disks vs V brakes?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by boyntonstu, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. boyntonstu

    boyntonstu Member

    Any experiences to report?
     

  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I think most everybody prefers a disk brake on the front. Its stronger and works well in wet weather. If your front wheel needs truing, you can still brake well (rim brakes don't work well on wobbly wheels or if your rims get greasy).
    -On the other hand, over half of the motorbikes on this site have front rim brakes and do just fine.
    Installing disk brake up front will normally require the purchase of a disk front fork and disk front wheel, in addition to the rotor, caliper, cable and lever.
    I ran a drum brake on my gas motorbike.
    On my e-bike, I'm sticking with the rim brakes and putting that money toward some better batteries.
     
  3. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    drum brakes are my preferred style. fade is a problem but they stop well and since they're sealed units they work well in rain or mud
     
  4. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

  5. boyntonstu

    boyntonstu Member

    Why do you prefer drums over disks?

    Is there a kit for drum brakes?
     
  6. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    A drum brake will fit any fork. That is why they were so popular for decades.
    Everything you need (except cable and hand lever) come with a new drum brake.
    Great, but pricey drum brakes are made by Nexus and Sturmey Archer.
    I have also used the Chinese Arai drum brake and they worked well for me.
    You can buy the drum brake alone, but you will then need to pay a shop to lace it to a rim.
    For most people, it is better to buy a wheel with the drum brake already installed.
    You can find them on the Husky Bicycle website.
    You can also find them on EBay.
     
  7. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    Because I occasionally ride in muddy conditions and disc brakes tend to fail when they get muddy.
     
Loading...