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    disc brake upgrade? $$$

    so i may have found a bike that i want for a bout 200. it is a 2007 schwinn rocket. it looks nice except it doesnot have disc brakes. how much would it cost to upgrade to disc brakes? and what would i need to do so? i would like to get some basic hydro brakes. what would all this run me? and how hard would it be for a noob to do this at home? i am not sure if the rear triangle or fork have tabs for disc brakes either.

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    My bike still uses XT V-brakes and I see no need to upgrade to discs. Going to discs would require frame and fork with mounts for calipers and new wheel hubs if your current hubs do not have mounts for discs.

    This can cost you alot more than $200.
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    A frame and fork with mounts ,the brakes ,wheels with hubs that accept rotors ,levers for the hydros. The cheepest you do it for with just wheels and brakes is about 300$.

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    do the wheels already have a six-bolt interface for mounting a rotor? do the frame and fork have tabs for attaching calipers?

    the 2007 Schwinn Rocket looks like a pretty flimsy bike to tell you the truth. i think you could do much better with a used hard tail for that price.

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    If you're really lusting for disc brakes you're better off passing on that bike and getting one that already has them. I just swapped out my mechanical discs on one bike for hydros, and it cost $500. Upgrading a rim brake equipped bike, assuming you have caliper mounts on the frame and fork already could double that.

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