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 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 4

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Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set
 
3.8

(based on 19 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (11)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (10)
  • Commuting/city (8)
  • Road biking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (11), Casual/ recreational (5), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (11), Comfort oriented (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

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4.0

Good value

By Tim

from Memphis

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Easy To Moderate Off Road

      Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

      I got these and the Vuelta Starlite 26 wheels on cyber Monday to put on a 2006 Gary Fisher Advance. I only did it because I've been curious about the quality of the wheels and brakes and wanted to check them out. The free overweight item shipping sealed the deal.

      They were easy to install. I did have to get a rear adapter separately because the bike did not originally come setup for rear discs. They work fine with no noise at all. They aren't real powerful (yet) but I think it's because they still need more breaking in and final adjustment.

      They are pretty much just what is advertised. As one reviewer stated, there is no modulation adjustment.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not Good

      By Cary

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cheap

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

        No more modulation adjustment! Everything was going good until I attempted to locate the modulation adjustment screw as describe in the instructions. It simply wasn't there. I called Nashbar, and the gentleman told me that the latest production run didn't have modulation adjustment. That would have been ok if the modulation on both calipers was the same, but it's way off, and there's no way to adjust it. I assume all the glowing reviews are for the previous version with modulation adjustment capabilities.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Clean the discs with degreaser

        By year-round rider

        from New England (MA)

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

        This is the second set of Nashbar Mechanical disc brakes I bought, so that serves as an endorsement alone. I built a Trek 4300 vintage 2008 for my son, who is 6'6" and 220 lbs. The bike was stolen, and I found another 4300 vintage 2003 which he insisted on disc brakes. I bought a wheelset from Nashbar also: Shimano Deore hubs and Rhino Lite Sun rims, a good set of sturdy disc-ready wheels. I noticed that the discs seemed to have an oil film on them out of the box, so clean them with soap and water or a solvent BEFORE you run them through the calipers.

        Otherwise an excellent product. I should note the 2003 bike needed an adapter to mount the rear caliper to the frame, which Nashbar customer support informed me the existence of, and that the manufacturer of the bike sold them, The local dealer ordered them.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Easy to install

        By Johninslp

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

          My bike had the mounts for disc brakes, but came with rim brakes. I was worried that it was going to be difficult to convert them over, but with these, it was amazingly simple and took very little adjustments. Love my new brakes, I can't wait to use them this winter in the snow.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Excellent product

          By Regular commuter

          from Reno,nv

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy Installation
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • No Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Improve Braking On Slope

          Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

          This product was a great improvment on braking distance relative to the OEM rubber brakes. I use my bicycle to commute to school in a very hilly city, Reno,NV. Processing time and shipping was very fast process. Very satisfied with product.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Nice switch from V brakes

          By MotoRandy

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

          This is a good kit to switch from V brakes to disc. All the parts mounted up very well. Some parts were not marked Front or Rear, so it took a little trial and error before I got it right. In the end, it is worth the time and effort. I'd recommend the kit.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brakes are a good value.

          By Chuck

          from Lexington, KY

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Setup

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

            I have one set on a mountain bike and another set on a commuter. They are very easy to set up, function well, and seem to be very durable. The cable housing is a name brand, and the levers are smooth and heavy duty. Avid BB7s are a little better for tweaking the pads to near perfect alignment. Also, I find it easier to stop with the BB7s. But I have never had a problem with my Nashbar brakes. They do what they are supposed to do at a very good price.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Excellent Value

            By old tourer

            from North Carolina

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Mountain Biking
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Mechanical Disc Brake Set:

              I just put these on a new 29'r frame I built into a light tourer/gravel grinder. They were apx half the price of most disc setups and are working beautifully. I don't know yet about long-term durability but suspect they will be fine. They say hydraulic systems are stronger and more responsive; however I can't imagine wanting or needing more stopping power. Personally, I did not want to deal w brake fluid (which is toxic) or the various other oils on my bike. The NB mechanicals are easy to adjust once you read the instructions and experiment a bit. The sole small criticism: the mounting brackets are supposed to be labeled "F" and "R" for front and rear. I could not find this and the photos were pretty useless. Also, the rear bracket is higher on one end than the other and the instructions don't show which end goes toward the back of the bike. This led to some trial and error in the mounting which could have been avoided. On balance, these are great brakes for a great price.

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

              (0 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              NOT for every bike

              By jp

              from Seattle

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              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

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