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Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by Haro27, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. Haro27

    Haro27 Chimp

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    Am I the only one still racing with rim brakes?
    I am still thinking of going to dice brakes but I am so
    Happy with what I got. So my question is there any one
    out there with me ????
     

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  2. Captain Cogset

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    I run discs on all my bikes. I never really had a problem with V-brakes when I was running them, but once I put discs on one of my bikes the V's just weren't the same.

    If you are happy with what you got then that is all that is important. Lots of people still run v-brakes on their race bikes.
     
  3. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Turbo Monkey

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    I actually prefer rim brakes. IMO they're more reliable and they're lighter. For XC riding and racing no one really needs the power of a disc brake when a high-end V-Brake works really well.
     
  4. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    I did a lot of bad weather riding, and the rim brakes don't cut it. If you are a fair weather cyclist, it could be OK to just V's.

    My next hardtail will be disc only though.
     
  5. Haro27

    Haro27 Chimp

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    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?
     
  6. MtnbikeMike

    MtnbikeMike Turbo Monkey

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    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.
     
  7. caputo1989

    caputo1989 Turbo Monkey

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    I run xtr on ceramic rims anf they work great.

    EDIT: I only use my XC bike to train for DH.
     
  8. bagofdonuts43

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    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.
     
  9. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    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.
     
  10. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    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.
     
  11. -dustin

    -dustin boring

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    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.
     
  12. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    I like my discs purely for the massive stopping power they have, and the fact that I've had them in the rain, mud, dust, dirt, etc etc and they have never failed me.
     
  13. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I'm pretty agnostic about brakes. My new bike came with discs and they stop pretty nicely.

    Of course, so did my old XT V's.

    The one thing I *really* like about discs is one-finger braking even on those monster 7-10 mile XC downhills. :thumb: No more semi-cramping forearms.
     
  14. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    I think brake fade on long descents is the big reason I prefer discs for XC. We have long descents and V's fade a lot.
     
  15. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    I use discs, and race....besides Westy (I think) most of the respondants here are posers (dont race!)

    I will be building up a hardtail over the winter, that just might have rim brakes for the those non tech course / nice weather race days
     
  16. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    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.
     
  17. SuspectDevice

    SuspectDevice Turbo Monkey

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    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...
     
  18. AustinM

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    i race and I've only used v-brakes. Live in Nova Scotia, Canada too so it gets pretty wet and muddy at times. I've used my v-brakes for all five years I've raced and I feel fine with them.
     
  19. UNHrider

    UNHrider Monkey

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    My race bike has magura marta disc brakes and i will never go back to V-brakes. They just work so much better out here in the east where the trail conditions can a bit sloppy.

    matt
     
  20. AustinM

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    never had disc so maybe that's why I'm fine with my v-brakes too.
     
  21. kicknitLivE

    kicknitLivE Monkey

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    I like one finger braking and no hand cramps.
     
  22. maxyedor

    maxyedor <b>TOOL PRO</b>

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    I'm not a racer and I know for a fact you can get a disc set-up lighter than a v-brake set-up but those avid single digit ultimates are one of the main reasond I want to build up a ti Moots
     
  23. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    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.