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I just got an old 2000 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC that still uses rim brakes. I also have this 160mm rotor and this mechanical disc brake caliper.

Since none of my wheels have 6 bolt holes to mount disc brake rotor, then I need to get new wheel anyway. My goal would be to mount a fatter tire in front and leave skinnier wheel on rear (because in the rear I have electric hub motor and don't have much choice).

After attaching disc brake caliper (without any adapters) I tried to put my old wheel to get a feel on how everything would fit together. Then I noticed that disc brake caliper is touching spokes as can be seen in this picture:

caliper touching spokes

Before I go shopping for new disc brake compatible wheel I have following questions so that I would not make any rookie mistakes:

  1. Why caliper touches spokes on the old wheel? Is it because I need to get adapter for caliper as well and it would move caliper away from the hub? Or is it because spokes on disc brake compatible wheels will be arranged in a more narrow manner around hub and hence will not touch the disc brake caliper?
  2. The fork leg to fork leg distance is 103mm as can be seen in the picture. How much wider wheel I could mount there? Especially - Do fat tire wheels have wider spoke arrangement at the hub area potentially reintroducing the "spokes touching disc brake caliper" issue?
  3. Would there be any issues with having fat tire on the front and this, somewhat skinny, tire on the back?

Update#1:

How I have mounted disc brake caliper

  • Can you post a photo of the caliper mounted and the caliper mount with out the caliper attached? – mikes Oct 20 '17 at 20:50
  • @mikes I attached picture with disc brake caliper mounted (let me know if it is good enough quality). I will add the other picture without it mounted once I will get home. – Hans Solo Oct 20 '17 at 20:59
  • Why are you doing this. Its probably a down grade, but at best slight improvement for a lot of money. Put a new quality brake cable and Koolstop pads on the V brakes and 95% the time the V's will outperform the M375's – mattnz Oct 23 '17 at 6:59
  • @mattnz This upgrade is for electric bike. Battery, motor add extra weight and regular pads wear really quickly. Hence I wanted to try disc brakes to see if it will be different. Not sure if this will solve the issue I am facing though. – Hans Solo Oct 23 '17 at 17:26
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  1. The caliper is touching the wheel because the caliper was designed for a disk to be there, but the wheel was designed for spokes to be there. With a disk-brake wheel, the spoke flange on the hub is moved closer to the centerline to make room for the disk, which would be where the spokes are now. There are only a few standards for mounting disk brakes, which determine where the disk and caliper should be relative to specific points on the bike. Unless you want to mess around with adapters, you need to make sure all your parts fit the same standard. I'm guessing your fork uses the 74-mm post mount standard.
  2. This distance is called the over-locknut distance. Almost all bikes use a 100-mm standard for the front wheel. There's a more recent 110-mm standard (called "boost"). The fact that you're getting 103 mm is probably a measurement error, but that's a 100-mm hub, and you should continue to use 100-mm hubs.
  3. Not really. It's not clear exactly what kind of rim is on that motorized wheel, but you can probably mount a fatter tire on it if you want.
  • Yes, that is "74-mm post mount standard". Based on what you are saying it seems that I have the right disk brake caliper and rotor. Now I just need to buy 26" 100mm wheel with 6 bolt holes, is that right? The wheel does not care whether caliper is IS or POST mount, right? Also wider fat tire rim would fit as well as long it has disk brake support. – Hans Solo Oct 20 '17 at 21:17
  • Well, the Amazon description for rotor actually says the rotor is for IS mount. I guess I may need a new rotor that is POST mount compatible, right? – Hans Solo Oct 20 '17 at 21:23
  • The rotor has nothing to do with IS vs POST. Those are just for the caliper. – Noah Sutherland Oct 21 '17 at 0:31

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