I ride in all kinds of wither form rain to snow. The way I look at it XC racing and riding you don’t need the braking bower that a downhiller needs. Just a good set of brake pads and you are all good.
What rim brakes do you use?
My race bike this year came with rim brakes, Top Fuel 110. I had a few races where I wished I had discs: Mammoth, Brian Head(raining/hailing), and a couple of others. For next season, I'm running discs; whether on a new bike or upgrading the current one.
BTW, my brakes are the Avid Single Digit SL's, I'm sure the true V-brakes (ie. Shimano) would work better with the parallelogram link.
I have XTR V-brakes and like them just fine. I feel like I have more modulation (no skidding unless I wrench it). On that note, I'm going to build a new XC bike, full tilt. I've been considering Juicy seven's. I like the little pressure input at the lever. One of my main goals on the new bike is low weight so that's going to be a factor though.
When I bought my Kona I gave myself permission to kick in the extra money and go for discs. It's a safety concern more than anything and plus a hell of a lot more fun to know that I can tear up the trail and will be able to stop on a dime no matter how muddy or steep the trail is. I have Hayes hydraulic discs and I would highly recommend them along with Juicy 7s.
I prefer Ceramic rim brakes on my XC bike. I feel they have the best modulation going. I've owned avid mech, hayes and hopes for my trail bike and didn't like any of them. Actually I liked the feel of the Avid mechanicals but I constantly need to adjust them. I have tested out a friends bike with XT disks and like the modulation and might trade them out for my Hope mono minis.
i am annoyed that so many frames are becoming disk only. i love Vs, and believe a lot of people who are riding discs are doing so simply because "they're sooooo much better" regardless of when/where/how they ride.
SD7s = love.
i don't ride in mud because i've been trained that riding in mud damages the trail. that's all there pretty much is around here when it rains.
SD-7 levers, ceramic rims and kool stop green pads give me more power and less fade than my Hopes. My only gripe with rim breaks is when you bend up a wheel, but I seem to warp disk rotors more often than I bend up rims.
I'm with westy. My rim-braked XC bike has the most powerful, most consistent and best feeling brakes of any of my 5 mountain bikes. This includes some crazy ass DH setups too. It looks like my next XC race frame won't have rim brake mounts, and that makes me sad...
All my racing I have done has been on one of my bikes that has rim brakes. They work. and if it ain't broke why Fix it ? The one place I have really found Discs are a Nessecity . is if you ride in Sub Freezing weather , Ride thought a Puddle ( or too Much Snow ) the rims get glazed with Ice , and the Brakes just don't work. But I have yet to see a race in those conditions.