Tadpole rear disc brake

Discussion in 'Motorized Trikes' started by chainmaker, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. chainmaker

    chainmaker Member

    I am probabally going to need the stopping power of a rear disc brake, when mounting a rear disc which side is preffered left or right? I will have a drive sprocket on the left and gear cluster on right.

  2. Elmo

    Elmo Member

    Rear brakes are not very effective on most tadpole trikes. Greenspeed does not even recommend them except as parking brakes. This is from my greenspeed trike plans. Under hard braking the rear wheel can leave the ground.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2010
  3. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Elmo, you are quite correct. From a force vector analysis of both accelerative and decelerative phases of riding, it is very clear that the great majority of braking forces need to be to the front wheels, and those forces need to be carefully balanced. So, paired disc brakes on the front wheels is the way to go.