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    shimano bc-m416 disc brakes

    i am thinking about getting the bianchi camaleonte 2 with disc brakes. the brakes are alivio mechanical bc-m416. i am a never ever with this kind of brake on a bicycle, so i am curious if this shimano disc brake is as good or better than the competitions disc brakes.

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    I have a pair of Avid BB7s' for a year on one bike.
    Just got the Shimano disc on a new bike. Haven't put many miles on them yet.
    They sure seem like a solid, easy to maintain brake unit.
    Ride like a teen machine

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    For stopping they should work just fine. Being Shimano,they won't be tool-free like Avids,but won't be that bad. You'll need to use an allen key to adjust the pads,and when replacing them you'll have to pull a bolt and finagle a pad/spring sandwich. Also,only the inner pad is adjustable,so you'll have to play with cable tension to set the outer pad. Basically,they're lower end models so they'll take a little more effort than the nice ones,but if you're mechanically inclined it won't be a big deal. My daily commuter has Shimano 495's and I've never been interested in upgrading to Avid BB7's.

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    great info, time to take a ride to the bianchi dealer.

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