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Old 08-23-14, 08:32 AM
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95 GT Backwoods front disc install

Hi all,

I'm looking to change the fork and front wheel on my '95 GT Backwoods so I can install a disc brake and use it for winter commuting. It currently has cantilever brakes (not v) that work fine in dry conditions however they don't do much in the wet and snow.

Because it has cantilever brake levers integrated with the shifters, I would like to keep them and not end up replacing the shifter as well. I've been doing a little research and I believe an Avid BB7 ROAD disc brake has the correct pull ratio to work with those levers. My question is whether the mounting points on a road disc brake will be compatible with a rigid MTB disc fork. Can anyone confirm?

I want a BB7 brake because I read they require less frequent adjustment than BB5's or Tektro Lyra brakes (and just work better).

I figure I should be able to do the whole swap for less than $150 if I bargain hunt.
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The road BB-7 should have the same caliper mounting relationships as the ATB version does. Only the pad actuating arm movement is different. I wouldn't claim the BB-7s need less frequent tweaking, just that the tweaking is easier because both pads can be turned in or out. Andy.
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