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Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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Originally Posted by thcri
if she got a bike with disc brakes would that be easier than the standard brakes for her to stop?
Cable-actuated disc brakes are all designed to be compatible with standard brake levers. Thus, the cable pull and "squeezability" are identical. However, they are
easier to modulate. The "better" stopping power you may be thinking of happens only in the wet. In the dry, there's no difference, with the possible exception of multi-mile mountain descents.
Fancy hydraulic brakes (Read: Expensive) may be different, I wouldn't know.