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Old 10-15-15, 10:58 AM
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best disc brake for touring? surly

I have a LHT. Presently it has rim brakes front and rear. I want to change the front to a disc brake. (new fork, build a new wheel, etc) I am not familiar with what is a good sturdy brand of disc brake. For touring. One that holds up well. And one that is easily repairable and the ability to find parts.
My surly is a 46 (48?) cm frame. 26" tires. the tires I use are typically about 1 1/2". plan to tour fully loaded. panniers front and back.
I build my own wheels...even if I can find a wheel that fits my budget, I really like building wheels!
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Old 10-15-15, 11:22 AM
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hub with centerlock spline*, so disc can be easily removed for packing the bike in a box,,
thereby packed separately to not get bent in transit.



mechanical ? the Avid BB7 is popular . wholesaler QBP stocks all the small parts .

TRP Hy Rd is a hybrid cable pulled hydraulic .. lots more money..
(probably have to replace the whole thing if more than a worn brake pad )

* Shimano design , though I got a Schmidt dynamo hub with centerlock spline . SON 28 new
tool to remove its lock ring, is like the one for shimano cassette lock rings

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Old 10-15-15, 11:52 AM
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forgot to mention in my original post that I would like a generator hub as well...is there such a thing as a 36 h, generator/disc hub? that is tour worthy?
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Old 10-15-15, 12:21 PM
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In the link above I offered " Spoke Drillings: ... 36" http://www.nabendynamo.de/produkte/p...neu_e_2012.pdf
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Agree, BB7 is a good choice. lots of adjustability, easy to work on. I find they are fiddly to setup with road levers for good feel and no drag but it is possible - all those adjustments come in handy.
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Sturmey Archer makes a dynamo Drum brake hub , then you dont need a new fork ..

Drum brake friction shoes on a Bicycle last for lifetimes ..

Sturmey Archer | X-FDD ... Sturmey Archer | XL-FDD

my non dynamo Drum brake hub is on its 30th year , the company in UK has moved to its new owners
between then and now.

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Rim brakes work for touring... But if you feel you must have a disc up front I'd stay with mechanical instead of hydro. Having a hydro disc up front and a rim brake in the back means you'll have to have two different brake levers.
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shimano alfine dynamo disc hubs are also made.. DIY web search that one ..
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There are separate versions for road and mtb brake levers. Make sure you get the correct one.

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Agree, BB7 is a good choice. lots of adjustability, easy to work on. I find they are fiddly to setup with road levers for good feel and no drag but it is possible - all those adjustments come in handy.
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I would prefer non hydraulic..i did not specify that in my original post. Sooo. what i'm looking for is a dynamo (generator), disc brake hub for 36 hole wheel for touring. I want to be able to run lights, but mostly to be able to recharge phone.
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This thread gave me an idea for our LHT's. Buy a new fork and have a disc brake on the front.
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i've used and installed a shimano xt disc brake and the quality is excellent. the road version is identical save the lever.
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BB7 has been pretty durable for me but if you want the best regardless of cost, check out the Klamper from Paul Components. It is a lot like a BB7 but better quality materials and metal pad adjust dials instead of plastic like the BB7 has, which have been known to melt when they get too hot.
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
This thread gave me an idea for our LHT's. Buy a new fork and have a disc brake on the front.
You will need a new front wheel too. ;p
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Got that covered as the hub is already a disc .
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