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Old 10-24-10, 01:52 PM
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Specialized Hardrock, to disc or not to disc?

I've already read the FAQ and searched and I have this question, between these two specific bikes, are the tektro disc brakes worth the extra $80? The bike will basically be used on camping trips to Yosemite and the time spent at the cabin at Tahoe as well as the occasional single track ride around home. As a point of reference my current bike that I have used for everything up until this point is a 1999 Hardrock that I recently had overhauled and more commuterized with 1.5 inch slicks. Prior to the changes it handled all above duties just fine.

I will not be riding in the mud, does not appeal to me at all. Basically the purpose of the bike is to be more comfortable on the trails I ride through while off road then I would be on my bike with slicks. I understand the V brakes will get the job done but will I really notice a difference with the disc brakes? Or are the ones that come on the Hardrock disc not that great since they're obviously lower level disc brakes?
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Old 10-24-10, 02:10 PM
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to disc. in the next few years you will never even hear the word V-Brake, except by silly roadies.
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the tektros wont be $80 better then the v brakes. if the non disc bike is disc compatable meaning it has disc hubs and caliper mounts on the frame and fork, definitely get the v brake bike. however if its not disc compatable save some more money and buy the sport disc hard rock which comes with BB5 brakes and a few other nicer components
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Originally Posted by Johnny Law
to disc. in the next few years you will never even hear the word V-Brake, except by silly roadies.
I figure there will always be v-brakes, just the nature of bikes, the entry level ones will always have them ?
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I personally don't really understand the point of disk brakes other than wet situations. My V-Brakes will flip me over the bars quite easily. Why do I need 10x the stopping power? Or for that matter, even 2x the stopping power? And disks are heavier and (from what I've read) have issues with degrading performance if you're riding them a lot on a down-hill. I also hear people screeching around the trails with disks.
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Originally Posted by 3speed
I personally don't really understand the point of disk brakes other than wet situations. My V-Brakes will flip me over the bars quite easily. Why do I need 10x the stopping power? Or for that matter, even 2x the stopping power? And disks are heavier and (from what I've read) have issues with degrading performance if you're riding them a lot on a down-hill. I also hear people screeching around the trails with disks.
Wow...really??? Here's the dead giveaway..."from what I've read".... I've had many different brands of disc and that are all much better than V brakes.
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I don't doubt that they're better. That's why I said, why do I need more stopping power? What's the point if my current brakes will Easily flip me over the handle bars already?
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I don't doubt that they're better. That's why I said, why do I need more stopping power? What's the point if my current brakes will Easily flip me over the handle bars already?
Modulation and wet weather performance amongst other things.

Nothing against you brother but this has been debated a bunch of times and it will turn into a 25 to 1 E-fight and guess why? Disc breaks are better in almost every facet. Hands down

To the OP. Get the disc brakes version if you can afford it.
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Contrary to what everyone else is saying, Id go for the v-brakes. The tektros arent impressive at all. My V-brakes on my rockhopper (with decent pads) stopped just as good. Modulation is better with discs but you arent riding in the wet or mud so you should have no issues. This thread has kind of gone away from what suits your needs to what is better. Discs are better. Not $80 better for what you are going to do.
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