I’m no huge fan of disc brakes, and the front disc on Merida is annoying me. It’s a Deore series, SM-RT64, 180mm. Advertised as 164 grams, never bothered weighing it myself. There are lots of problems about this particular model, but even with my rear, XTR rotor, too. The obvious one is, its too flexy and bent very easily. I true it quite frequently, and it gets bent after applying brakes for the first name, no matter how soft and gentle I treat it. Problem looks to be the rotor material itself; which almost acts like a spring steel, but obviously not. Second problem, no proper aluminium spider: XT’ s and XTR’s does not bend. At least, that much: and yes, even my XTR rotor at back bends, albeit at a negligible amount. I was looking out for a proper… Continue Reading Avid (Sram) HSX Centerlock (that is, HSXCL) rotor, new addition to MeridaContinue reading
Disc brakes is a good idea implemented wrong in various ways. It’s getting harder to replace it anyway, it’s the norm and the fashion at least for now.
We are still not helpless if we don’t want them, but that situation forced riders to spread across the either end of the spectrum: either buy crappy parts, or go boutique and super expensive.
There are still many topics to cover regarding brakes: even the cantilever brakes are alive to some degree, we still have to decide between mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes, pick best rotors our budget permit. And we still have to maintain them. Better, do it easy and cheap. You’ll (probably, hopefully) find many useful blog posts about brakes.
Still, we have rim brakes, cantilever brakes, even centerpull brakes! You won’t be hacking a vintage bike, brazing mounts to frame and fork to fit disc brakes, which is also very dangerous.
Or, why change your perfectly fine frame to fit disc brakes, which does not work so superb?
I’ll try to cover every kind of frame if my time, budget and bike component inventory permits – it’s getting harder to source parts like proper cantilever brakes, even decent rim brake levers.
So, this brake category will generally include repair and maintenance tips, as expected. When I buy new (or second hand) stuff, I’ll try to share my experiences about them, too.
Why I’m going back to mechanical disc brakes
If I could, I’d completely ditch any disc brakes for rim brakes; but it’s getting harder to find decent rims, hubs, and frames compatible with rim brakes. Such a shame. I wrote a lengthy post why I detest them, but disc brakes are unavoidable FOR NOW. Hydraulic disc brakes seeems far superior to mechanical disc brakes: they -obviously- provide more braking force, cable maintenance and replacement almost unnecessary, and they are lighter. There are some “boutique” brands, such as TRP, makes decent mechanical brakes, but they’re not anywhere in cheap territory. There are millions of things wrong about disc brakes, so why move to a already inferior technology, when there seems to be an inferior technology that sucks less on paper? Well, I have my reasons: Hydraulic disc brake pistons is a joke My wife has an old Bianchi with… Continue Reading Why I’m going back to mechanical disc brakesContinue reading
What’s wrong with disc brakes for bicycles ?
Cars borrow from planes, motorcycles borrow from cars and seems like, bicycles are getting from motorcycles… When I got my first hydraulic brake set, I immediately detest it. Yes; it was an entry-level Acera 355. Later upgraded to Deore 615’s. Guess what? Deore’s are even worse! Still, I miss my Deore V-brakes a lot. They were much more powerful, easy to adjust, lighter, and obviously, cheaper to run. When I got into hydraulic disc brakes, I did not choose to: the new frame I bought was meant for disc brakes only. Good luck finding an MTB frame, manufactured in the last 10 years, with brake bosses. You cannot. Now it’s becoming the norm for road bikes. Even pro road cyclists don’t like them, but they have to accept these because of sponsors. Hydraulic brakes on a bike seem like a… Continue Reading What’s wrong with disc brakes for bicycles ?Continue reading