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hydraulic brakes
« on: January 30, 2010, 02:38:31 AM »
Hi guys,

In spring I will start my first big bicycle tour through Europe and Asia. I did already some shorter trips (up to six weeks). I never had big problems with my bike. I'm not very good with repairing stuff but I know the basic things.
My question is: Does anybody has some experience with hydraulic brakes? What's your opinion about hydraulic brakes?

Petra

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Re: hydraulic brakes
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 08:08:22 AM »
Petra,

Congratulations on your coming journey.

Below are the pros and cons of Hydraulic brakes vs. V-brakes:

Hydraulic brakes pros:
- much more brake power
- no wall wear on the rims
- no risk of overheating and tires blowing up
- no need to change or carry brake pads
- need to be adjusted less often
- not affected as much in wet or muddy conditions

Hydraulic brakes cons:
- more expensive
- involves more mechanical parts that can break
- don't handle bad roads very well on a long-term basis
- can be a real problem in case of breakdown
- makes your bike look more attractive to thieves
- disks can get bent, especially in airplanes, buses, trains, etc.
- more complicated to maintain
- need to be bled every once in a while with a bleed kit
- heavier

If you are a bit reluctant doing mechanical work yourself, maybe you should stick with V-brakes.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2010, 08:04:03 PM by Stephane »
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Re: hydraulic brakes
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010, 03:39:17 PM »
I happen to know Petra and I notice there is a mistake here.
She doesn't have hydrolic disk brakes, but hydrolic brakes with brake pads that brake on the rim.
The main difference with normal V-brakes is that when a cable (do you call them cables, the black things with the oil in it?) breakes you lose the oil.
How can you replace something like that in the middle of Tibet?
I find it also more difficult to fine tune this brakes.
Any comments about this?
Peter van Glabbeek

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Re: hydraulic brakes
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010, 03:41:59 PM »
You know everyone don't you?  ;)
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Re: hydraulic brakes
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2010, 02:58:38 AM »
Peter is right about my brakes. Does anybody know that kind of brakes?
It's definitely a good idea to learn more about my brakes before leaving.

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Re: hydraulic brakes
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 10:09:20 AM »
hi there
i think if you are going to want discs you should think about cable disc as they are easyer to fix if you in the middle of no where .there are good one shimano or avid do a nice set and there chepper then hy discs.if not stik to v a good set like xt are as good as any disc

hope that helps

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Re: hydraulic brakes
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2010, 07:47:00 PM »
Hi Petra
the brakes you've got will be fine. If you were to change to disc brakes you would need... new hubs, possible even new wheels, maybe a new fork if the one you have doesn't have disc caliper mounts, possibly even a new frame as there may be no caliper mount on the frame either!

I used brakes similar to yours 18 years ago for mtb racing, they were made by Magura and were fantastic, I never had any issues with them.

I have found hydraulic brakes to be as reliable as, if not more reliable than any cable brakes when they are set up properly.

Probably more than 90% of mountain bikes are sold with disc brakes these days and there are lots of good reasons for this, the same would be said for cyclocross bikes if they weren't banned in UCI races.

I rode the Great Divide last summer and didn't have a single mechanical issue