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Suggestions on fixing / changing this rear brake [pics included]
#1
Hi,

I was given this MTB which has the right support for the rear brakes broken on the frame.

Here is the bike seen from the left side
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And here is the details on the "pins" coming out of the frame in the rear, where the rear brakes were mounted (I didn't disassemble them myself, was already like this).

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I'm not sure what I can / should do here. I guess to put the same brakes back on, the loose/broken part would need to be re-soldered onto the frame?

A possible alternative would be to put some other brakes on the bike, maybe disk brakes (not sure if the rear wheel is compatible).

It is rideable as is, as the front brake is the one with the most stopping power, but I'm not sure it is a good idea to go around with only one working brake.

Advice welcomed, and if other pictures are helpful let me know please.
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#2
You have a couple options, cheap and expensive.
You could get the brake post welded back on to the frame, not complex, but you have to find someone or a shop that will do frame work.
It looks like the frame is disc brake compatible, but you would need a new wheel and a whole new brake system which could add up.
Finally, it looks like the is a bolt hole on the frame directly above the wheel. You could get a large, BMX/Cruiser style caliper brake. This won't give you great stopping power. But it would be cheap (~$20?), work with your existing parts, and as you say, the rear brake is not your main stopping power anyway. Though it is really better to have front and rear brakes.

Overall the bike doesn't look like it is worth investing a lot of money into. But I'll let you gauge what it's worth to you.
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#3
Thanks, there is indeed a bolt hole in the middle, where some bikes have caliper brakes mounted on. I think that is my best option for this one Smile

(08-17-2014, 11:11 AM)DaveM Wrote:  You have a couple options, cheap and expensive.
You could get the brake post welded back on to the frame, not complex, but you have to find someone or a shop that will do frame work.
It looks like the frame is disc brake compatible, but you would need a new wheel and a whole new brake system which could add up.
Finally, it looks like the is a bolt hole on the frame directly above the wheel. You could get a large, BMX/Cruiser style caliper brake. This won't give you great stopping power. But it would be cheap (~$20?), work with your existing parts, and as you say, the rear brake is not your main stopping power anyway. Though it is really better to have front and rear brakes.

Overall the bike doesn't look like it is worth investing a lot of money into. But I'll let you gauge what it's worth to you.
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