How to change your MTB disc brake pads

At a fundamental level, all bicycle disc brakes operate the same way. Basically, the two pads are actuated by some mechanism that squeezes a rotor that is attached to the wheel. Disc brake pads are usually made from powdered metal, plastic, and rubber. This composite combination of materials keeps the brake from locking up by …

Hydraulic Disc Brake Service

Hydraulic disc brakes have many of the same components as mechanical disc systems with some minor but important differences. For one thing hydraulic disc brakes rely on fluid to push the pistons while mechanical brakes use a cable under tension pulling a lever to activate a cam device with a piston attached. Second, hydraulic brake …

How to service mechanical MTB disc brakes

Disc brakes are now found on mountain bikes of nearly every price point and they are quickly becoming the standard. Of the multitude of types and brands, disc brakes fall simply into one of two categories: hydraulic or mechanical disc brakes. Mechanical disc brakes are generally cheaper (cost-wise), but not necessarily cheaper in quality. Both …