Te mortuo heres tibi sim?
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East coast
Bikes: hardtail, squishy, fixed roadie, fixed crosser
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Originally Posted by Maelstrom
I just ordered an avid front brake, but it came with the wrong adaptor. Are the calipers front and rear specific? Or can I just order a new avid adaptor. Or better yet, can I use a hayes adaptor?
nope, the calipers are not front/rear specific. you just use whatever adapter you need for whatever frame/fork you have. they likely sent you a rear kit. only real difference is that it comes with the rear adapter instead of the front.
at least one of the hayes will work. i've used a hayes front IS 160mm mount with my front avids in the past (was in a hurry, and it was all i could find locally) and it worked. not sure what others may or may not work, depending on what rotor size you are using; i don't think any of there other ones will work. the avids are cheaper, but i can't tell a difference functionally. in fact, i think that hayes mount is still in use on the front of my SS.
FYI: you can also use a 140mm rotor from hope or formula on the rear with avids, if you use the FRONT adapter in the rear. it's weird, but it works. doing it on my XC SS, and it works fine.
got 185mm/160mm on the other bike. looooooooove avid brakes!