Old 09-15-15, 07:14 AM
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There are hydros and there are hydros. I've test rode several bikes this spring. The shimano hydro discs were much better performers on the street for a hybrid than any v brake, rain or shine. No adjustments or tinkering, quiet, smooth, great brake feel, stoping power, one finger pull. It makes for a much more satisfying ride to me. So much better for technical riding. So much so that I would consider a bike with shimano hydros (or better) to be a minimum requirement. You can certainly ride a hybrid with v brakes, or no brakes. A carbon fork is down in the noise in comparison to the brakes, IMHO.

There may be a few "light weight" applications were v-brakes may be better, where one prefers to give up some brake performance for weight. Takes more skill to use v brakes well.

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