Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Racing roadkill, 24 Mar 2018.
Nothing divides opinion quite like stating an opinion.
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.
Try using carbon rims all year round with rim brakes. Then you will understand why some of us ride disc's
You could say that's an argument against using inappropriate materials for wheel rim construction.
You could say that for any wheel that has rim that wears on use.....not just carbon
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.
But especially carbon.
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
Never heard a scraping noise coming from my discs and my disc braked Ti weighs less than my rim braked Ti.....so win win for me
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.
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.
Even the battered old Norco I rescued from the tip has silent discs. Mind you they're not very good brakes either...
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.
They're probably a bit on the heavy side compared to rim or disc brakes.
Of the contributors here, I wouldn't have put you down as a Luddite.
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