Forum home Mountain biking forum MTB workshop & tech

Another brake question

icoopercolicoopercol Posts: 12
edited March 2008 in MTB workshop & tech
Hello new here,

How hard is it to fit a new set of disc brakes?

Did think of just buying from my local LBS but seen a few deals elsewhere at better prices. The only thing was if i buy from LBS they will fit for free, they also have a less choice.

Please try and advise me!! :oops: :oops: :idea:


  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    They are not that hard to be honest, although if you're not confident in your technical ability i wouldn't advise it.

    Getting them on the bike is one thing, getting them to work is another.......

    Read the manual, step by step and as long as you have the right tools you should be fine, all you really need is Allen keys.

    Some brakes (most in fact) are pre-bled and ready to fit, others are not.

    What brakes are you looking at getting?

    You also need to make sure 100% that you order the right connectors etc (ie IS, postmount etc)
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,922
    If you buy them already set-up as in bled and levers connected to calliper, it isn't too difficult. My first experience of installing disc brakes wasn't daunting, I was careful as I was a DB virgin but it is a case of mounting rotor to wheels, callipers to frame, levers to bars and routing the hoses. Mine were slightly too long so made a 2nd attempt at routing the rear. Calliper adjustment isn't too hard after reading the instructions. Like most men instructions were the last stage of the install :oops:
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • Thanks,

    Cheesy , i were looking to upgrade to shimano deore, as the ones on the bike are hayes sole, which i believe are a single pot were as the shimano is twin pot.

    I looked at Merlins site and they have an XT/XTR set up that was not much more than my LBS for deore kit .

    So after that babble, still fairly straight forward?? :)
  • Oh i think the fitting would be post mount, Marazzochi pro eta.
    Thats if i keep same size disc .
    Yes No???
  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    Marz are postmount.

    I think of all of the brake systems out there (and this is just what I have heard only - not the gospel) that shimano are a little fiddly to set up first of all.

    I have only ever installed Avid/Hope and recently Magura which all went straight on.

    Disk size is a preference, so fitting will be the same, just make sure you have the relative adapter (160/180 etc)

    Shimano brakes are great and will be a HUUUUUUUGGGE improvement over the soles...
  • Most excellant!!!

    Another novice helped out by a bunch of helpful people

Sign In or Register to comment.