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Old 05-26-11, 02:58 PM   #1
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Disc brake adapters (Specifically the brake therapy kit.. anyone have it?)

Have a 1995 Trek 830 I restored a few years ago. My girlfriend rides it when we go riding and I'd like to make it a little quicker stopping and put some discs on. I know what's involved up front (new fork, headset, stem) but out back, it's got V brakes in the spot where originally there were cantilevers.



This is the bike. I have a few disc wheelsets laying around and I'm curious about this.. if anyone has the kit or something else like it, and has converted, post info and pics. Thanks.
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Have a 1995 Trek 830 I restored a few years ago. My girlfriend rides it when we go riding and I'd like to make it a little quicker stopping and put some discs on. I know what's involved up front (new fork, headset, stem) but out back, it's got V brakes in the spot where originally there were cantilevers.



This is the bike. I have a few disc wheelsets laying around and I'm curious about this.. if anyone has the kit or something else like it, and has converted, post info and pics. Thanks.
If you don't have any tabs on the back for the calliper then this may help.: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=330566177506
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Good old bike but with the amount of money you spend converting it to discs you could almost buy a brand new bike that already has discs on it.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mountain_bikes.htm

Can you lock up the rear wheel with the v-brakes ?

If you can I don't think a disc brake on the rear would give any more stopping power.

If you can't then there's a problem with the v-brake as you should easily be able to.

Maybe a new set of pads like these is what you need.
A good set of levers such as the Avid Speed Dial 7 would also be helpful with braking performance.

IMHO putting a disc on the rear of that bike would be a waste of money and most likely wouldn't give any additional stopping power.

Most of the stopping power should be coming from the front brake, if I had to put a disc brake on that bike I'd only bother putting one on the fork.

Maybe your girlfriend isn't using the front brake enough and needs to alter her braking style.
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Old 05-27-11, 10:06 AM   #4
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Most of the stopping power should be coming from the front brake, if I had to put a disc brake on that bike I'd only bother putting one on the fork.
This is what I was thinking. I put a front disc on a Kona Jake, and it does everything I'd want. I only use the rear brake for modulating my speed and the cheap cantilever rear brake it came with works great for that.
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Good old bike but with the amount of money you spend converting it to discs you could almost buy a brand new bike that already has discs on it.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mountain_bikes.htm

Can you lock up the rear wheel with the v-brakes ?

If you can I don't think a disc brake on the rear would give any more stopping power.

If you can't then there's a problem with the v-brake as you should easily be able to.

Maybe a new set of pads like these is what you need.
A good set of levers such as the Avid Speed Dial 7 would also be helpful with braking performance.

IMHO putting a disc on the rear of that bike would be a waste of money and most likely wouldn't give any additional stopping power.

Most of the stopping power should be coming from the front brake, if I had to put a disc brake on that bike I'd only bother putting one on the fork.

Maybe your girlfriend isn't using the front brake enough and needs to alter her braking style.
No problems getting the back to lock up , super easy .. I have discs on my other mountain bike and like the increased performance they offer in wet situations over V-Brakes.
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