Disc brake question...

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Disc brake question...

Postby fraz » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:03 am

I'm chucking together a rigid MTB commuter and want to put just a front disc on it. I'm just looking for cheap parts and -especially with our dollar the way it is- ordering from the US seems a good option but I know they have their levers the wrong way around. I've never worked with disc brakes before so am just wondering, if I buy a front disc kit it's presumably going to come with a left hand lever ...which obviously isn't the end of the world as it will still work but I'd rather have the right lever than the left upside down. If, however, I bought a rear brake, will that not fit on the front mount? Sorry I know this is probably a dumb question but I've been out of the MTB scene since before disc brakes were available on anything but the top of the line, so I'm not well versed.
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by BNA » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:57 pm


Re: Disc brake question...

Postby MountGower » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:57 pm


As good as the dollar gets, prices and postage will always be better in the UK for us. Try CRC. They will have plenty of Front/RH Lever options.

Re: Disc brake question...

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:07 pm

<the rear brqke caliper will fit front as well...but by the time someone cuts the xtra length of cable off and rebleeds it you might as well have got a front from the UK.
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Re: Disc brake question...

Postby Fred Nurk » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:54 pm

Some brakes are interchangeable, such as Avid Juicy, some aren't. You'll still need to cut the cable and bleed them if you buy a rear, and you'll still need to get an adaptor (unless you have post mount forks and 160mm rotors).

I don't know which brakes are front / rear specific unfortunately, but for the most part the prices in UK are just as good.
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Re: Disc brake question...

Postby fraz » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:32 am

Thanks for the advice, you've all been very helpful.
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