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Disc Brakes vs Cantilever Brakes

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Advantages of Disc brakes vs Cantilever brakes:

  • More braking power - Hydraulic brakes even more.
  • Moderate rim damage does not affect braking.
  • Not affected by rain or snow and mud.
  • Pads last longer and are easy to replace with no tools.
  • Brakes don’t go out of true when brake pads get thin. Cantilevers need re adjustments every time the pads get a couple mm thinner.
  • Less prone to fading on long down hills.
  • You can make the bicycle rims lighter weigh so less rotational weight.
  • You can build a wheel with super wide rims and huge tires.
  • Great if you want the ability to put bigger tires and flexibility with fenders on road bicycles.
  • Discs can bend but can be bent back easily with the right tool or even pliers if need be.

Disadvantages of Disc Brakes:

  • Heavier then cantilever.
  • More expensive.
  • Require specific hubs and disc brake mounting tabs on rear wheel and fork.
  • Sometimes squeak - Oil on the discs can make this occur. (This can be cleaned off)
  • Can be hard to set up initially.
  • Discs are vulnerable to bending when transporting the wheels separately from bicycle.
  • Disc brakes can interfere with Pannier racks and bags.
  • Some bicycle designs can be dangerous with front wheels coming off the forks.


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