Disc brakes have been around for quite some time now on mountain bikes, tourers, tandems, even hybrids, though for road bikes we’re just starting to see the coming wave. While there are a lot of folks who have plenty of experience with discs from working with other types of bikes, there are still those who are essentially forced to learn an entirely new braking system now that discs are being found on wheels boasting skinny tires. As it turns out, there are a lotof questions out there from people across the board about set up, adjustment, and trouble shooting that we hope to at least partially address with this video series. Obviously, these videos are tailored to the Avid BB7 mechanical, though most information should pertain to most mechanical disc brakes, and a little of it like keeping the pads and rotors clean will pertain to hydraulic brakes as well. It should come as no surprise, but hydraulic discs will eliminate many of the steps needed to make mechanical discs work and feel good, but we’ll get into that later.
Keep in mind, this is no replacement for proper disc brake set up and adjustment – without that, these videos are pretty much useless. If you’re facing any of the issues described in the videos and haven’t checked out our initial setup and adjustment videos, we highly suggest you do so, before proceeding with any of these. One of the things we didn’t cover in a video is checking the trueness of the rotor itself. Honestly, it’s very unlikely that you will run into a rotor that is warped enough to need to address it, and if you do it’s best to leave that to someone who’s done it a few times to avoid ruining the rotor. If you take the time to properly set up your disc brakes, they will reward you with great long term performance and reliability.
In order to properly see the videos, simply watch it full screen. I apologize for the size of the video, as it wasn’t until after filming and editing for hours that I realized youTube really does not like portrait videos. Lesson learned, thanks for the understanding. Also please realize that it is nearly impossible to fit every bit of knowledge of disc brakes into a series of videos, no matter how long. If you’ve gone through the videos and are still having issues feel free to ask a question, or take it to your local bike shop.
With that, check out parts 2-4 after the break to dial in your brakes!