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    Drum Brake help

    I am thinking of upgrading my older Diamondback response with better brakes. The V-brakes have more than enough stopping power but are finicky with rubbing issues and are a pain to a point where I disconnect them when they get muddy. I want to upgrade the front to a hydraulic disk but on my frame there is no mount for a rear disk. So I was wondering if it is possible to put a rear drum brake on a mountain bike and where I can find one of these drum brakes.

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    Sturmey-Archer makes a drum/freehub and a drum/freewheel hub, here's a drum/freehub hub on ebay:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/STURMEY-ARCHER-X...item35a8a77359

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    Excuse my ignorance but will my existing cassette slide right on to this?
    I assume I will need a new brake cable?
    What would I have to do for a rim?
    Are they wet or dry brakes and how often would I have to replace the pads?

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    Upgrading just the front to a disk may be satisfactory.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    The drums are dry, the bearings are sealed, your existing cassette should fit fine. You'll need a cable, housing and lever, your existing lever should be OK. It's a rear brake (light use), pads are pretty thick, who knows how long they'll last, long time for sure. You'll need to have the hub built into a wheel. Honestly, I wouldn't bother, rim brake in the back will be fine. This will cost you $250 by the time you're done. It's a rear brake....

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