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Old 04-07-05, 02:31 PM   #1
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Disc or High Quality Vs

I was goin to get disc probally avids then found i needed a knew wheelset. I dont have the money to spend 350 would SOme Avid Single Digit Sl be good. I ride in muddy trails
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Save your money get the discs.
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Discs. They're just better all around, but especially in mud. Save up until you can get the wheels and the brakes. It's worth it.
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well, if you make it a routine to ride in muddy trails, discs would be nice. If you only ride in there once in a while, and dont do huge descents i would just get some nice V brakes
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Discs would be good for the mud.
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I was goin to get disc probally avids then found i needed a knew wheelset. I dont have the money to spend 350 would SOme Avid Single Digit Sl be good. I ride in muddy trails
My response would be if you don't have the $350 for a wheelset, then why spend coin on top of the line V brakes. I would get SL's if it were a xc race bike. If not, then stick with what you got until you can upgrade the whole thing.

You could just get hubs and re lace the wheel with your existing rims. then It may not be as costly, depending on your wheel/hub selection.

Where are you guys riding in extremely muddy trails all the time that you need disc brakes to stop you? Usually if it is that muddy you don't ride, right? Because you are destroying the trail, No? You find something else to do for a day or two . I am not talking about a race where you have to ride no matter what, but in general.
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I am gonna have to go with the general mood
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I don't generally ride in mud(I live in SoCal, it never rains here...) but I prefer discs since they feel better than my v's did and they allow me to stop faster.

I wouldn't use them for XC since I don't need them here, I use them for light FR/urban/light DH.

They do come in handy sometimes though. Since I have to ride through the canyon to get to school, if it rains and it gets muddy I'm thankful for my discs.
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I agree with unsuspended. If you really want better brakes, and want to try discs, just wait until you have enough scratch to buy nice everything. If you do ride in mud, they are really your best option. Keep in mind though, assuming you live in the northern hemisphere, that spring is here- and thus, less rain. If you live in the UK, you'd probably want discs for sure.

SL's are definitely for race bikes, and that is seen in the price. If you want nice Vs, Avid makes some without the Ti bolts (that the SLs have) for about half the price.
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Where are you guys riding in extremely muddy trails all the time that you need disc brakes to stop you? Usually if it is that muddy you don't ride, right? Because you are destroying the trail, No? You find something else to do for a day or two . I am not talking about a race where you have to ride no matter what, but in general.
Today I rode down a 2500 foot 12 mile hill in total mud most of the way. It was a double track logging road. Discs are amazing. Around here the worst thing for a trail is a horse. They destroy great trails.
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preach on, I've ridden some trails after the horse day and man they are crazy tore up. I'd save for the discs too, thats what I'm doing. It's just not going well, because they aren't top of the spending list.
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My response would be if you don't have the $350 for a wheelset, then why spend coin on top of the line V brakes. I would get SL's if it were a xc race bike. If not, then stick with what you got until you can upgrade the whole thing.

You could just get hubs and re lace the wheel with your existing rims. then It may not be as costly, depending on your wheel/hub selection.

Where are you guys riding in extremely muddy trails all the time that you need disc brakes to stop you? Usually if it is that muddy you don't ride, right? Because you are destroying the trail, No? You find something else to do for a day or two . I am not talking about a race where you have to ride no matter what, but in general.

Sometimes, otherwsie trails have perpetually muddy sections. Sometimes, your bike has to go through a little water. Sometimes, you pop a spoke and your rim goes out of true.
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I just started riding disks and have nothing but great things to say about them. The improvement in stopping power and ease of adjustment is well worth the small weight increase even on my XC bike.

I built this bike up completely and hand picked every part. The choice that stands out in my mind as the best was deciding to go with Avid Mech disks.
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