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Mechanical Disc Brake Upgrade

pma73pma73 Posts: 116
edited October 2016 in Cyclocross
Guys - I currently have Avid BB5 road's fitted to my Boardman CX. Now that I have two wheel sets, I find that I'm having to adjust the brake pads everytime I swap the wheels as the rotors must sit slightly differently on the two wheel sets.

This is a bit of a pain with the BB5's as you can only adjust one of the pads, the other I have to realign the brake cable.

I was thinking either BB7 roads or SRP Spyre as a replacement, what do you guys think?



  • That won't necessarily stop that problem. Essentially different rotors/wheels/hubs can sit in different places. So swapping the brakes won't remove that, but having an easier brake to work on might. Essentially you just need to be loosening the bolts, grabbing the lever and realigning. It's true that other brakes are better than the BB5. I'd not go BB7. Spyre, Spyre SLC, TRP Hy Rd or Juin Tech R1.
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 25,774 Lives Here
    If it is a very small difference you might get away without realigning anything if you use one of the semi-hydraulic calipers. Get the wheel in and whilst it may bind on one side initially a good squeeze on the brake should move the fluid around to compensate. At least it should work in theory if it's a small enough difference. Any purely mechanical set up you will have to realign manually.
  • andy9964andy9964 Posts: 930
    The cheapest option would probably be something like this on one wheel set ... lsrc=aw.ds
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