Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: So Cal
Bikes: Specialized Hardrock Comp w/FreeRadical
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider
Yes I am aware that if I install a free radical kit the U-brake would have to go. I'm just concerned whether or not the old brake or brake mounts would interfere with the kit or if the free radical kit is fully equipped to have a disc brake transplanted onto it.
I don't see anyway that the old brake mounts would interfere with the Free Radical kit. The "tongue" from the old dropouts forward is very narrow...narrower than the tire that was there before. And, of course, you are removing the old brake that mounts in the same place as the tongue.
The Free Radical is fully equipped for a disc brake caliper. My Hayes mechanical simply bolted in place. The only "mod" was having to go to a 203mm rotor and to add a caliper protector to prevent interference with the caliper and wear on the Free Radical. I didn't buy the Xtracycle protector. I just made one from a garage wall hook.
You can see details of the caliper mounting and the protector at the link.
Does that answer the questions? I'd be happy to photograph other details of my Specialized Hardrock installation if that will help.