v brakes vs. mechnical disk brakes.... help!!!!
Looking at a couple of bikes. One has v brakes one has disk. What are the pro's and con's ? tks....
You might just as well ask everybody to comment on the pro's and con's of the various religions.
Personally, I much prefer decent quality linear pull brakes like Avids or Shimanos. I hate the cheapies like ProMax.
If you scan the posts, I think that you will find a lot of posts asking about how to set up disc brakes or how to make them give adequate stopping power. Others will comment that it's all in the set up and once you figure them out they're great.
There are lots more people who know how to set up linear pull brakes than who know how to set up cable operated discs..
Do a search on this. There have been many previous threads, particularly over in the Commuting Forum.
+1.........You really need to ask yourself what the bike will be used for. If you're doing serious off-roading, the mechanical discs have some definite advantages. For one, most folks feel that mechanical discs have more stopping power than linear pull rim brakes, myself included. For riding in wet or muddy conditions, discs are better because the brake surface (the rotor) is up near the hub, while rim brakes put the brake surface right down into the water, mud, etc. I had a bad experience with hydraulic discs (I know others love their hydraulics so this isn't to condemn all hydraulic disc brakes), so I would actually prefer mechanical discs over hydraulics for their relative simplicity. I've used the Avid mechanicals, and was very impressed.........Linear pull brakes (v-brakes) are generally lighter weight, easier to set up and maintain (although the Avid mech. discs I used are very easy, too), and are less expensive. And if you don't foresee a lot of wet or muddy riding, there's really not a huge disadvantage to them. I've got some XT v-brakes with the XT servo-wave levers and brake boosters, and they're pretty darned good. In terms of braking power with rim brakes, those particular brakes are about as good as it gets, and I'd venture to say not too far removed from mech. discs in terms of braking power..............I'll add this about rim brakes if you go that route: install some Kool Stop salmon brake pads no matter which brand of brakes you get-
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
Last edited by well biked; 01-29-07 at 08:41 PM.