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    disc brakes?

    Are disk brakes really worth the extra money and if so should you get a bike with them on the bike or just buy them alone and put them on your bike yourself.

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    Remember that your bike will need to have the proper mounting points for disk brakes if you ever want them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveacrapbike
    Are disk brakes really worth the extra money and if so should you get a bike with them on the bike or just buy them alone and put them on your bike yourself.
    Depends on what you do with them. Usually a good pair of V's do the job.
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    Disc Brakes???

    Check that thread out.

    I agree with mindbogger about the v's though. For most people disc brakes are just a fancy accessory.

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    I can stop on any terrain using only 1 finger on both hands with my Hayes HFX-9's DH with 8" rotors. I lie you not. If you need to stop anywhere / anytime then get discs. I am impressed with the Hayes MX1 DH version too. It's what came stock on my HARO Xtreme X2. I only changed to the hydraulic's because I already had them on another bike. Otherwise the MX1 (2004) would suit me fine. No matter how muddy or wet riding conditions are, you'll stop on a dime everytime, period....

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    hey im curious what sort of riding do you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveacrapbike
    Are disk brakes really worth the extra money and if so should you get a bike with them on the bike or just buy them alone and put them on your bike yourself.

    i am sort of going through the same decission process my thinking is this:

    1)i am really an xc rider but i ride some very technical and fast down hill...stopping power is a must and on some of my local descents i am really clamping down hard on my v-brakes to gain control of my rig...a good set of hydraulic discs should help with this and also improve brake modulation

    2)I am a weight wennie and don't want to add much more....in most cases moving away from v-brakes garuntees significant weight gain....unless you are willing to pay top dollar for the light stuff.

    3)if i were a beginner rider or not ridding a lot of very fast technical descents I would probably focus on getting the lightest bike i could afford to help remove bike weight from my improvement equation...in most cases this would be a bike without disc brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by morbid_fiend
    hey im curious what sort of riding do you do?
    Uphill, both ways..... Duh.

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