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Old 10-04-07, 11:06 AM   #1
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DISK BRAKE MOUNTS?is, is qr ,qr??

im looking to buy a front disk brake and different disk brakes ive looked at seem to have different mounts such as IS, IS QR, and QR but i dont know which one will fit my hub? also, does the size of the disc rotor matter? and is there any difference to fitting a hydraulic disk than a mechanical disk?

btw its 6 mount hole(?dont know the terminology?) hope sport hub incase that matters.
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Old 10-04-07, 12:08 PM   #2
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There's a good discussion of this on wikipedia. There's basically three variables: disc hub mount, disc diameter, and caliper mount. The hub and the disc must match so you can bolt the disc to the hub and there are basically two standards - center-loc used by Shimano and an IS six-bolt used by most everybody else. The caliper must be designed for a certain disc diameter (e.g., 160mm). Finally, the caliper must have the proper mounting holes to bolt to the fork leg and there are basically two standards here - IS and post mount, although there is a simple adapter to convert from one to the other.

If you buy a common disc brake kit it will come with matched up caliper and rotor, and probably will have the IS to post-mount adapter, so you just need to make sure you get the right hub. Unless you're going Shimano, you probably will want a six-bolt IS hub.

Hyd vs. mechanical gets into what you have to bolt up on the handlebar - obviously, you have to have a different brake lever to have the master cylinder. If you're doing a retrofit, you probably just want to stick to mechanical and then you can use your existing brake levers.

Avid BB5's and BB7's are very well liked for a mechanical disc brake.

All this from someone who has spec'd some brakes out, but never actually done a retrofit. So keep in mind what you paid for this advice.

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Old 10-05-07, 09:53 AM   #3
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u answered all my questions in one. thankyou.
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