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Rim to Disc Brakes?

Old 10-29-09, 04:24 PM
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Rim to Disc Brakes?

So I have been getting a few suggestions to get some disc brakes. I have no idea how much money it is or if it is even worth it to put some disc brakes on my bike, a 97 GF HKEK. I ride it all the time and don't mind the rim brakes most of the time, but when it's wet or muddy out, I get annoyed.

So any info on if this is worth it, how much it would cost, etc., please let me know! Thanks!
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Old 10-29-09, 06:18 PM
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Does your fork and frame have disc brake mounts? Do you have wheels with disc mounts on the hubs? That's a good starting point...
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Old 10-29-09, 06:39 PM
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my lbs guys are usually pretty straight shooters. My frame/fork have disc tabs, but I'd need new wheels and such.

Anyway, they've said that if I don't step mine up to at least hydros, it's not really worth upgrading. They said the stopping difference to mechanicals isn't that much different than rim brakes. At least not enuff to justify the expense of a couple hundred dollars.
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Old 10-29-09, 09:13 PM
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If your frame and fork have disc mounts, you can expect to pay about $300+ for a new set of wheels and a set of Avid BB7 brakes. If you want hydraulic disc brakes you're looking at closer to $500+. Only you can say if it's worth it or not. I mean, heck, I'm sure there are people out there who are going to buy the new SRAM XX stuff where the cassette alone costs over $300...
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Old 10-30-09, 06:04 AM
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A 1997 bike? Do you even have disc brake mounts? I probably would leave it alone. It's an awfully old bike to spend a lot of money upgrading.

As for price, you can often pick up a set of Juicy 3s of eBay for $100 or so.
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It's not going to cost you $500 to do hydros. That's ridiculous. You can get a new set of disc wheels for as low as $79, although I would recommend these Sun Rhyno Lite wheels with XT hubs for $130. From there, I hunted eBay for deals on individual front and rear hydros. I got Juicy 3 fronts for about $58 and Juicy 5 rears for about the same. I just found a complete set of 3s (used) for $99 buy it now. Maybe not as fancy as some other hydros out there, but they are easy to set up, have reach adjust and work very well.
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Helmut, thanks man...that post helped a lot! Glad to see it's affordable if I choose to do the disc route.
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Either you are mistaken about the year of your HKEK or you do not have rear disc brake mounts. I had that same bike for about a year then sold it this year. It offers a nice smooth ride, but as far as handling goes it just doesn't compare to most new hardtails. It's a nice bike, and worth keeping it up, but not worth sinking big bucks into it.
If you're looking for disc brakes, consider saving up for a new bike.
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