Forums Bicycle Maintenance I’m having issues with my front brakes

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    bbr2o06
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    I own a Tata Stryder NX-30.

    Whenever I use my front disc brakes beyond a fourth of the way through, the entire front of the cycle starts shuddering. I’ve tried replacing the caliper and cables. The disc is perfectly straight(at least to the eye). The local shop here was unable to fix it. Any suggestions and what it could be and possible fixes would be greatly helpful. I’m still quite new but I am eager to learn.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Edit: For some more info, I use my cycle for commuting around 10 kms a day on good to medium roads.

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    Need a little more information.

    Is the brake assembly shuddering? The axle part or the handlebar?

    Also, this is the reason why we never recommend disc brakes on entry level bikes, since they are prone to problems. Not that you can do anything about it now 🙂

    If you can pinpoint the place where the bike vibrates when braking, then it would be possible to find a solution.

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    bbr2o06
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    Thank you for the reply.

    The entire front column including the handlebar just starts shuddering. I have swapped the entire caliper, new pads, new cables etc. if that helps.

    Yeah it was a mistake, it was quite great for the first year or so and then the novelty factor wore off and as problems like this started popping up, I’ve found out that it actually is really troublesome and expensive to fix.

    Can I get it converted to a conventional rim-brake? Will it have reduced performance?

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    If there is movement in the handlebar, and not just in the brakes. Then check the steering bearings. If those bearings have worn out, then it will shudder and creak when you brake hard. This will also be noticeable if you hit a big pothole or bump. Basically sudden deceleration at the front end. Is this happening when you hit big potholes?

    Can you convert it to rim brakes?

    It depends. Does the rim have brake tracks for the rubber pads of the brakes to clamp upon? Does the frame have mounts for the rim brakes to be mounted? It might work out to be expensive to convert this as well!

    Do rim brakes have less performance?

    For commuting and the kind of riding you described. There will be negligible difference in actual real world usage. And life becomes much simpler in terms of maintenance. But that depends on whether it is possible to convert it to rim brakes on your bicycle!

     

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    bbr2o06
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    Thank you for the suggestions but as far as I know its a problem with the brakes. The bearings seem to be completely fine. It happens only when using the brakes and not even hard braking, even a fourth of the way and this happens.

    It does have the tracks on the rims but it doesn’t have the mounts. Just checked.

    Do you have any other ideas? Could it be the axle?

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    Okay, that rules out the steering bearings then.

    Check the bolts which fix the disc rotor to the wheel. If those are not equally tightened then it could make the bike do all sorts of funny things.

    Axle is unlikely. This is a very basic thing. But hope the front wheel is fixed properly. Highly unlikely, but still good to check once. If the wheel is not fixed properly it will wobble a bit. And shake a lot on braking.

     

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    Jimish42
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    Thanks admin, You somehow solved my issue.

    #7543
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    Thanks admin, You somehow solved my issue.

    Cheers! But what was your issue and how did you solve it?

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