Old 01-08-19, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Alcanbrad View Post
One word: Money

The cost of upgrading from mechanical to hydraulic is a big nut, especially if you are starting from a 10 speed triple, your only viable options are 11 speed double - This adds the cost of a full drivetrain and new brifters.
The TRP Hy/Rd list price $125, but it's easy to find them on sale for $100. The Hy/Rd does't require any changes to brifters, drivetrain or rotors. You have to decide if $200 per tandem is a "big nut" for significantly better braking and ease of use. I use full hydraulic brakes (Shimano R785, Shimano XTR, Hayes Stroker Trail) on several bikes and the Hy/Rd is reasonably close in performance. We would do steep descents on the Hy/Rd, but not on the BB7.

You're right that full hydraulic brakes require more expensive changes and are probably more suitable for new tandems rather than retrofits.
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