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    Kona Wo brake change

    I just got the Kona Wo and love how it rides, but the brakes (Tektro mechanical) are not good. The spacing on the rims between the brake attachment and the caliper location looks much different than on my normal mountain bikes. I want to change the brakes...can I use any disc brake I want, do I need some sort of spacer, or will only certain ones work?

    Thanks!

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    There two different mounts for calipers ,post and the other one .If you want to use the same brake lever you would need to use a mechanical brake like the Avid BB7. A new brake set should come with what you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    There two different mounts for calipers ,post and the other one .If you want to use the same brake lever you would need to use a mechanical brake like the Avid BB7. A new brake set should come with what you need.

    Thanks. Appreciate the response. I want new levers and calipers so I will look for ones with the adaptor.

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    I just replaced my brake calipers on my Trek Marlin, from Tektro Novela's to Avid BB7's. Used the stock levers and cables. I got them for $50 a set from JensenUSA.
    It is a great upgrade from the Tektro Novela's. The pads on the BB7's are nearly twice the size of the Novela's just to give you an idea.

    Edit: The Avid BB7's each came with a 0mm IS to Post mount adapter and a 20mm IS to Post mount adapter.

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    If you have one piece shifter/brake mounts you would need to replace the shifters also.

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