There are two types of brakes commonly found
on BMX bikes. Most street/trails frames use 990 style or U-brakes
while most race frames use linear pull or V-brakes. U-brakes and V-brakes
can not be used interchangeably. The location of the brake mounts
in relation to the rim determines what brake is needed. If the brake
bosses are mounted on top of the seat stays chances are you need V-brakes.
If the brake mounts are located on top of the chain stays or on the
bottom of the seat stays you probably need U-brakes.
3. What if my frame does not have brake
Some older frames do not come with brake mounts
welded to the frame. Traditionally, these frames were designed to
use caliper style brakes. If you wish to upgrade the brakes on your
older frame a U-brake or V-brake plate can be used to run the corresponding
3. How can I make my brakes work better?
There are several different ways to improve
braking performance. The first is to make sure your brakes are adjusted
properly and the brake pads are making full contact with the rim.
You can also increase braking performance by running a softer and
larger brake pad. Keep in mind that chrome rims offer better braking
performance than silver or painted rims.
5. What do I need to know when ordering
new brake pads?
When ordering new brake pads you will need
to know if you have threaded or non threaded brake pads. Threaded brake
pads are the most common and found on both U-brakes and V-brakes.
Threaded Brake Pads
Non-Threaded Brake Pads
6. What are the different type of brakes?
There are Caliper, U-Brakes and V-Brakes. To see the different types of Brakes that are available, Click Here.