Many models of mountain bikes feature a disc brake system. This is because disc brakes have more stopping power as opposed to rim brakes. Also, they work better on wet, rough, and muddy conditions. Because the disc brake system is installed over the wheel hub, water and mud are less likely to affect its ability to properly function.
Over time, the parts of the disc brake system of a bicycle may shift out of proper alignment, which will then require disc brake alignment.Below are the simple steps for disc brake alignment:
1. Lift the front end of your bike and then spin your front wheel. Pay close attention to the disc as your wheel turns. The check the distance between each of the brake pads and the sides of the disc. The brake pads should rest at about one millimeter from the disc when the brake lever is applied.
OTHER TIPS AND WARNINGS ON DISC BRAKE ALIGNMENT:
- Insert a thin knife, and ATM, or playing cards between the disc and the brake pads when you are making adjustments. This is to ensure a small gap between the said parts.
- When adjusting your brake lever, eave about one to 1.5 inches of space between your handlebar and your brake lever when you engage the brakes.
- If you’re using a mechanical disc brake system, you could also make some adjustments to the cable tension by loosening the nut where your cable meets your brake assembly.