Nov 8, 2018 by Evan Bailey
The Cannondale Street 24 build was going along pretty well until recently. At the end of the last update I mentioned how I ran into a snag with the brakes. I realized that unfortunately I would need to replace the brakes so I started looking around for some options.
The options that I was considering was to buy some cheap mechanical discs or maybe some cheap hydraulic disc. On Amazon, some disc brake sets were going anywhere from $20- $50 for a complete set with rotors which I thought was way too cheap and the reviews kind of alluded to that as well. Some better Avid disc brakes were in the $60-70 range but then you were getting into lower end hydraulic discs for that price range.
I wanted to keep this build as inexpensive as possible so I ended up just robbing the Avid BB8 mechanical discs off of my Giant NRS2. These brakes had worked really well for me over the years and I thought I would steal them from that bike and worry about upgrading those to maybe hydraulics in the near future. The switch over was fairly easy minus the internal cable routing for the rear brake.
I started to realize that I did not care much for internal cable routing as it is a big pain to try to feed anything through. After failing for a little while I consulted with youtube and someone had a silly trick they used involving a vacuum and some thread. I thought, sure why not?! Well, it worked wonderfully and after tying the thread to one end of the cable and sticking my vacuum on the other end, it sucked up the thread almost immediately and I was able to pull the cable through. Nice!
I’ll finish with the brake mounting and adjustments after I get the rest of the components mounted and adjusted. The next update should be the complete build! I’m getting excited.