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    SLX or BB7 vs Bicycle Carrier

    Hi,
    I want to buy disc brakes - BB7 or SLX. The only problem is to mount it together with bicycle carrier. It seems quite easy to do it with SLX because it's flat, not sticking outside from adapter. I would be more happy to have BB7 but it seems there will be big problem with sticking out lever. Here is link to photos:
    http://www.fotosik.pl/pokaz_obrazek/...c012f1d8e.html
    1. BB7 with big sticking out lever
    2.my bike, there is no adapter installed yet but I already bought it
    3.my bike again
    4.photo from www showing how it looks with adapter and hydra brake

    I would appreciate any ideas how to solve this problem
    Regards.....Rafal

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    SLX are pretty much XT without all the adjustment and with a bit more weight.

    Go with them, they are way better then bb7.

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    I like simple things and after reading reviews at mtbr I think I prefer BB7. If this problem will be impossible to solve I will go for SLX. But thanks for suggestion

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    It won't matter....

    judging from the pictures, your bike rack won't work with ANY disc brake, shimano, avid or otherwise. The lower rack mount won't clear the caliper. What you will need to do if you want to run disc brakes and still run a bike rack will be to purchase a new rack that is disc brake compatable. These racks have an additional tube welded to the lower mounts and come with longer bolts that allow the vertical supports to clear the brake calipers. The link will show you an example, http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=3536 .

    As far as which brake, go with, your choice. Both the SLX and the BB7 are good brakes. I've gotta through the BS flag on the SLX being "better" than the BB7. They're not better, just different. My preference is for the mechanical BB7. I've used the SLX brakes, as well as many others, and they all perform very well. But for many reasons I like mecahnicals. I have no problem hanging with my friends that use hydros on the downhills. I've found, when set up properly, the BB7 will perform as well as many mid level hydro brakes and better than most low end hydros. But they do "feel" different than hydros.

    So, get a rack that is disc brake compatable, then choose the brake that you want. You can't go wrong with either the SLX or the BB7. But neither will work with a "standard" bike rack.

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    Problem solved: http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FDBFA

    Those adapters will make your old rack work like this one does: http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/ExplorerTubularRack_discMount

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobba
    Problem solved: http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FDBFA

    Those adapters will make your old rack work like this one does: http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/ExplorerTubularRack_discMount

    Thanks for info. It's very interesting. I would buy to test it, price is good, but shipping costs to Ireland - 29.15 USD. I'll look for this part in UK

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    Could you do me a favor and measure distance from external part of adapter for brake up to most distant piece of BB7? In 10 days I'll come back home and in meantime I'd like to solve all technical problems. But please in centimeters :]

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    If you have an angle grinder or dremmel tool you can cut out the space on the rack for the brake. It took us 2 minutes to modify with the angle grinder and it was fun!

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    Basically an aluminium block that is 15mm X 15mm X 25mm long with a 5mm hole through it and a 45mm long bolt will do the same thing as that adapter.


    Quote Originally Posted by cbrock450
    If you have an angle grinder or dremmel tool you can cut out the space on the rack for the brake. It took us 2 minutes to modify with the angle grinder and it was fun!
    I'd like to see a photo of that.

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    Well, if you can get the carrier to work with the brakes I own both brakes and I would say go with the SLX. They are the easiest hydro I've ever worked on and are superior to BB7's in terms of power and modulation IMO.
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