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Old 05-27-18, 12:14 PM
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Mechanical or hydroaulic Alivio brakes?

I'm buying a bike for my father who's going to ride it quite leisurely in rather upright position. The bike is custom build. Should I choose Alivio mechanical or hydraulic brakes?
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Old 05-27-18, 09:18 PM
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I don't have experience with these particular models and suppose you are talking about disc brakes.
Generally hydraulic brakes offer far superior breaking power and modulation over mechanical brakes. Even relatively cheap hydraulic brakes are often better than high-end mechanical ones.
Some people still prefer mechanical because they are easier to service on a longer tour (especially bike tourers). If a hydraulic brake has a puncture in the tubing, it will be very hard to fix in the field. Good mechanical brakes are Avid BB7 and TRP Spyre (Road bikes) / TRP Spyke (MTBs). I have used both and was happy with them. I have not heard good things about mechanical disc brakes by shimano.
Long story short, out of those two I would opt for the hydraulic brakes.
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Old 05-27-18, 09:33 PM
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I've been successful at hybridding a hybrid with hydr rear mech front.
if i could afford to justify it, I'd do the same for my personal use to mine.
being mine has all mech disc, nothings causing concern to want more stopping ability.
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I'm buying a bike for my father who's going to ride it quite leisurely in rather upright position. The bike is custom build. Should I choose Alivio mechanical or hydraulic brakes?
Buy your dad hydros, so that he can show off to his friends what his son did for him. Alivio hydros are quite nice, actually, and are modestly priced.
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Old 05-28-18, 05:42 AM
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It simply does not matter.
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