Another good reason to not adopt disc brakes on road bikes.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Racing roadkill, 24 Mar 2018.

  1. nickAKA

    nickAKA Senior Member

    Nothing divides opinion quite like stating an opinion.
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  2. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    That's quite a divisive statement... If you're worried about such things, you should do what I do and carry a disclaimer around my neck.
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  3. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    Try using carbon rims all year round with rim brakes. Then you will understand why some of us ride disc's
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  4. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    You could say that's an argument against using inappropriate materials for wheel rim construction.
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  5. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    You could say that for any wheel that has rim that wears on use.....not just carbon
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  6. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    Which might be an advantage, if you are touring in Outer Mongolia when your caliper piston seal or master cylinder calls it a day. Not that I have any intention of undertaking any such tour, but there are those who do.
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  7. Drago

    Drago Guru

    But especially carbon.
  8. fatjel

    fatjel Über Member

    West Wales
    I mostly ride bikes with rim brakes .. Have 3 with discs don't ride them much
    Never worn out a rim, ever .. The giant needed brake blocks after 8000 miles or so.
    Had new pads in two disc bikes , mtb has only done 300 miles carry new pads with me just in case
    Discs are heavy , wear quicker and make that horrible scraping noise that says you'd be going much faster on rim brakes.
    Is fair to say I prefer rim brakes . only my opinon of course
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  9. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    Never heard a scraping noise coming from my discs and my disc braked Ti weighs less than my rim braked win win for me
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  10. Randy Butternubs

    Randy Butternubs Über Member

    That's a good point, although I think tandem drag brakes have a large heat sink sticking out the side that normal bicycle drum brakes lack.

    Still, the heat argument does seem like a bit of a red herring. It isn't like bicycle rim or disc brakes are famed for their ability to shed heat; people worry about tyres blowing off the rim from overheating with rim brakes and with the fluid boiling or plastic parts melting beyond repair with disc brakes.

    It does seem a bit odd that drums are as niche as they are - I've never even seen one.
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  11. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Same, my disc brakes are totally silent in operation, whether riding or braking. If they are making a noise, I'd suggest they are improperly setup, in the same way that rim brakes can.

    In fact, I've found that overall Discs are slightly quieter than rim brakes, plus I don't need to keep cleaning the pads and rims after each wet ride.
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  12. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    Even the battered old Norco I rescued from the tip has silent discs. Mind you they're not very good brakes either...

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  13. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Some cheapie Chinese ebikes used to have a disc front and rim rear brake because the older design hub motors couldn't take a disc.
  14. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    They're probably a bit on the heavy side compared to rim or disc brakes.
  15. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Nr Cambridge
    Of the contributors here, I wouldn't have put you down as a Luddite.
    Brandane likes this.
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