Mountain Biking - V-brake or entry-level disc brake?
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05-20-09, 11:46 PM
Hey I have never used disc brake before and not sure if entry level disc brake like Hayes MX-4 any good? Thanks
05-21-09, 12:03 AM
As a heavier rider, I would rather invest in a hydraulic front brake and keep rear as V-brake than get mechanical disks front and rear. You don't really need much stopping power in the rear, if anything it is more likely to get you in trouble if you aren't careful.
If you search the past threads on here you will find that you are better to have a decent set of V's than crap disc. Keep in mind not all disks brakes are created equal.
Avid BB5's are nice for the price.
What do you guys think of the Juicy 3? Is it any different from the Juicy 5? I'm thinking of maybe putting one on the front for $70
I've been seeing J3's go for $70 pr. on ebay.
I will rather get a set of BB7 instead of Juicy 3
05-25-09, 08:56 PM
If you need discs, and you're feeling stingy, the BB7 is tough to beat. The BB5 works well when all is well, but my fiancee has em on her ride, and they make me want to kill squirrels because they aren't as adjustable as bb7s. BB7s cost just a wee bit more than the BB5s, and the extra dial at the caliper is totally worth it, imho. If you're buying bb5s because you can't afford bb7s, then you might need a cheaper hobby than cycling. A good place to cheap out is with fr5 levers versus sd7 or better levers.
I've been told that hydros are awesome, and I'll bet they are, but as an environmentalist/obnoxious treehugger, I worry about the vile fluids contained therein. Shimano and magura use mineral oil, but i understand that they don't work well in the cold, so? But you? Perhaps you don't care about DOT hydro fluid. If that's the case, the juicy7s are more adjustable than the 5s. The juicy3s were supposed to be oem only, built to a thin nickel, but then thay released them to the aftermarket, in response to demand for dirt-cheeep hydros.
I haven't ever used the hayes mx4s, but I sincerely doubt they can outdo bb7s, so that's that. I like V-brakes, but i'll probably do discs on my next build, and i'll either go XT or BB7. Still, if you're stingy or broke, Vbrakes really do work quite nicely, for cheap, with no leaking, bleeding, or honking/squeaking. But, at the end of this long-winded post, all i really feel the NEED to say is this:
Avoid Tektro Ios. They make me sick.
05-25-09, 09:11 PM
v brakes are better than cheap disc
05-26-09, 11:00 AM
Avid BB5's are nice for the price.
+1, Got'em, Like'em on the FSR XC.
My hardtail still has XT Vs with salmon Kool Stops. They stop great, but I've had two or three instances where they grabbed instead of modulating like a disc brake would. The last time they grabbed I did this really cool spin out where I reversed and stopped with one foot down. It must have been really cool to watch.
Only problem was, I didn't plan to spin out and I didn't plan to stop, just tried to slow down a bit.
Of course I didn't tell anyone the truth.
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