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

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

  1. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    You get like the people you hang about on a cycle forum with. God help me!
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  2. hatler

    hatler Guru

    It's a shame Mavic aren't making ceramic rims in road sizes any more. Rims don't wear out. Nor do you get covered in black alloy gunk when handling the wheel.
  3. Randy Butternubs

    Randy Butternubs Über Member

    God damn I hate that stuff. Didn't realise ceramic rims stopped it. Don't Rigida still make some?


    Looks like they do - the Rigida Grizzly (19mm internal width). Pricey though at £70; I usually only spend about £30 on a rim.
    Last edited: 26 Mar 2018
  4. Bodhbh

    Bodhbh Veteran

    I ran with front disc, back v-brake on my Roadrat for a while. It was an old frame and you couldn't run a rack and discs without some sort of bodging with spacers. Worked fine, not much to say about it - the breaking was better at the front and modulated differently but like most things you get used to it.
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  5. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    Having checked again, the Norco fork is a no-go...
  6. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    my old commuter used koolstop salmons rim blocks (with shimano tiara callipers)

    my new commuter uses tektro disc brakes

    over the same commute (64km 4 times a week), it's obvious that the disc brakes are no better than the koolstops in the dry, but are better in the wet. they seem to wear down less too. the disc brake pads are more expensive, but i don't expect to go through a rear wheel rim every year now…
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  8. hatler

    hatler Guru

    Yup, pricey, but they last way more than twice as long (presuming you don't ding them). Sadly the Grizzly is not the rim for my bike.
  9. I put a disc on the front of my commuting bike. My main reason was for the better stopping in the wet, but also rim wear. I have 3 perfectly good rear wheels, and 3 worn fronts. I guess I should just replace the front wheel, rather than buying different wheel sets!
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  10. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    I'm considering buying a new road bike sometime in the next few months, and was pondering the merits of rim vs disc brakes. I read this article by Paul Allen of the Harris Cyclery (of Sheldon Harris fame):
    It gives a very thorough list of the advantages and disadvantages of disc brakes. I must admit that I was put off disc brakes a bit when I got to the list of disadvantages of disc brakes.
  11. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Were his brakes making that noise at the beginning of the ride?
  12. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^


    What will taking your front mudguard off do to the headset colin?

    On rim brake "problems" and noise I can't help but wonder if some folks aren't keeping their rims and pads clean.

    If I did lots of offroad I'd consider discs, but I don't.

    The most teeth grinding noises I have ever heard have come from misbehaving discs.
    Last edited: 13 Jun 2019
  13. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Then why did you specifically mention your carbon?
  14. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    No, the grinding under braking started within a couple of miles of us setting off though.
  15. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    The question is, why were his brakes grinding? I'm on rim brakes and my brakes don't grind. The other question is, why do people get through rims so quick? I've always used rim brakes and I've never changed a rim, I usually find a wheel is seven or eight years old before rim wear becomes a concern, I'm doing 4 - 5000 miles a year split over two bikes.
    Last edited: 13 Jun 2019
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