Mountain Biking - Back to V brakes
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08-31-06, 07:59 AM
I currently use hayes mx2 6' rotors disc brakes. They were in use for about 18 months. Since they're not as good anymore and due to lots of commuting I'd like to get a pair of V brakes.
Now I did think of getting my disc brakes fixed and buying new pads and all, which would probably turn out to be at least a 50 - 60$ job at lbs, but I guess I could get some pretty decent vees for the same money. Could I?
Another reason of getting v-brakes is mainly because it doesn't attract so much attention as the bike with disc brakes on it.
In any case what do you guys think is the best buy for my buck?
Thanks, good day
08-31-06, 08:10 AM
Get a pair of Avid Single Digit 7's. They're awesome, some of the best V's around.
08-31-06, 08:43 AM
Worst thing is get new pads and a bottle of clean streak to clean your rotors. That should run about $40, but disc's shouldn't lose power, so you may have another problem.
08-31-06, 10:01 AM
Second the suggestion of going with the Avid single digit 7's, they are the bomb. My new Sugar 293 came stock with those instead of disc (though the wheelset and frame are disc ready, 292 and the current model year 293 come with). I was a bit worried about running v's on a 29er, but happily, no reason to be worried. There's WAY more than enough stopping power available. Never had a better brake setup.
08-31-06, 10:15 AM
When you do set up the brake levers, make sure you put the little adjustment screw on "High." This will give you much more torque to pull the cable with, making the brakes feel so much stronger.
I know that this is the H and L screw on LX/XT levers. On Avid levers, this is the "Speed Dial."
I would save up and get some better disc brakes, like Avid mechs or hydros preferably, if you ride your bike often and seriously you might find switching back to Vs kinda weird, though I don't know how the MX2 feels, I tried some Shimano Alivio and literally they felt like ****.
Do you commute a lot in the rain? If so then I would stick with the discs. If not then I don't see any problem with going back to v's. However if you commute in the rain there may be a time or two that you really wish you had disc's. When you wake up in the hospital or realize that you are getting sued for hitting someone it may be too late. Granted this is an extreme, it is possible.
09-01-06, 03:42 PM
My lbs doesn't have Avid Single Digit but they have Shimano XT. What do you think of that one?
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