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    What are 'fixed pads' and 'floating pads' ?

    For example, Tektro Io is 'floating', and Promax DSK-320 is 'fixed'. Which part are they talking about? What does it affect?
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    Floating isn't quite the right word to my mind with a mechanical brake but means both pads move when braking. A system with a fixed pad means one pad is manipulated via your brake lever action and pushes the rotor into the fixed pad (which is fine, the rotors can flex just fine, the fixed pad location is actually a way of modulating the braking).
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    Thanks. My LBS said that 'to make the inner pad rub intentionally to prevent rotor flexing'. Well, should I? I had the Tektro ones, they worked fine, and I'm about to get a new bike with the Promax ones.
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    I wouldn't recommend any mechanical disc brake except the Avid BB7. The others just don't work nearly as well. How much you looking at spending? Oops, just noticed you're buying a complete bike.
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    first I would run like hell from that bike shop, then i would find whoever made your brakes website, and get the manual and set them up that way. your LBS has no idea what the hell they are talking about.
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    Ya, my brakes don't come with manuals. They are not Codes.
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    Um, I'm getting a 500$ ENTIRE bike with these brakes. Parts: Zilch suspension, generic rims/tires/bar/stem/QR, Shimano RD-M410 rear clock, Shimano FD-C102 front clock, Shimano ST-EF50 clock drive sticks...
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    just because your brakes aren't DH brakes doesn't mean they don't have a manual. I am sure on the manufacturers website they will have something. Anyway, if you can adjust both sides of the pad contact, the hubside determines your modulation, how grabby it is. your outboard pad(the one that moves) determines your engagment point. and btw, what the hell is a clock and a drive stick?
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    I don't believe that humans can change. Seen it, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b4 stealth
    I was wondering why it would even take 30 seconds if it were there, so waited and waited while that site loaded, then it was quick to locate...
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    Hmm, no manual for model DSK-320...
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    Not sure but would think the DSK-400 manual isn't terribly different...looking back in the thread, what do you need the manual for?
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    No, it's just someone said that all brakes come with instructions.
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    Even most bikes don't come with decent manuals...more about making all kinds of warnings to make the company lawyers happy...
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    those promax disk brakes are the worst brakes i've ever squeezed. I wouldn't run like hell from that shop, you talked to 1 sales guy who either A) knows that those promax brakes aren't gonna stop you, so by making them rub at least they'll have a chance or B) is a total dingus, but who knows what the rest of the people there are like.

    I would be very anxious riding down a trail on something with promax disks; they speak for the rest of the bike.

    I'm not a snob, i've got a bike with cheapo disks (tekro io) too, just trying to give a warning.
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