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What would you value more: hydro disc brakes or carbon fork?

Old 09-16-15, 03:26 AM
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We get plenty of fog here in Indiana and I can say with complete certainty that I have never had enough fog condensation build up on my rims to adversely affect the performance of my brakes.
guess it must have been my imagination then, or our fog here is wetter than yours.
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Old 09-16-15, 05:27 AM
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Alright, I'm pretty sure I want hydro brakes. Not only do they feel good -- and many people swear by them -- but I also appreciate how easy the front wheel comes on and off, which is nice since I don't have a bike rack on my sedan and this allows me to throw it in the back seat. (the Trek employee showed me how)

So now the decision comes down to carbon fork vs sticking with aluminum. This is where it gets more difficult, because on a quick test ride on a shop you can make quick determinations on some things (e.g. how the touch of hydro brakes feel)...but you can't really make "long term" judgements. For instance, if there's some rough patches around the store, you may think that an aluminum fork feels fine rolling over it during a 10-minute test ride. But you can't replicate a 2-hour ride and the cumulative effect/fatigue.

Man - threads like this have a magical way of making some decisions easier, while simultaneously making them more difficult.
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Old 09-16-15, 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by KC_Crunch View Post
Alright, I'm pretty sure I want hydro brakes. Not only do they feel good -- and many people swear by them -- but I also appreciate how easy the front wheel comes on and off, which is nice since I don't have a bike rack on my sedan and this allows me to throw it in the back seat. (the Trek employee showed me how)

So now the decision comes down to carbon fork vs sticking with aluminum. This is where it gets more difficult, because on a quick test ride on a shop you can make quick determinations on some things (e.g. how the touch of hydro brakes feel)...but you can't really make "long term" judgements. For instance, if there's some rough patches around the store, you may think that an aluminum fork feels fine rolling over it during a 10-minute test ride. But you can't replicate a 2-hour ride and the cumulative effect/fatigue.

Man - threads like this have a magical way of making some decisions easier, while simultaneously making them more difficult.
my vintage bikes are steel and have crmo forks. last year i built up a miele aluminium frame and fork from ebay with disc brakes. my roads are mostly chip and seal surface which sets up a high frequency vibe, that i ride for 15-20 miles. neither AL or crmo type fork, in my opinion, is any better than the other in that environment. never tried a composite fork, but it is on my bucket list.
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Old 09-16-15, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by dr1445 View Post
my vintage bikes are steel and have crmo forks. last year i built up a miele aluminium frame and fork from ebay with disc brakes. my roads are mostly chip and seal surface which sets up a high frequency vibe, that i ride for 15-20 miles. neither AL or crmo type fork, in my opinion, is any better than the other in that environment. never tried a composite fork, but it is on my bucket list.
Interesting. Chip and seal is pretty much what all the residential neighborhoods here have gone to, so that's what I'm taking into account when I ride. That plus the random gravel/debris/cracks/etc you encounter on any ride. I don't see myself doing rides longer than 15 - 20 miles at a time as well. So it sounds like either my best bet is to get the Trex 7.4 FX Disc on closeout like I originally mentioned, or maybe save up/hold out for this Specialized, which looks to combine everything (hydro disc, carbon fork and components that are good enough for me):

Specialized Bicycle Components

Basically, I think my mentality is "spend just enough to get everything you're pretty sure you want, but then cut it off so you're not overspending on things you'll probably never notice the difference on"
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Old 09-16-15, 06:28 AM
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No opinion on the brakes, but I rode many thousands miles on a steel road bike with an aluminum fork. The aluminum fork felt no different from the steel forks on all my other steel bikes.
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Old 09-16-15, 12:38 PM
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I Like My Hydro rim brakes , but they're German Made, so wont come on bikes shipped from Asian Factories.
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