork slots, the hydraulic disk calipers ...
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Why do my disc brakes squeal when wet?

Picture the scene... It's just been raining and you are getting ready to commute home after work, you cycle out on to the tarmac and as you do so, you notice a bunch of pedestrians push the button on ...
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Disk brake squealing after bike shop changed my pads. Is it enough reason to ask them to re-service (for free)?

I recently took my bike to the shop, since it started making a weird metal on metal (not squeal, just hard brushing sound). After checking it out the saw that the back brake pads where really (REALLY) ...
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Disc brakes make noise

My disc-brakes on my mountain bike sing/scream when I brake. I have tried to clean them, but it didn't work. Should I replace the disks or the brake pads? Is there a better (cheaper) way to fix this.
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Hydraulic Disk brake piston not fully retracting

My front disk brake's piston doesn't fully retract. While I can ride the bike, the brake is slightly rubbing. (IE, if I just spin the wheel with my hand, it'll go around about one and a half times ...
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What is the benefit of a larger disc rotor?

What real benefit does having a larger rotor give to braking performance? Additionally is my assumption correct that you callipers don't actually change in size, just the rotor and the adapter need ...
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Disc brakes squeak on Trek mountain bike

I have a Trek 3900 mountain bike with disc brakes, and I just took it out of winter storage to start riding it for the season. Everything works well, except for one very annoying problem: when I stop ...
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Disc brake producing noise after a crash

After little crash I'm hearing strange knife-like sounds from my disk brakes, but the wheel and brakes doesn't look damaged. What should I do?
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Adapt V-brakes bicycle to disk brakes

I've been thinking in changing my v-brakes to disc brakes. Now that my rear v-break can't brake anymore I think that it is time change it. I've already seen this article. My frame is prepared for disc ...
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Rear hydraulic disc sticking

My 2012 Model Scott Sub 10 has recently been experiencing issues with the rear disc sticking on my daily commute and getting so bad that I have to stop, wait for it to cool and then push the disc a ...
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How to buy replacement disc brakes

In looking at replacing my disc brake rotors, and looking online I see there are different sizes available (between 180 and 203 mm). My question is, what dimension do I measure on my existing rotor? ...
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Rear Rack for Cannondale Trail 6 with Disc brakes

I was having a real trouble finding a suitable rear rack for my bike, a Cannondale Trail 6, with disc brakes. My usual bike use is to the office (bag containing laptop, lunch, rain jacket, etc. with ...
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Can you put disc brakes on road forks originally intended for calipers?

I've decided I want a disc brake, at least on the front, which seems a good enough reason to go bike shopping, but am I overlooking the possibility of fitting a cable pull disc brake to my current ...
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Hydraulic Disc Brakes Maintenance

I have Hayes Nine hydraulic disc brakes on my mountain bike. I have recently replaced the brake pads and after that it seems that the pads are almost touching the rotor. How can I adjust it? I have ...
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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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Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel

I'm considering adding a disc fork to my surly cross check and using some avid bb7 road brakes for the front. I've got tektro road levers on drop bars (outfitted with retroshift shifters) I've got ...
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How do I separate disc brake pads after accidentally pulling the front brake while the wheel is off?

The title says it all really. I've taken the front wheel off my mountain bike to get it in my car. When I get it out and try and put the front wheel back on the space between the brake pads isn't wide ...
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Can I swap Semi-Metallic brake pads for Sintered Metal Brake Pads?

I'm running disc brakes on my cyclocross bike with semi-metallic brake pads. I find that I'm constantly having to keep my rotors cleaned off to ensure optimal performance. I'm used to my mountain ...
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Is it possible to mount a disk brake hub to a rim-brake rim?

Suppose I have a disk-compatible hub and frame, but want build a wheel based around a very specific touring rim, which is labelled as being for rim brakes. My understanding is that you cannot attach ...
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Disc brakes vibrating, “singing” under the rain [duplicate]

I recently replaced my hubs, and not-so-recently the front brake rotor. In dry conditions, everything works fine, brakes well and makes almost no noise. In rainy conditions, however, the front disk ...
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Is there difference in quality for disc brake rotors?

I am on the hunt for new rotors for my mechanical disc brakes, as the old are too twisted now and the brakes can't be adjusted without the disc rubbing the pads. What is the difference between the ...
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Converting an existing cyclocross bike to disc brakes

I have a bike (Surly Crosscheck) that is used for commuting and cyclocross. As it's a bit older and disc brakes were not legal for 'cross until recently, it has cantilever brakes for optimal mud ...
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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? All I know (I'm an amateur and a new user) is that hydraulics seem to get more ...
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When Should I replace the rotors on disk brakes?

I've probably done about 20k on the rotors I bought the bike with. They still work fine, but are visibly worn and slightly grooved from me not replacing the pads soon enough a few times. How do I ...
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Will any Avid brake bleed kit work with my Promax brakes?

I need to replenish the fluid in my front brake on my Whyte Portobello (Promax Hornet disk brake) after all of the fluid leaked out through my own mistake. I'm looking at kits like this on eBay, ...
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Uneven Disc Brake performance

I'm using Hayes CX-5 Mechanical Disc brakes with Avid The G2 CleanSweep Rotors on my cross bike. I believe the Pads that come stock with Hayes CX-5 brakes are semi-metallic. I'm experiening uneven ...
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Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?

I've never had a bike with drop handlebars, but may get one for commuting in busy London (likely a single-speed with mechanical disc brakes). This would mean riding with my hands mostly on the hoods, ...
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What's the deal with compressionless brake cable housing?

Ok folks, I'm confused and in need of advice. On my commuter (touring) bike, I just upgraded my BB5's to BB7's. In the process, decided/realized that I also need to replace my cables and housing ...
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Disc brake break-in?

Just got a bike with discs (BB7). The feel of the braking is so-so on the first ride (5km commute from LBS to home). I think the cable for the rear needs a little tightening. But even so, I don't ...
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What is the minimum tire width for a 18 mm disc rim?

I have a Croix de Fer cross bike that I purchased for touring with luggage; for commuting to work, lighter touring and some mild offroad riding. While it is nowhere stated officially, I can see on ...
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Grinding sound on new disc brakes

I have a new bike, probably a month old, which has Hayes cx 5 disc brakes. I've noticed that the front brake pad is making a grinding sound when I brake at low to moderate speeds. What could be ...
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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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Disc brake pad and rotor compatibility

The SM-RT53 rotor should be used together with resin pads. If it is used with metal pads, the pads will wear out very rapidly. from Shimano BR M-416 disc brake manual Which rotors work well ...
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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 ...