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    Best Mechanical Disc Upgrade?

    I've got a bike with Tektro IO mechanical disc brakes and I want to upgrade with better mechanicals.

    So far, the best mechanical reviews I've read are for BB7s.

    Any recommendations would be very appreciated!

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    there are no other recommendations. for mech brakes BB7s are the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by B@dKarma
    there are no other recommendations. for mech brakes BB7s are the best
    Can I use the stock levers that came on the bike for the BB7 calipers or do they have to be Avid levers?
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    +1 on the BB7's.
    Great stopping power, and couldn't be easier to adjust.
    I'm using Shimano levers, and they work just fine. As long as they're long pull, you should be fine.

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    You can use the Tektro's but as cheap as the Speed Dial 7 levers are you might as well upgrade to those with some fresh nice cable, completely overhaul your brake system for around $120.
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    To your original question, best mech discs = BB7s.

    Can you use your original levers, hell yes. They will work, but they might not be as good as another bit more expensive pair. Biggest thing about setting up mech discs though is good housing and setting the pads up right. Watch the BB7 install video on SRAMs You Tube channel.

    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg
    Can I use the stock levers that came on the bike for the BB7 calipers or do they have to be Avid levers?
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    BB7 ftw!

    Your current levers work as stated and you have a bunch of options for those down the road.

    Also, cables make a huge difference. I am currently running Gore cables and they are super smooth. But they do weigh a little bit. If you are going to upgrade your cables and spend the money to do so, then order a set of Alligator i-link cables. They are just as smooth and probably weigh half as much. I just ordered a set and am awaiting arrival.

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    Another vote for BB7s. Converted an old HT to SS, did some hub/rim upgrades and removed the front V-brake and replaced it with the BB7 which has worked out great.

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    yeah, I shoulda added you can use any cable actuated lever. one bike had deores and the other I managed to nail a pair of SD 1.9Ls, which I'm rather partial too even if the are kinda old
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    I was good...

    Santa brought me some BB7s this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by madsedan
    You can use the Tektro's but as cheap as the Speed Dial 7 levers are you might as well upgrade to those with some fresh nice cable, completely overhaul your brake system for around $120.
    and get some rotors too !
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    How do you like those rotors? I was looking into those for the future, but very expensive!

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    well, they're rotors! - they work .
    I just liked 'em for the skulls - had some extra $$, so I said eff it
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    BB7's for sure. I have the regular Avid levers and they work great, but the Speed Dial's are pretty cheap. Replace cables and housing too.

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    Are the bb7 brakes quiet? My tektro brakes squeak horribly

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow7874 View Post
    Are the bb7 brakes quiet? My tektro brakes squeak horribly
    Depends on the setup. My BB7s are quiet 99% of the time on all of my bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Depends on the setup. My BB7s are quiet 99% of the time on all of my bikes.
    Same here.

    Commuting in the rain, however..........they can wake up the dead on the other side of the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    Same here.

    Commuting in the rain, however..........they can wake up the dead on the other side of the planet.
    ha so true, otherwise they are pretty stealthy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    Same here.

    Commuting in the rain, however..........they can wake up the dead on the other side of the planet.
    Mine are mostly silent in the rain, too.

    Ditch the Avid brand pads for EBC Gold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow7874 View Post
    Are the bb7 brakes quiet? My tektro brakes squeak horribly
    They will be quieter with organic pads. Sintered pads will tend to squeal more, but last longer. I switched to organic and will stay with them.
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    Props + to Shiggy for the EBC Gold pads suggestion. Did that a couple years back. Best pad for the BB7 I've ever used.

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    2010 BB7's are on sale on Jenson right now, $51 per w/160mm rotors.

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    They're ~10% cheaper on ebay.
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    BB7s! But be careful you order the mountain version. There is a BB7 road verison that you want to avoid.

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    Try a 160 up front, later you can buy 185 and move 16o to the back.

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