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> V brakes to Disc brakes Conversion on old Frame, Change to Disc brakes on frame with no disc brake mounts
mbElf
post Jan 21 2012, 09:33 PM
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Hi all,

I have an old trek 6500 (in dragon fly orange) bike which i have riding around swinley. I love it and i think i prefer it to my trek ex8 full susser. The only thing is that it has V brakes which don't work so well when its wet.

Is there any easy way of mounting disc brakes on a frame that was not designed for disc brakes?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

cheers

Maj
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KurvZ
post Jan 21 2012, 09:42 PM
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QUOTE(mbElf @ Jan 21 2012, 09:33 PM) *
Hi all,

I have an old trek 6500 (in dragon fly orange) bike which i have riding around swinley. I love it and i think i prefer it to my trek ex8 full susser. The only thing is that it has V brakes which don't work so well when its wet.

Is there any easy way of mounting disc brakes on a frame that was not designed for disc brakes?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

cheers

Maj



http://2btherapy.com/bikes/brake-therapy-conversion-kit
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bazza
post Jan 21 2012, 10:24 PM
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QUOTE(KurvZ @ Jan 21 2012, 09:42 PM) *

Interesting idea!
I wouldn't bother, though.
Most of the braking force is done by the front wheel. This solution is only for the rear. If I were to only convert one wheel to disc, it would be the front.
So, I'm guessing that means a new fork is need for the front - that is disc compatible. Add on the lever+caliper+rotor and new wheel/hub, and you could get a half-decent new hardtail that's already running discs f&r.


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Suggsey
post Jan 22 2012, 07:26 PM
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I recommend ditching the adaptor approach and just get some Magura HS33 hydraulic rim brakes. I used to run them on my circa 1998 Marin Alpine Trail and they were almost as effective as a set of hydraulic discs wet or not.
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Gareth
post Jan 22 2012, 10:39 PM
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Top answers I have to agree Maguras or a new fork if you need one anyway. Obviously financially some of this won't make sense but if you're feeling the love who cares?


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Ibbo
post Jan 23 2012, 09:30 AM
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I had something similar on my old GT XCR3000 i-drive:-


Quite heavy and always felt a bit flexy disgusted.gif

Personally I'd just go for a disc up front if converting a non-disc frame.


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jes
post Jan 23 2012, 08:10 PM
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New bike agree.gif
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