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Old 07-20-07, 06:45 AM   #1
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cheapest way to fit bike w/discs?

1) hey guys, i've been interesting in putting disc brakes on my bike but i came to the problem that i need new hubs and crap, is there anyway cheaper to put discs on a bike besides buying new hubs (like a adaptor ?)
2) and what is the cheapest possible disc brake set out there?


yes i've done my research and have a idea but i'd like to keep it under 100$
heres my research:
1) http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true
2)im stuck on the hub part tho
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Old 07-20-07, 06:55 AM   #2
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1) hey guys, i've been interesting in putting disc brakes on my bike but i came to the problem that i need new hubs and crap, is there anyway cheaper to put discs on a bike besides buying new hubs (like a adaptor ?)
2) and what is the cheapest possible disc brake set out there?


yes i've done my research and have a idea but i'd like to keep it under 100$
heres my research:
1) http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true
2)im stuck on the hub part tho

(1) Super glue is cheap.
(2)You gotta pay to play

kidding aside, I'd look on ebay, craigslist, or local papers, or garage sales. Either way, you'll still need disc compatible wheels/hubs.
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Old 07-20-07, 07:08 AM   #3
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would it be worth it to get a new wheelset or just hubs?
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Old 07-20-07, 07:47 AM   #4
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just get a new wheelset. you'd have to get your hubs laced anyway.
unless you get really lucky on craigslist, chances are, this job will cost a minimum of $200.
what kind of bike are you putting these on?
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Old 07-20-07, 07:53 AM   #5
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Be careful with what you use as an adapter.... I highly recommend calling the frame manufacturer first! That is if your frame does not have the molded/prefab. Disc mounts....

Many frames that are pre-disc mount era, will not warranty their frames if the owner chooses to use the "clamp-on" brackets/after-market mounts. They say that the frame is not designed to with stand the amount of load placed on it at that joint/junction. Apparently since the dawn of disc mounts - the chainstays have been beefed-up quite a bit in that location on the frame in-order to tolerate such forces.
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Old 07-20-07, 08:17 AM   #6
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You can cut your costs in half by only doing the front wheel. Since this is the wheel that does the serious braking, this is the only one that really NEEDS discs.
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You can cut your costs in half by only doing the front wheel. Since this is the wheel that does the serious braking, this is the only one that really NEEDS discs.

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...and pony up the cash for an Avid BB7, it's the least expensive brake that's actually worth a damn.
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would it be worth it to get a new wheelset or just hubs?
Get new wheels. Ebay the old ones to recover some fraction of your costs.
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Yes, get new wheels. But I will throw this out just to stir the pot: A little company up in BC called First Priciples DOES make adapters to convert hubs to disc:

http://www.firstprinciples.ca/

...but I think that you would have to have some awefully special non-disc hubs that you were wanting to keep to go to the trouble.
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My thought is this... brakes are a piece of equipment that provides a certain level of safety when riding. Ask yourself if it is really worth it to upgrade cheaply.
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Old 07-20-07, 01:37 PM   #11
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its ona haro extreme '99 with a 04' frame. and well 200$. outa my price range ,im just trying to enjoy mtb'ing while keeping up with these freegin trends...
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Old 07-20-07, 04:28 PM   #12
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The disk brakes that are cheap you don't want, and the disk brakes you want aren't cheap.

brakes are a safety thing, i wouldn't buy the cheapo ones as you probably wouldn't see a big improvement over your V-brakes. if your V-brakes suck then the 1st cheapest way to improve them would be to get some better pads, clean the rims, and have them fine tuned by yourself or by an LBS for $10 - $20

the 2nd cheapest way is to upgrade the V brakes, some quality V's (Avid, XT, etc..) would blow away those Forte house discs.
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Old 07-20-07, 07:54 PM   #13
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Cheapest way is to simply retain the cable-pull calipers and massive 26" diameter disc brakes that are already on the bike!
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