How To Adjust Disc Brakes on a Bike

How to adjust disc brakes
(Image credit: Mick Kirkmann)

Disc brakes offer excellent braking modulation and lots of power whatever the weather. They also allow the use of bigger tyres than rim brakes and they don’t care if your wheel is a bit bent. Quiet, predictable, rub-free operation depends on fractions of mm of clearance between pad and rotor though. If your brakes have started rubbing there could be several causes too, so we’ve added a menu to help check through all the possible problems as well as adjusting the calipers themselves. 

If you are looking for more helpful maintenance advice, Cyclingnews is bringing you a series of guides so that you can learn how to perform basic bike maintenance tasks yourself. Check out the other guides that are available.

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