Mountain Biking - upgrading to a better caliper
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12-09-04, 08:39 PM
I currently have promax mechanical discs and they are driving me nuts. I have been searching ebay for a better brake setup but only the caliper. I found a front avid mechanical caliper but i'm not sure if it will fit my rotor. I imagine they wouldnt be too diffrent and should fit. The rotor isn't oversized i'm not sure what size they are though. I don't want to shell out a mess of cash for a new set of discs because i plan on getting a KHS Witch DR or Banshee Chaperall.
I found a set of tektro calipers that are said to fit 160mm rotors. I would much rather buy due to the low price and the fact its a unused set.
Is 160 the "standard" size?
12-09-04, 08:45 PM
Avid are good, I haven't heard a bad word about them, if you're going to go on ahead and get them, a new rotor can be had cheap, you can probably get a lightly used one from someone here on the site that they've upgraded from. 160mm is 6" rotors, 200/203mm is 8" rotors...most ppl run 6" rotors, though some run 8"
Heres a used avid on ebay.
12-09-04, 10:29 PM
ive got a front one and it is awesome. i havent had one problem.
Avid is the first and last name in Mechanical disc brakes. Accept no substitute
12-10-04, 03:55 AM
I have yet to hear of or find any mechanical disc that comes even anywhere near in the same solar system as the Avid BB7's. On the other hand, I would love to see a comparo between the Juicy 7's and various other Hydro discs on the market, namely the Magura Julies and Hope Monos.
12-10-04, 06:56 AM
When you buy an Avid BB7, it's usually packaged as the caliper AND a rotor.
Promax, Tektro and even Hayes Mechanicals pale in comparison to the simplicity of installation and the performance of the Avid's. I do caution you though. There is a BB5 which is an OEM product and the BB7. Stick with the BB7's.
And cryo, I'd like to see the same, but add to your list the new El Camino from Hayes.
12-10-04, 01:18 PM
I haven't seen the new Hayes El Camino yet. Does it replace any existing models or is it a new entry into their model line? As far as Mechs go, not only do the Avids seem to be the nicest, they also seem to be the best-made ones out there. I've not been too impressed with the construction of the other brands I've seen (Shimano, Tektro, Hayes).
12-10-04, 04:27 PM
Avoid tektro like the plague! Go avid! Theres a reason EVERY time a question about "what disc brake" comes up somebody mentions it. Just look in the archives,
Avoid tektro like the plague! Go avid! Theres a reason EVERY time a question about "what disc brake" comes up somebody mentions it. Just look in the archives,You finally get yours figured out?
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