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I ride discs because I like good braking. They just work better. They are easier to setup, aren't affected by how true your rims are, and work in all elements. I'm working towards all my bikes having them. Only my old touring bike and my road bike do not, the latter probably never will. That's the one bike that doesn't need them. The touring bike has disc brake compatible hubs, but no tabs. Check the brake forum. This topic has been beat to death.
 

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weight and riding style dependant

I'm 220# and like to ride fast, so disc is a neccesity for me. A lighter rider doing XC type riding with dialed in V-brakes (there some pretty good setups out there) will probably be fine....But once you ride disc, you won't go back unless your a real weight weenie.
 

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i like my v's, disc's defintally outperform them in just about every way possible but they remind me of how spoiled i am when i get on my full squish gearie.

That was one of my many reasons building a ss... to make myself htfu

pro's to discs: more consistent, longer lasting pads, easier to maintain, better power/feel, look sexy

pro's to v's, cheap, remind you of old times, encourage learning to build wheels from wearing through sidewalls of rims, they teach you their is more to a good ride than fancy equipment (and i am a complete gear whore with every bike but the singlespeed)
 

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If you live in dry country then good V-brakes are almost as good as disks and much lighter.

However if you have mud to contend with you'll discover that rims are consumables and V-brakes (or any rim brake) don't grip so well when lubricated by slurry.

Also if you ride in remote areas and buckle a rim slightly, you can still use your brakes if you have disk (or drum) brakes.
 

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Last year was my first year with discs. I put them on after this ride.


I didn't really care for them. Yes, being able to stop is a nice thing, but when ever they got wet the would squeal and drag. As soon as things thawed out a bit, I put the V's back on. It was like a breath of fresh air; I loved the light feel at the lever with fresh cables, and no drag or squeal.
Fast forward to Autumn: I put a suspension fork on my bike that is disc only, so go back to the discs, and now I love them. I'm over the fact that they are noisier, and just dig the power. Even put them on my back up bike.
I do like the feel and adjustability of my cable actuated BB7's more than my hydro Juicy 5's though.
If you live somewhere with a drier climate, V's are still a good option IMHO.
 

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I love the wide hub flanges you can get with a ss non-disc rear hub, and I don't like riding in mud, but I have a bike with discs for snow. Discs are way better in any kind of slop, and don't tend to ice-up unless you are getting hub deep in it.
 

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Cons: Vee/canti/linear brakes will eventually wear your rim side walls away
i keep hearing this, but i've never ever had pads wear out the side walls of my rims. never, ever. i figure if someone is doing this, they must be using their brakes waaayyyyy too much or they are using crappy rims.

i use v's. mostly cuz i just didn't see the need to spend the extra for them at the time i got my bike about 7 years ago. they work well enough, whether wet or muddy or dry. i've never had a problem with them not stopping me.

downside is that many sus. forks don't have posts for them anymore. they've fallen out of fashion. almost like the u-brake and rollercams before them.
 

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This has been beaten to death at the brake forum but it is nice to see specifically what SS riders are using. I'm on V's. The frame is an older Kona, no disc tabs but the Kona P2 fork has them. I might go with discs in the front sometime in the future. Water crossings + mud = screaming and slippery V brakes. I have to hold the brake down just enough to contact the rim while I ride to try and dry/clear up whatever is on it.
 

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My SS has cheap Shimano V's and my geary has BB5's. I'm actually in favor of V's. The V's stop as good as my disks, are easier to modulate, and I hardly ever have to adjust them. As for the disks, I have to make some adjustment to brakes every other ride. The only advantage to having disk for me is that it is a little easier to take the front wheel on and off and its better in the wet. If I ever build up a complete XC bike from scratch, it will have V's for sure.
 

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i keep hearing this, but i've never ever had pads wear out the side walls of my rims. never, ever. i figure if someone is doing this, they must be using their brakes waaayyyyy too much or they are using crappy rims...
How about a Shimano XT wheelset from new to paper thin in one 24 hour race? The rims weren't crappy, the conditions were. My thumbnail can dent the rim - it hangs on my Wall of Woe with all the other broken bits.

Brakes are there to be used. If you're not using your brakes then you're going too slow :thumbsup:

That's my racer hat speaking, actually I prefer to ride without using my brakes too. Don't know why, just feels right.
 

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I like V's just fine. Then again, it's dry where I live, other than snow. Lotsa rain and mud, I'd probably feel differently. V's are simpler, cheaper, lighter, less complicated...definitely in keeping with the whole spirit of SS'ing. Not to say those who go with discs are in any way less 'pure'. My next SS will probably have them, since my wife's already does.
 

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I like V's just fine. Then again, it's dry where I live, other than snow. Lotsa rain and mud, I'd probably feel differently. V's are simpler, cheaper, lighter, less complicated...definitely in keeping with the whole spirit of SS'ing. Not to say those who go with discs are in any way less 'pure'. My next SS will probably have them, since my wife's already does.
If I ever get a new brand spankin' bike, it will have the canti posts. I love the Avid Shorty brakes. So much better in design than the old school truff from the late 80's early 90's.
I live vees too, but the Avids rock it for me, like Def Leppard.
 
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