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Originally Posted by vadopazzo
...To me it seems discs are great for mountain biking and foul weather commuting but I wouldn't take them on a tour. (an opinion based soely on theory)
I agree with vadopazzo, generally, but with one caveat. If your loaded touring is very mountainous, AND you expect to do wet/muddy stops, discs may be justified.
In general, though, they're a nightmare to keep adjusted as the pads often want to drag. I speak from experience with Avid road discs (mechanical actuation).
There definitely **IS
** a place for disc brakes in the pantheon of touring, but it is for sure a specialized niche.