I've started a new build, a fixed Raleigh Courier rebuild in fact.

The forks are proper old, and upon contemplation, Ive decided to go for a disc brake up front.

So on the shopping list are:
700c Disc brake specific forks
Disc brake specific wheels, or hubs to put onto Open Pros
Disc brake calliper and rotor
Cable (mechanical)

I have literally no idea where to start, havibg never even ridden on disc brakes, but having been on the Internet all day (Study Leave :D) I've built up a brand base. So far, I've come accross:

On One

So does anyone have any advice, tips or stuff to sell?

I'd really like to keep the spending between around £80 and £120, as I want to get this bike together for under the cost of the current Courier equivalent, the Raleigh Flyer, currently on the R website for 250.

Also, how do you get sticky cotters out?I've tried pretty much everything, to no avail.


Oh and last but not least, is there a way to remove a threaded headset without expensive tools?

Don't worry, Ive already played the bearings all over the floor game.  22


Gkam84 [9119 posts] 6 years ago

So your going for just the one disc?

Disc brake specific 700 wheels seem few and far between. Shimano did one a few years back, I think it was a T565, But i can't see them for sale anywhere.

Something like this for a budget though http://www.mailorderbikes.com/m14b591s423p3197/RALEIGH_700c_Front_Wheel_...

On that budget your going to struggle to get the wheel, disc, calliper and lever without even getting a specific fork.

What about someone local who could braze on a disc brake mount to your existing forks?

Like this


Raleigh [1667 posts] 6 years ago

I think maybe closer to the £120 end of the budget.

Pompetamine fork with disc attatchment is £49.99.

There's a calliper and rotor on CRC or less than 20 quid, made by clarkes I think, and levers aren't that expensive.

Add the Raleigh wheel and that cones nicely to £100.

That's without factoring in oter things, like pads, I don't even know which ones to get, and Ill need a new headset as well.  1

dave atkinson [6366 posts] 6 years ago

is there a reason you want a disc? because a bottom-of-the-line mechanical disc calliper isn't an improvement on a decent set of dual pivot brakes. the BB5 is the absolute minimum i'd pay my own money for, and the BB7 is the one you really want; that's half your budget gone though  1

Raleigh [1667 posts] 6 years ago

Mainly because I think it'd look sweet.

Also, because Ill be riding it with racks front and rear, Id like the security of 'beefy' brakes, rather than rim brakes.

mathewshotbolt [90 posts] 6 years ago

a couple of things that strike me right away are that you are really unlikely to find a disc specific fork with a 1" threaded steerer tube. it'll all be 1 1/8" and unthreaded.

The second thing would be to put you off the idea of brazing a disc mount onto your current fork. These were never designed to take the sort of stresses a disc brake would put on the dropouts and would probabably end in tears.