- What cable disc brakes?
Avid BB7s. You won’t regret it, I don’t. They are easy to set up, have good ‘feel’, are really powerful, easy to maintain, allow you a choice of levers and when they do need some TLC they don’t contain fluids that’ll strip the skin from your hands.
For the record, I had Mono Minis before.Posted 9 years ago
Juicy 5s and Mono Minis. LBS claim various ‘problems’ including mud on rotors – wtf? Rear has always been fine but the front hasn’t – juddering, sticking pistons, pants braking power (going downhill and pedalling they’re no where near slowing me down) even compared to my old rim brakes… It’s been 2 years and one broken collarbone (minis) and I’ve had enough…Posted 9 years ago
My missus has a set of BB5s on her commuter – I soooooooooooo wish now we had got hydros for it. Faff to set up. needs cables readjusting every week or so, need to be set up from scratch every month or so – a total pain. The Hopes on two other bikes have needed virtually zero fiddling with veer the same number f miles.
Avoid IMO / IMEPosted 9 years agoClinkSubscriber
Faff to set up. needs cables readjusting every week or so, need to be set up from scratch every month or so – a total pain
what are you doing??? OK sometimes the initial setup is a bit faffy, but on my commuter (Road BB7s) I reckon I adjust the pads 2 or 3 times a year and thats it!Posted 9 years agojulianwilsonMember
A quick question for you cable disc fans; do you also use gas lighting at home?
no gas lighting (and 3 other sets of hydraulics) but two of my four bikes also have 8 speed rears. One has isis and one has square taper. All have inner tubes.
I have heard that some of the folk on here have only one gear. 😯 😯 😯Posted 9 years ago
Clink – the BB5s have only one pad adjustor – the other is done on the cable. they need readjusting every week or two and I find it a pita doing it so as to get a decent feel at the lever and no rub.
I set them up as per the avid instructions. its just a faff around getting good lever feel with no rub wheras my hopes get an annual service and that is all.Posted 9 years ago
I’ve just sold 2 sets of Hayes Nines on here, one set was 4 years old, the other 3. I put new pads in them when they wore out every few months, that is all. I replaced one set with SLX and one with Saint 810s. These were taken out of the box and bolted on. They work. Brilliantly. I don’t understand, but each to their own.Posted 9 years ago
I’ve got Avid BB7s and use the Full Metal Jacket outers with them both,they’re as good as my brother’s Deore hydralic brakes,though that’s all i have to compare them with. I found that using a zip tie to attach the guide for the front fork FMJ worked okay,rather than sitcking it onto the fork crown,and used thick Evo Stick glue to stick the cable ferruels onto the ends of the metal tube,because i didn’t have a heat gun handy. I made my metal tube long enough to stop the plastic ferruel from toughing the tube guide that i zip tied on,just in case,and it’s all worked even though it’s not how Avid tell you to do it.
They’re really hassle free and i like them a lot.
TimPosted 9 years agogrummMember
Juicy 5s and Mono Minis. LBS claim various ‘problems’ including mud on rotors – wtf? Rear has always been fine but the front hasn’t – juddering, sticking pistons, pants braking power (going downhill and pedalling they’re no where near slowing me down) even compared to my old rim brakes… It’s been 2 years and one broken collarbone (minis) and I’ve had enough…
They must not have been set up right surely. I have had Juicy 3s for the last 8 months with no problems whatsoever. They stop me superbly with one finger and I weigh 16 st and ride aggressive xc 😉Posted 9 years ago
I chose cable pulls for thier lack of ‘potential’ complexity compared to hydralic brakes,so my cycling is as ‘not having much to thinking about’ as possible,i have cable pull discs and flattie pedals and friction thumbies,i just need to maintain by bearings and chain,and can have a cup of tea when i get back from a ride,instead of adjusting my gears or cleat tension or having to bleed or set up my hydralic brakes.
I try and keep cycling as the one corner of life that’s not complicated. 🙂Posted 9 years ago
Timothy D, I’m there with you in the quest for an easy life. That’s the beauty of hydro discs; fit, forget, change pads, forget, fit pads, forget, repeat to fade – well actually no, they never fade either. I have never bled a hydraulic brake on a bike; am I doing something wrong?
I’m not questioning the use of cable discs per se, but I do question their preference above hydraulic systems.Posted 9 years agotomzoMember
Similar story to tandemjeremey and billyboy. Constantly adjusting my BB5’s, pretty average performance and I think a hydro cable is much better that a metal one-no dirt intake, kinks, frayed cables etc and once bled to how you like it, it’ll be like that for ages.
had juicy 5’s after which were pretty good, then shimano deore, which were probably better tbh.Posted 9 years agoHarryburgundyMember
Cycle Sports are a good source for BB7’s at the moment…10% off all orders and free postage….very good service too (no, I don’t work there 😉 )Posted 9 years ago
Don’t forget the all important….good levers (XTR?) and cables.
I have no argument with the power of the bb5s – just that they are so much more of a fiddle to maintain than hydros
– only if you brake enough to wear down the pads noticably during a single ride. think I only had to touch my old BB7s about every few months or so and even then it was a 30sec job.Posted 9 years agoHTTP404Member
I’ve used BB5s and BB7s. Not had a problem setting up either.Posted 9 years ago
They can be a faff to set up and the only real problem is getting them properly aligned so they don’t rub and make squeaking noises whilst riding. Reliable though.
I’ve just moved over to maguras. So time will tell whether that was the right thing.
Incidently, my friend’s 07 XTs squeak like buggery and I constantly hear of avid juicys with stuck pistons.
Al – they have a cable adjuster at each end so I don’t see how an inline adjuster will help. Hopefully the better levers now on the bike will alleviate the issue ( the previous levers were not pulling enough cable hence making set up even more fiddly)
I think that the issue with cable discs stems from the fact you are turning a movement in cm at the lever to a movement in mm at the pad – thus is tolerances are slightly out in the mechanism a tiny bit of play means they are less effective.Posted 9 years ago
as fiddly perhaps
Still a fiddle and a faff imo / ime even with better levers.
They have their advantages no doubt – some of the tandem boys rate them for the fact there is no fluid to overheat – but then they melt the plastic adjusters. Still easier to repair a cable than a hose.
I just prefer the self adjusting faff free hydros to a brake that needs to be adjusted on a regular basisPosted 9 years agophiiiiilSubscriber
I have BB7s on my commute/just-riding-around bike; they are very good indeed. The only downside I find is that when they get wet they are the NOISEST THINGS ON EARTH! I can play tunes on them as the front makes a slightly different pitch noise to the rear. I’ve tried all sorts to shut them up but to no avail…Posted 9 years agoSaccadesMember
Bike 1 – BB7’s for 6 years and no bother at all.
Bike 2 – HFX-9, then Juicy7’s, just not up to standard and have just bought a set of BB7’s to go on instead.
Also tried shinano Deore hydros and they didn’t blow me away either.
BB5’s are a bit shit and more fiddley, whereas the BB7’s just do the job perfectly.Posted 9 years ago
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