Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set

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Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set
When you go to jam those brakes, make sure you can actually stop. The Nashbar Mechanical disc brake set gives you unrivaled stopping power at an unbelievable price. These brakes are perfect for your new mountain or cyclocross bike. Get 'em and ride on.
  • Set includes levers, cables, rotors, calipers, and pads
  • High performance brake set works in almost any weather or trail condition
  • T25 mounting hardware gives your broad compatibility for replacement parts
  • Hardened aluminum construction for long lasting performance
Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set
  • MATERIAL Aluminum
  • WEIGHT
  • COMPATIBILITY Front: 74mm post mount or IS, Rear: IS only, Wheels: ISO 6-bolt rotor mount
  • Rating 3.5

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Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set
 
3.6

(based on 11 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (6), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (7), Comfort oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

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4.0

Don't Stop

By Deets

from Sandpoint, ID

About Me Competitive Cyclist

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City
  • Mountain Biking

Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

I purchased these to put on a Nashbar brand 29er frame that I was building up for cheap and have been happy with them after about a hundred miles. They are not as strong as nice hydraulics but at least as good as lower end ones, and far cheaper. I can generally just use one finger with them. The only complaint I have is that there is about a centimeter of room between where the lever is fully out and where it starts to engage the brakes, no matter how I adjust the cables, making me hold them in to just before the engagement point on descents, which can make for sore digits on long rides.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Comment on this review

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

NOT for every bike

By jp

from Seattle

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

        Looks great, price great...but don't buy unless you have the proper mounts on the frame, and wheels with attachment points. Great price goes down the drain if you have to buy new wheels or frame mounts. Only one small sentence in the description states this fact. Probably won't work on most older bikes (that you were hoping to upgrade!)like mine.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Easy set up

        By Keith D

        from Woburn, Ma

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Dial In
        • Easy to install
        • Easy to set up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

          I upgraded my 2003 Giant DS Warp to disc brakes. I have never ridden disc brakes and found these to be one stop shopping. Set came with everything needed. I chose to use my XT levers already on my bike and the brakes worked fine. I've only ridden with these brakes a few times but have been pleased with the stopping power of these brakes.

          I will update my review as I get more miles on them but I do not see any reason for issues to arise.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Nice brakes

          By Keith D

          from Woburn, Ma

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

            I bought these brakes as my first set of disk brakes ever. They were extremely easy to install and adjust. I was able to adjust them rather quickly to get them where I would like. They offer great stopping power. I did not use the brake levers that came with the set but used my Shimano XT's I already had on my bike and work great. Only have a few miles on these so will update as i get more time and miles on them.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Great!

            By Rick

            from Monterey, California

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Complete
            • Durable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Mountain Biking
              • Road Biking
              • Touring

              Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

              This super affordable kit included everything. I replaced some hydraulics that had developed some stubborn leaks. I couldn't be happier! Good quality and a great price.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Bike back on the road

              By Morgan

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

                    My old Avid brakes bit the dust on my Marin mountain bike. The bike sat, until I saw these bargain brakes. They were easy to install and are working great. Came with everything I needed, including pads and cables.

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Comfort Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Nashbar mechanicals

                    By White Heat Racing

                    from Butler, Pa

                    About Me Competitive Cyclist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy installation
                    • Inexpensive
                    • Stopping Power

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Squeak

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking

                    Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

                    Needed an inexpensive replacement on my training bike. I am a XC rider so hydraulics aren't essential. Brakes are easy to install and stopping power is adequate. Only shortcoming so far is the annoying squeaking after the brake in period. They're solid brakes.

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Speed Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Buy

                    By C-Lo

                    from Everywhere

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Great price
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • A little noisy

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking

                    Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

                    Easy install. Good Looking. The brakes are a little noisier that I expected. The brakes work great though. Make sure you follow the break in procedures. Highly recommended.

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Speed Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    The worst part of my build

                    By Tacostradamous

                    from Denver

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • The Squeal The Squeal

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

                        These brakes actually went on quite easily. However once they were installed there was nothing I could do to stop the squeal. I tried everything short of rubbing dirt in the brakes (yes a shop did recommend doing just that). I replaced them with BB7s and voila, problem solved. Could have been a faulty pair, could have been user error on my part, but it was the fourth set of disc brakes I've installed and the only one I've had problems with. Would not recommend these.

                        • Cycling Style:
                        • Comfort Oriented
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Comment on this review

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great full set of brakes

                        By Ian

                        from NJ

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mountain Biking

                          Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

                          I needed a set of Disc brakes after the rear Hydro brake busted on my girlfriends bike I just built. I needed something in a pinch and didnt have the extra cash to dish out for a new rear setup. I figured for the price you are getting alot for your money. Boy was I spot on! They are Tektro IO's and while you might find reviews saying they are junk its because they do not know how to set up Mech Disc Brakes.

                          I took the old rotors off and slapped the new ones on in minutes, the cable they give you in the set is great and the housing is really good stuff(Have a good set of wire cutters)Installing was cake if you know what you are doing.

                          Now as for the performance, like any disc brake they get better with time, but even out of the box I was locking up the rear on the road testing them out and the front could toss me over the bars if I wanted to. She has been riding these since I built the bike a bit over a month now and I do not think twice about if I should have kept the hydros on her bike. She isnt doing any crazy downhill or anything like that but even when I took her bike in the trails for a test run I had no problem what so ever.

                          I am not saying they work on pair as my Avid Hydros but they sure as heck to the job and some for an under rated disc brake FULL set.

                          I feel like alot of people stay away from this set or just ignore it because they dont wanna take a chance on buying junk. If you are building a 2nd bike or are strapped for cash GET THIS SET. There is nothing to fear in the rebranded Nashbar name.

                          My one small tiny problem is every now and then from taking the front wheel on and off to transport the bike you some times need to do a bit of readjusting to stop minor rubbing. I do keep the adjustments very tight. Not a big deal as you should be riding with some form of tools in your bag ;)

                          • Cycling Style:
                          • Speed Oriented
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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