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    New question here. Avid Mechs on Formula hubs


    My commuting bike currently has Formula MD1 disk brakes on it but they are coming to the end of their life. I am considering getting Avids as replacements, however, my hubs are Formulas with four holes instead of six.

    Would I be able to use the current Formula hubs and disks with the Avid calipers? Or do I have to convince the wife that I need new wheels as well (considering Mavic Crosslands).

    The Formula hubs are still going strong so it seems a waste to chuck them as well.


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    The MD 1 had 165 mm rotors and the Avid has 160 mm rotors as far as I know. The good part is that we do offer 160 mm rotors with 4 bolts. The rotors cost $ 33.00 each.


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    Based on Thor's comments...

    ...you have the option of putting a small 2.5mm stack of washers between the adapter and the Avid caliper to make up half of the 5mm rotor difference. This is assuming the rotor side-to-side offset is the same as IS (which I assume it is).

    You could also track down an old set of v1 Avid calipers which were built for 165mm rotors, but those are scarce.

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