It’s no longer a new thing seeing disc-brake bikes on a ride in different terrains, unlike the standard way where the brakes are primarily used for mountain bikes. Of course, disc brake bikes are still common for mountain cycling, but they are also found at the training grinds, shop rides, and bar crawl. However, whatever purpose you want your disc brake bikes to serve, knowing how to assemble them correctly will be a great plus as a cyclist. More reason this article is prepared not only to be your go-to whenever you want to set up your next disc brake bike but also to let you understand what a disc brake bike is about and why it is suitable for mountain biking.
What Is A Disc Brake Bike, And Why Is It Preferred For Mountain Biking?
A disc brake is regarded as one of the most substantial bike brake types in the marketplace. Although the disc brake was invented after the rim brake, it is undoubtedly considered a top brake in the world of cycling, and this is due to its steady performance and unwavering responsiveness. However, due to its braking strength and ability to adapt to various functions, disc brakes, so many times, have been able to accommodate and satisfy mountain bikers on deep off-roading adventures. That said, disc brakes are also perfect for relaxed and casual cycling.
More so, the factors below can be attributed to the reasons mountain bikers prefer disc brakes:
- They come with powerful braking
- They can excellently operate in an unpredictable conditions and weather
- They’re better efficient than other brake types
- And they have enduring brake pads.
Types And Components Of Disc Brake Bike
Disc brake bikes can be divided into two:
- Mechanical Disc Brake: This disc brake type mainly works with cables such as it is in the rim brake.
- Hydraulic Disc Brake: Hydraulic disc brake substitutes the cables with fluid in a complete sealed line. However, when a brake is applied, the pressure pushes the fluid straight to the caliper, which presses the pads against the disc.
Below are also vital components of disc brake bikes:
- Disc Brake Rotors
- Disc Brake Calipers
- Disc Brake Pads
Best Ways To Assemble Disc Brake Mountain Bike
You probably might have come across different steps and strategies in assembling disc brake mountain bikes. Indeed, some methods appear similar, but with the steps provided below, you’re sure to assemble yours conveniently.
- Unbox the cycle: The first step on this list is to remove the seat and accessories from the box; when doing this, ensure you apply the careful measure. After that, remove the cycle from the main box and start taking off some attached protective packages. Scissors or knives will be a handful when cutting off the cables or ropes used in packaging the bike. In addition, open the box that contains the pedals, tools, and accessories that are needed to assemble the cycle successfully.
- Install the handlebars: Before you attach the handlebars, be sure the quill nut that is at the bottom of the handlebars stem is loose. If otherwise, use the allen key to loosen the quill bot by turning it anti-clockwise. However, ensure the cables and gear are not twisted around the frame. Also, be sure the front forks are placed appropriately by ensuring the bridge is straightforward. Confirm if the handlebars and the front forks frames are rightly joined together before inserting the handlebars. Then, when finally inserting the handlebars, make sure they do not exceed the maximum point as clearly inscribed on the bars, and be reminded to tighten the quill bot to protect the handlebars.
- Attach the rear reflectors: Most times, rear reflectors come fitted already. If yours do not, which happens, you will have to fix it before placing the saddles. Just slide in the reflector on the saddle post, and tighten it with the screw to protect it.
- Insert the saddle: Ensure you align the saddle with the bike frame. Install the saddle post to the appropriate height; remember to pay rapt attention to the minimum and maximum height. Moreso, tighten the seat clamp bolt with the allen key provided to secure the saddle.
- Attach the wheel: Turning the circle upside down is considered the most straightforward way in fitting the wheel, although little assistance may be required from a friend. First of all, pull up the axle protector caps to prevent the wheel from getting stuck in the cap. When that is actualized, place the wheel so the axle is located at the base of the forks. Having established the wheel, let the retention washer be at the bottom of the forks and tighten the wheel nut from the outside with the spanner.
- Attach the pedals: The first action to take when attaching the pedals is to unwrap the pedals. It should be noted that there are left and right markings for pedals. The right hand marking is usually attached to the right side of the chain, screw the right pedal clockwise and tighten with the provided spanner. Similarly, when connecting the left pedal, don’t forget to screw it anti-clockwise.
- Attach the bell and front reflector: Attaching the bell and the front reflector to the cycle may also be necessary for assembling a disc brake for mountain biking. To do this, loose the front reflector and attach it to the handlebars, then screw it again to tighten it. This exact procedure should be followed when attaching the bell, but it must be attached to the left side of the hand grip for easy operation.
- Inflate the tires: Use a pump when inflating the tires. Also, ensure the tires are inflated to the right pressure. The best pressure for tires is usually written boldly on the wall of the tires.
- Pre-ride checks: Having executed the above steps, it is advisable to run a pre-ride test before embarking on a whole ride for the first. In doing that, first, access the fitness and firmness of the saddle by turning it right and left. Spin the wheel to confirm there is no side-to-side movement and ensure no excess play in the wheel hub. Check if the pedals are perfectly secured by using the provided spanner. Additionally, check if the brakes are operating excellently, a nd be sure the handlebars are well inserted and are turning with the wheel.