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Old 03-30-14, 02:38 PM   #26
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Grabby refers to brakes not traction.

If your tire's tread is causing traction issues,nothing you do with the brakes will fix that. You need to run different tires. I always advise the folks who come to my clinic with cross and MTB's to switch to street tires if they're not going off-road or riding in snow.
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The main advantage of disc brakes is that they will save your rims from wearing out, especially if you ride in wet, snowy conditions with a lot of grit and salt on the roads.
What do you do to clean disc brakes after a ride in "wet, snowy conditions with...grit and salt..."? A quick rinse? More? Nothing? How about a Spring ride in the rain? I ask because I'll be riding disc brakes for the first time starting tomorrow. The noise from wet brakes won't bother me, but rust or corrosion certainly would.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:40 PM   #28
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What do you do to clean disc brakes after a ride in "wet, snowy conditions with...grit and salt..."? A quick rinse? More? Nothing? How about a Spring ride in the rain? I ask because I'll be riding disc brakes for the first time starting tomorrow. The noise from wet brakes won't bother me, but rust or corrosion certainly would.
Road salt can be very corrosive. If you plan to ride a lot in winter then it's a good idea to use plain water and rinse your bike regularly, wash the salt out before it dries. The disk rotor is made from stainless steel so it won't rust. The brake calipers should be rinsed with plain water because too much salt will eventually ruin them. It's also a good idea to put a little bit of grease on all the mounting bolts, it will prevent them from getting seized up.
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Yes. Wheel can get Tacoed but braking power isn't affected.
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Disc brakes are far superior in wet conditions. I just made it through my first wet coast winter with discs and they have required very little maintenance. I hose everything off usually once a week.
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