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Old 08-03-09, 02:52 PM   #1
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Test rode a SOHO today

I friend of mine was looking to buy a bike today so we went down to a bike shop at lunch. I just had to ride the SOHO. It really is nice. The ride is very smooth and quiet. The shifting just the same.

However, just as I've read on this forum, the brakes are weak. You really have to lean into them to get the same stopping force as caliper brakes. I would be worried about having to stop in an emergency. Too bad they didn't put a caliper brake on the front like the Gary Fisher Simple City.
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Old 08-03-09, 08:40 PM   #2
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properly adjusted, I think those brakes would be fine.
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Old 08-04-09, 01:09 PM   #3
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properly adjusted, I think those brakes would be fine.
If the front brake is similar to the rear, I'd be curious what adjustments are possible.
My Milano has a rear "roller" brake, and it requires a tremendous amount of lever pressure to get any semblance of braking power. If the front brake is the same type of mechanical setup, I can't imagine HOW one could adjust this (perhaps get brake levers with better leverage?)
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Having to squeeze harder does not automatically make them a safety risk.
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Having to squeeze harder does not automatically make them a safety risk.
No matter how hard I squeeze, I cannot approach the braking power of conventional brakes. Perhaps I am too accustomed to high performance brakes and need to reduce my expectations.

IMO, it is a safety risk if one cannot modulate gradually to a full lockup. Again, maybe I expect too much.

For me, I have noticed that this reduced capability out back yields a longer braking distance (even though the rear is only 30% of the braking potential). I see this as a concern.

If you don't agree, fine.
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I have a rear roller brake on a Nexus hub...I wouldn't want a roller brake on the front wheel. Trek could have saved money by ditching the belt and adding disc brakes.

REI has an Alfine/disc equiped commuter with Dynohub:
http://www.rei.com/product/774422

Bikes Direct has an Nexus 8 w/V brakes:
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e_express8.htm
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Trek could have skipped the roller brakes all together, and put disc brakes on. But then it would be a Giant Seek1 with a belt drive and fenders. It was because I heard that roller brakes could be anemic that I went with the Giant Seek1. Perhaps a tad more maintenance with the Giant Seek1, but those Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes are worth it!

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...le/2345/32164/
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