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Old 09-10-12, 05:38 PM   #1
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disk brakes and wheelset questions

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I have a Trek 4300 and I am wondering what a good wheel manufacturer and mechanical disk brake manufacturer would be because i have v brakes and wanted to change over to disk brakes. Or should i change? I am on the high school mountain bike team and our season has not yet began.

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Old 09-10-12, 05:46 PM   #2
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At least you spelled brakes correctly.

Does your frame and fork have caliper mounts? If so, then what is your budget?
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Old 09-10-12, 08:31 PM   #3
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Good heaven guys. I think your questions about his school and principal is totally out of line. Note that this is his first post here.

Miguel------------Welcome to this forum. For the most part you will get a lot of answers and ideas here.

Now the big question is does the rear frame and the fork have the mount tabs for disc brakes? If so, IMHO discs would be a great upgrade for you. When you think about it wearing down the rims is a really crude way for brakes to work. Disc brakes allow you to use any rim you want. For a mountan bike a good strong one would be in order.
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Avid BB7 are often held in high regard, but I haven't tried them myself.
Downright bad reviews are almost rare, and mostly reserved for "noname" brakes. Seem to remember a Promax, maybe a Clarks, and some Asian-sounding ones. MTBR.com is your friend to find out.

Don't remember the details anymore, but if you look around you'll see that there's one type of casting that is available under several different brands.

Wheels are pretty much a budget thing. Mavic Crossride is a common low/mid-price option. Fine until something breaks, as spokes are proprietary.
I'd go for anything with a Shimano hub and regular J-bend spokes. 6-bolt discs are easier to set up if you want to use more than one wheelset w/o realigning the calipers.
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yes, the bike has tabs on it, i was thinking to spend under 300. Right now i have wtb rims, i heard its more expensive to change hubs so think im just gonna get a new wheelset

thanks for the help
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... i was thinking to spend under 300. Right now i have wtb rims, i heard its more expensive to change hubs so think im just gonna get a new wheelset
Make sure your hubs aren't disc brake compatible already. There were a few years where wheels would be built with rim brake rims and disc brake hubs. Then, depending on the level of the bike they'd either fit rotors and disc brakes, or stick v-brakes on it.
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+1 Avid BB7's. Upgraded from Tektro Novellas which were just awful. Sounds like you're already checking the hubs and frame for disc brake compatibility
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i just checked the hubs arent disk compatible, ill be getting bb7's if i get anything tho
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Or should i change? I am on the high school mountain bike team and our season has not yet began. l
Wait a bit. Let the season begin. Race a couple of times. Then see what you think.

$300 is a lot to spend. It will cost every penny of that to upgrade, and maybe more.

You need new wheels, right? Good wheels will eat heavily into your budget. If you leave enough room to comfortably buy the brakes, then your new wheels won't be any better than your current ones.

So I would wait and race and see what you think after one or two events.

Consider a set of fresh pads in the meantime. (I like KoolStop brand salmon-colored pads for stopping power).

Also consider that $300 is a nice chunk of change to put aside towards an eventual new bike.

After one or two races you'll get a feel for whether and where you can spend money to improve. Get that experience under your belt before spending that $300.
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Old 09-18-12, 05:36 AM   #10
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Oh, almost forgot. Visit forums.mtbr.com. There is an active forum there specifically focused upon high-school racing. Scroll down the page and look for "NICA - High School - Collegiate Racing". You might find that forum helpful.
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Old 09-18-12, 08:28 AM   #11
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ok thanks, ill take a look. I also forgot to mention that I get a discount of like 20%
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