Brakes new fork and disk brake

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by laugh, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. laugh

    laugh Member

    Hello all. Could use a bit of advice again. A few days ago I was riding my MAB around the state park ware I live, I decided to take a new route home i ended up going down a mountain. In the end my "V" brakes proved to be totally inadequate I even stopped a few times to poor water over them to keep them from overheating. All this has shown me why disk brakes might be a good idea, and I'm looking for a front fork with both shocks and a disk brake. this web page,

    seams to have an interesting selection, dose anyone have any experience with them? Or have any ideas for a new front fork for me? OR any other solution's to my brake problems. Thanks for any help you can give me, and go get on your bike.

  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    What kind of bike are you riding? Disc compatible forks are a plentiful for mountain bikes with the 1-1/8" head tubes and tougher to find for cruisers with 1" head tubes.
  3. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Member

    You should PM the owner. He's on the other site.
  4. laugh

    laugh Member

    Thanks for the posts guys. The bike I want to put this on is an E-Zip electric bike. The electric parts stopped working a few months back. The bike at least still works perfectly and has all the hook ups for throttle cables. It dose look like however 1 1/8th head tube.
    Any other thoughts?
  5. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    If the handle bar stem rises from inside the fork steerer, it is probably 1" dia. If the handlebar stem clamps around the fork steerer, it is probably 1 1/8".
  6. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

    It would help if you posted some pictures. I assume that you have the newest EZip electric bike. Would this be a Ezip with a diamond frame?

    Here's an assembly manual and it shows the headset and stem. It looks like you have a threaded headset.

    Here's a guide from Sheldon Brown on how to determine if you have a 1" or a 1-1/8" threaded headset. Per Sledon Brown, 1-1/8" threaded headsets are reare from the 1990's mountain bikes:

    Looks like the Izip Via Lento forks have disc brake mounts on the forks. Maybe you could find a pair new/used. Or buy a pair of mountain bike forks - just make sure your steerer tube is long enough.

    Good Luck,

    AKA: BigBlue
  7. laugh

    laugh Member

    I don't believe its the newest e-zip, but from that brochure it looks like the Ezip Trailz Diamond Frame. It also looks like I have a 1 1/8 in threaded headset as well. and I don't see any hookups on the front fork, it has drilled holes, but they look too low and too close together to mount brakes onto. I would be happy to take a picture of it. but at the moment its buried under a mountain of parts, frames and furniture in my bike room.
  8. dirtbag

    dirtbag New Member

    I use the adapter he shows there on a Springer fork and it works great!
    His kit is a nice simple way to get everything at once.
    The only other option would be to install a general MTB fork like a rockshox or something then add the disk brake that you choose.
    You would need
    • Fork with disk mount
    • Wheel or new hub that will accept a disk brake rotor
    • brake caliper (cable or hydraulic)
    • Appropriate lever

    And this is typically only thinking of the front. A rear disk set up can only be added if the frame has the tabs on the left seat or chain stay.
    Front is most important anyway as it should be more than 60% of your braking power.
    No matter how you look at it, a disk brake will be better.