Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-10-05, 09:29 PM   #1
135crewchief
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
135crewchief's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Spokane, Wa
Bikes: 05 Trek 4300, 05 Gary Fisher Tassajarra Disc
Posts: 85
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
how much braking to use

This is going to some like a newbie question, but. What is a good ratio or % of braking to use front to rear. I do a wide variety of riding to include some steep, treturious down hill, and i feel like i will endo if i use to much front brake. Today when i picked up my bike from its first service they said that the front wasn't being used enough and the rear was to much. The LBS even stated that the front is your power brake and should give you more control. So what is some good advice to get me to use more front brake without endoing or is the LBS full of it.

oh, yeh i have v-brakes if it matters
135crewchief is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-05, 09:33 PM   #2
Dirtbike
Giggity giggity!
 
Dirtbike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Danville, Ca
Bikes: Yeti DJ Custom build. X.9, Marzocchi, RaceFace, Gamut, DT, Truvativ, Michelin, Hope.
Posts: 1,800
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As much as you need. The front brake is good for stopping, and the back is good for control. You dont really want to use your front brake too much going down a steep hill, but you can feather it and control it. Riding down a hill, keep your weight over the rear wheel, or farther, and balance your brakes. There is never a set percentage of how much brake you should use front/back. It varies with terrain and riding conditions.
Dirtbike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-05, 09:42 PM   #3
blue_neon
Elite Rep
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Melbourne - Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 2,096
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I find that when braking if cornering, back brake is safer, braking while going straight, front brake works better. Like Dirtbike said, the rear brake is totally control, virtually no stopping power. Although you shouldn't just use your front brake and forget about your back otherwise you WILL come off (has happend to me).

So get off your saddle, lean back and a good 'braking power' ration seems to be (back:front) 4:3. Although try not to concentrate about braking too much just remember > Rear Brake = Control
> Front Brake = Power
blue_neon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-05, 09:45 PM   #4
Psyko
B-Boy Style
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What ever you need to slow you down, just like they said above, each one has an advantage and a disagvantage. Take some time to get the feel for your bike and you should be ok..I dont really think you can put a% on it cause it changes for each situation..
Psyko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-05, 01:47 AM   #5
Hopper
Ride bike or bike ride?
 
Hopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Bikes: MongoosePro DH, Dart custom road bike, .243 Racing FR street bike
Posts: 1,447
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I do DH and find I use my front brake probably 80% of the time, all power is on the front. But if I need to slide the back wheel around an off camber switchback or am loosing it through a corner I find the rear brake is best. For out right power and adjustablility the front brake is best but once you start turning you will want to use your back brake more.

I remember when I snapped my rear brake lever at thredbo (Australi's longest and most arguably most technical DH track) in the first fifth of the track I was surprised how reliant I was on my rear for stability. But I have to tell you if you want to learn how to stop very quickly take your rear brake off, go down the steepest single track you can find and go into an off vamber corner over rocks... that will teach you your limitations and how to modualte your brakes.
Hopper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-05, 02:08 AM   #6
Drunken Chicken
Senior Member
 
Drunken Chicken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Spain, although I'm Hungarian
Bikes: Check signature
Posts: 1,855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use about 70% front and 30% back.
Drunken Chicken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-05, 02:34 AM   #7
badsac
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Bathurst oz
Bikes:
Posts: 1,428
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Front for power, rear for control. I used to find when doing enduro (motorbikes) that getting the rear a little out of line coming into the corner that you could hammer the front much harder coming into a corner even to the point of lockup and maintain control. "Moment of inertia" or some such smart rubbish I think they said helps define why. Translating that to moutain bikes makes for some fun corners, but doesn't quite seem as effective as I can't maintain momentum as well as if I just keep it more tidier with the wheels in line. All depends on the corner though I guess.
badsac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-05, 08:24 AM   #8
dirtbikedude
Gravity Is Yer Friend
 
dirtbikedude's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: "Over the Hill" and going down fast in the 805.
Bikes: Scott Gambler, Scott Ransom, Kona Bear, Bianchi 928 Carbon/Chorus, C'Dale Rize4
Posts: 2,961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I find it depend on one's style how much of each brake you use. I do the opposite of what most others do, I tend to use 70 to 80% rear and only use the front if I am heading into a turn or stunt to hot, usually when racing. When not racing I tend to keep my speed slow enough so I can flow through a trail with out too much change in speed so just a dab of rear brake does the trick.

dirtbikedude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-05, 09:23 AM   #9
DMN
Middle-ground Communist
 
DMN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Isle of Wight - UK
Bikes:
Posts: 484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have disk on front and some decent V's on the back, but even still I find my braking ability is 70-30 in favour of the front. The one time my disc failed and I had to rely on my rear alone I ended up in hospital.

Last edited by DMN; 06-11-05 at 04:52 PM.
DMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-05, 04:33 PM   #10
snoopz666
biketilldeath
 
snoopz666's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: now residing in kamloops
Bikes: 2005 Norco Aline:D
Posts: 498
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ya ususally 70 - 30 for me too. i find my front brake can stop me much faster and the back brake for really tight corners
snoopz666 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:59 PM.