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Old 06-11-05, 09:02 AM
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Ared disc brakes easier to maintain?

I don't have them, but I am considering getting a new bike with them. I mean, you don't have to worry about centering them, or toe-in, or any other alignment issues between pads and the rim, right?

It seems like they should pretty much be a set-and-forget kind of thing.
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Old 06-11-05, 01:29 PM
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"Easier" isn't a word that I would use, "different" would be more accurate. You still have alignment issues between the caliper and the disc. You have warped disc issues that you wouldn't have with rim brakes. If they're hydraulic, you will have another set of issues. None of these things is a deal breaker, but working with disc brakes is just a little different.
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Old 06-11-05, 03:38 PM
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The mechanical discs ones are a bit "easier" if you ride in the wet to maintain at least from the perspective of not grinding down your rims/etc but I'd agree with Retro in that they're pretty much just "different". I didn't go for hydraulic discs, it just seemed like one more thing to have to worry about and the stopping power upgrade from crappy stock v brakes to avid bb was HUGE. I can't see going further at this point to be honest.

I don't think they're "easier" overall, but they are nicer for some situations such as gritty rain covered trails and icy conditions. But riding styles differ and just because I work well with them in these conditionds doesn't mean that someone else rides better with a different brake in the same ones.
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Old 06-11-05, 05:13 PM
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I would say that overall for tweak-to-ride ratio, hydraulic discs are far superior. They are maintained and adjusted by a series of minor yet precise operations. These operations(such as checking caliper drag) take a matter of seconds and a minor ammount of adjustment with a pocket tool when needed.
The most complex operation does not fall into the normal maintenance category- bleeding. Bleeding is something that is encountered rarely if ever and to most people is easily left to a shop for a small fee. In two years of racing with two hydraulic bikes I have only bled one caliper once and it was because I was curious
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Old 06-11-05, 08:27 PM
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I've had Deore hydraulic discs for three and a half years now, and besides changing the pads a couple of times (a very simple procedure, BTW), I haven't needed to touch them.

There's no way I'd ever go back to rim brakes. Under perfect conditions (rim clean, dry and true - pads clean and dry), they can work as well as discs, but how often do you encounter "perfect conditions" off-road?

Scrubbing my rims and pads after every ride is a chore I most definitely do not miss.
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Old 06-12-05, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
"Easier" isn't a word that I would use, "different" would be more accurate. You still have alignment issues between the caliper and the disc. You have warped disc issues that you wouldn't have with rim brakes. If they're hydraulic, you will have another set of issues. None of these things is a deal breaker, but working with disc brakes is just a little different.
Well put, Retro.

I've had my Hayes hydraulics for about a year and have zero problems. I replaced the pads once, and aligned the calipers once. The pads are removed/replaced with a pair of needle nose pliers (or fingers) and probably takes a minute. Aligning the calipers involves loosening and tightening 2 Allen screws - this probably takes a few minutes. (I don't think they needed an alignment, but I was just in the mood to turn a wrench).

With disks, don't have to worry about cables (if hydraulic), springs, pivots, junk on rims, toe in, pad placement.
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Old 06-12-05, 06:16 PM
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Yeah, i'd say maintenance is less tedious on discs.
The only thing that would make discs more work is when a serious mechanical problem occurs, like a blown piston or valve somewhere in the caliper.
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