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How easy is it to change from v brakes to disc brakes

Old 06-18-17, 11:35 AM
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How easy is it to change from v brakes to disc brakes

Hi there
Until recently I was using my son's Pantera GT bike, which had hydraulic disc brakes, which were WONDERFUL. Then I bought a Carrera with disc brakes, but turns out they weren't hydraulic, which meant they were way better than V-brakes, but not a patch on the hydraulic ones.
Anyway, so both bikes got stolen 2 days after collecting the Carrera from Cambridge (hadn't done as good a job of locking them up outside as I thought I had, but having just gotten a diagnosis of the return of my breast cancer, I feel I wasn't really firing on all cylinders at the time) & a friend has just given me an Apollo Cafe 2 hybrid bike. Suffice to say it spent the first couple of weeks inside the lounge & is now locked up super tight outside.
Anyway, I digress. What I am wanting to find out, is how easy it is to change from V brakes to disc brakes on this bike. It has quick release wheels, but I am more than a little "blonde" when it comes to understanding the finer points of mechanics & the boyfriend is rightly scathing about my spatial abilities.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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On that bike, it's not possible to install disc brakes as the frame does not have the mounts for them and the wheels are not disc brake hubs.

Sorry.

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V brakes You can change to Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes ..

want hydraulic disc brakes? its N+1 time, buy another bike with them


Road bikes, ones that have hydraulic disc(Expensive end of the market ), and the others have cable disc brakes,

that is more economical...

likewise MTB & hybrids, .. though hydraulic disc brakes for those have been around longer, still cable discs are lower cost.





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Originally Posted by oupoot
Anyway, I digress. What I am wanting to find out, is how easy it is to change from V brakes to disc brakes on this bike. It has quick release wheels, but I am more than a little "blonde" when it comes to understanding the finer points of mechanics & the boyfriend is rightly scathing about my spatial abilities.
Any advice would be appreciated.
OK blondie - not impossible but almost.

Good news is that properly adjusted V-brakes ought to serve you just fine on your hybrid. Save the hydraulic disc brakes and electronic shifting and power meter for your next dream bike.

Best wishes on your treatment.
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Thanks a span for that - appreciate advice lol...
Start chemo tomorrow morning - last one should be 9th Oct, all being well!
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thanks a span
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thanks a span - now that the v brakes are adjusted, they are working really well - enough to fishtail me a little when I pull them too hard lol
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You can change out the fork to add disc brakes up front. But, not a super cheap conversion as you have to buy a new fork, front wheel, and the disc calipers (probably mechanical, or TRP mechanical/hydraulic).

As above, I'd keep your bike as-is.
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Thanks a span for that - appreciate advice lol...
Start chemo tomorrow morning - last one should be 9th Oct, all being well!
Good luck! I hope you can work in a few rides during the good days! Enjoy them!

Assuming the chemo will have adverse effects, a story. Dan Ariely (an Israeli academic who was horribly burned in a military accident in his youth, and who had to go through chemo later) had the strategy of watching a movie he hadn't seen earlier, on his chemo days. He'd get the therapy, start the movie, and when he felt sick, he'd hit the pause button, get sick, then hit the run button. Not sure if you face this level of adverse effects, but I hope you can figure out tricks like this to keep positive and minimize the negative.
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You can convert the frame to take discs with an adaptor. A2Z makes such an adaptor.

But conversion to discs will cost some money. Need new wheels (biggest cost) and all the other disc brake parts.

If you are not mechanically inclined, i suggest not converting. Discs have their own unique problems, specific to mechanical and hydraulic.

After spending an inordinate amount of time adjusting mechanical discs, i converted to hydraulic, to experience down time from stuck pistons. I am going back to mechanical v brakes.
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