Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Vacaville, CA
Bikes: 2011 Trek FX 7.3 | 2015 Trek FX 7.4 | Lotus Classique
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a cab pulled out in front of me the other day as i was doing maybe 15 mph on my fx 7.3... i immediately squeezed both brakes, the bike skid, but i stopped within 5 or 10 feet for sure. that's with regular, non-disc brakes. they worked fine in an emergency for me!
i think disc brakes are just a gimmick to charge people more money for a bike. people have been riding in all types of weather with the standard brakes for years and there haven't really been serious issues with that. sure, the disc brakes probably have marginally better stopping power but is it worth the extra cash? that's up to the individual purchasing the bike....
in my eyes, it's also just another part that can wear down / get damaged on the bike. that's why i've stuck with regular brakes. fwiw.