Hydraulic Disc Brakes

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Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Postby NWLondoner » Sun Nov 18, 2012 16:40 pm

I'm torn between cable or hydraulic disc brakes for my hybrid/commuter

Are the hydraulics really fit and forget with only a yearly bleed/service needed?

For obvious reasons i don't want a commuter bike that needs constant repairs/off the road time.

Also would you go with Avid Juicy 3 Brakes or Hayes Dyno Brakes?

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Re: Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sun Nov 18, 2012 17:20 pm

Hydraulic are really much better. A set of mechanical avid bb7 if set up well can give you a reasonable alternative, but given the option, I would go hydraulic.

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Re: Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Postby thistle (MBNW) » Sun Nov 18, 2012 17:50 pm

Remember with hydraulic brakes you can't use V brake levers (without an adapter), which could start getting expensive if the shifters are integrated with the brake levers.

I didn't think Avid made Juicy 3s any more? I used to have a set on my mountain bike and if you can get a set they should be fine for commuting. Replacing the pads is a bit of a pain sometimes, but I don't know if it's any worse than on other disc brakes.

When the Avids finally gave up the ghost I bought some Shimano Deore brakes instead, mainly because they were cheap. They're much better than the Juicy 3s, but that might just be because they are still nice and new.

Cable operated disc brakes just don't seem to last as long as hydraulics.

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Re: Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Postby maddog 2 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 21:41 pm

hydros - and go with Shimano every time.

Friends have Avid hydros and they've been nowhere near as good. ditto Hayes.
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