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Old 10-13-09, 05:46 PM
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v brakes or disc

I am looking at 2 bikes right now... the scott aspect 55 with mechanical disc brakes and the scott aspect 50 with mechanical v brakes. My local shop has the 50 in stock and at a 20% dicount. Are the mech. disc brakes worth the extra cost? Also was looking at the scott aspect 45 for about $150 more that has hydralic disc brakes and better overall components. This will be my first "real" MTB.

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Old 10-13-09, 05:59 PM
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Without looking at Scott's product line, I would usually say that money is well spent buying a bike with quality parts in the beginning. You are less likley to spend more money upgrading it in the future.
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So for some reason the 50 and 55 aren't showing up on Scott's website for me. Anyway, I really like the feel of hydros. They generally have better modulation, more stopping power, etc.

However, what are the other upgrades on the 45? What are the brakes on the 55? A good set of mechs might end up being perfectly adequate for your needs...lots of people are very happy with BB7's, for example. And is the 50 (which I'm assuming is cheapest) disc ready? For that same $150, you can almost put a set of Juicy 5's on ( http://greenfishsports.com/product/3...rake-2008.html ), which are going to be nicer than the Tektro Aurigas that come stock. However, an even better use of that extra $150 might be a nicer fork. The stock fork isn't very nice, and that bike would be much improved with something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ROCK-SHOX-TORA-3...item5635c2e760
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I would save your money and stick with V brakes. I made the mistake of upgrading to find a close to worse performance from the brakes. I wouldnt get the one with mech discs unless they are BB7's.
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Here are the specs on the aspect 45

http://www.rei.com/product/780962

Here is the 55

http://www.rei.com/product/780963

and the 50

https://shop.sunrisecyclery.com/item/41336/

this should show the upgrades on the 45... the problem is finding one in a large size... I have found a couple online for about $575 to $600 but heard scott doesn't warranty bikes sold online? The local shop where I am said they could do the 50 for around $470 out the door. or they would pull the components off a 45 that they had in a different size and put it on the 50 for about $750 out the door... thats the rims, hydralic brakes, crank set, etc...
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I don't think I'd get the V's. If you get V's and want to upgrade the fork later on, you'd either have to find one with V mounts or upgrade to discs at the same time. The other thing is it's usually more economical to buy the better components up front than to try to upgrade later on. Honestly though, if it's your first real mountain bike, you're not going to notice many of the little componentry differences. Figure out how much you're willing to spend, spend as much as you can without blowing your budget, and upgrade it as things break.
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Can the discs on the 55 (mech) be used when upgraded to hydrolic brakes later on? or would I have to switch out those too? also if I had to shop just put on the hyrolics from the 45 would they have to switch out the fork also?
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Rotors will be fine.

50 has disc mounts and V-mounts on the fork, so the fork could be used for either.
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Why do I have a feeling this is going to end up being a Disc vs V brake thread.
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well I would really love to get the 45 but I just found a deal on a basically brand new 55 for less than half of retail... so now if I buy it tomorrow I know I want to change over to hydrolics and maybe a since i have so much extra left over... any suggestions other than zyphers above?
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Why do I have a feeling this is going to end up being a mech disc vs hydro disc vs v brake thread.
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Does the V-equipped bike have disk ready fork, frame, and front/rear hubs? Changing a V bike to disks can be more expensive than anticipated sometimes.
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Does the V-equipped bike have disk ready fork, frame, and front/rear hubs?
Yes for frame and fork.
I don't think so for the wheels.
So he'd probably need to buy new wheels to enable a conversion to disc.
Definitely check this before buying.
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I would get something with V-s or cantis. Having used those and disks for years, add to that the wisdom of my shop mechanic, I wish my current rig had cantis. I like the disks, but not enough to ever want them again. I have BB7s though, so it's not too bad.
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I would get something with V-s or cantis. Having used those and disks for years, add to that the wisdom of my shop mechanic, I wish my current rig had cantis. I like the disks, but not enough to ever want them again. I have BB7s though, so it's not too bad.
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well the one I bought today was the 55 which has the mech disc brakes on it. I am looking at the link posted above to convert them to hydraulics... any suggestions on good and reasonably priced hydraulics
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well the one I bought today was the 55 which has the mech disc brakes on it. I am looking at the link posted above to convert them to hydraulics... any suggestions on good and reasonably priced hydraulics
Why not keep the mechanicals on there for a while? At least wear out a set of pads before upgrading...
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