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what offroad brakes do you prefer on a retrobike?
Poll ended at Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:32 pm
rim 73%  73%  [ 30 ]
disc 20%  20%  [ 8 ]
mix of rim and disc 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 41
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:08 am 
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Mr Panda wrote:
Should point out my gripe is about wearing out rims rather than pads

Ceramic Rims + Maguras = Proper retro brakes!

But discs if you actually want to ride it proper

 Post subject: Hope Disks, 1992
PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:40 pm 
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In November 1991 (or thereabouts) MBi featured Hopes mechanical disk brake. In early 1992 the second batch of 50 was finished. Here's a pair a couple of days after their fitting. In those days you could still visit the mill on Skelton Street, Colne, for a fitting.



Eagle eyed will spot the cable mounted return spring that didn't make it past the third batch, and marks on the disc caused by the nitride coating discolouring. Nitrided discs eventually polish up really nicely, work sharply, and have a longer pad life because shit doesn't get embedded in them. Bring back nitriding for modern disks I say! Also solid axles that you had to remove to get the wheel out, large flange hubs with 6-bolt spider (some things never go out of fashion). And yes those pedals have been painted to match the GT splatter paint job. If colour coded pedals were good enough for Jason Shackleton...

By 1993 I'd had a custom caliper mount brazed onto the fork.


Hillclimb, Nationals 1993, Malvern.

Fork and brake caliper now properly for sale here...

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