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I have a hard tale GT that doesnt have the capabilities of upgrading to a disk break :confused: . My fork, however, does. What are the advantages of having disk breaks in the front and rim breaks in the rear? I know i ride the front break more often - if at all :D
 

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I do not know if there are any specific advantages.

I run a front disk and a rear linear brake for the same reason you are thinking of doing it: my frame would not support a disk brake.

I have found the rear linear brake completely adequate and plenty powerful.

Some possible advantages:

The linear brake is lighter.
The linear brake was cheaper.
Non-disk compatible wheels are cheaper.


I have found the XT caliper I run in the rear plenty powerful for braking. I am running an Avid BB7 in the front.
 

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Have you considered adapters?

nelsonpsu said:
I have a hard tale GT that doesnt have the capabilities of upgrading to a disk break :confused: . My fork, however, does. What are the advantages of having disk breaks in the front and rim breaks in the rear? I know i ride the front break more often - if at all :D
There are several different adapters available. I have no knowledge of any of them other than have seen them around. Example: http://www.discbrakeadapters.com/fs_show_item_details.php?item_id=4
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http://www.woodmancomponents.com/products/disc_adapter/discosystem.html

You would probably get better answers over in the "Brake Time" forum
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=96348
 

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Gotta echo Greenfix in that it's half the weight, less than half the cost, plus nearly as effective as discs all-around.

I, too, did it because "my frame made me do it", but after two years of riding a disc/V setup I was very pleased with the performance and seriously considered sticking with it on my next bike.

Other than the rim wear, I'd do it again.
 

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If you ride in the wet, goo, or mud, the disk gives you the advantage of always being there. You don't have to squeeze early to get your pads to clear the rim of muck. You just squeeze, and stop.

If you don't ride in the wet, goo, or mud, I dunno.
 
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