Ask A Mechanic: How to Dial In Mechanical Disc Brakes

With cyclocross season upon us and lots of riders making the switch to disc brakes this year, there are plenty of people who’s race results are literally riding on the quality of their disc brake setup. Getting it right is easier than you might think.

Mechanical disc brakes are often misunderstood. They get an undeserved bad rap because their performance is very dependent on the quality of the installation and setup, and most mechanics do it wrong. In this video, made in partnership with VeloNews, I cover how to get the most out of your mechanical disc brake setup. Everything from cable selection, to cable installation, as well as caliper and lever setup is covered in depth.

Daniel Slusser is a professional bicycle mechanic with over ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HSU and a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. When he is not riding, wrenching, or writing he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.