Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Bikes: 2005 Scattante R660 Triple, 2006 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc
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I tested a Hardrock Sport Disc (Tektro IO) before purchasing my Rockhopper Comp disc with Avid BB5s. The salesman said that the Hardrock had already been taken out on a couple test rides, and being interested in seeing what a 13 inch frame (Yes I'm fairly short) would be like, I gave it a go. I tried out the rear brakes, and I was like, "That's It"? I had to put a lot of muscle behind the lever before it would even think of skidding the rear.
When I was trying out the 15 in. frame Rockhopper, I noticed a strange scrubbing sound from the rear tire when I was at the bottom of a downhill about to make a turn while braking. "That doesn't sound right," I thought. I wondered what that was before realizing that I was skidding the tread, the tread that I was about to BUY...oops...right off of the tires. And that was on a new out of the box bike that had been sitting in their basement storage area. The brakes hadn't been broken in at all.
Definitely go with the BB5s.