reohn2 wrote:Angstrom wrote:I'm surprised no-one mentioned the cable actuated hydraulic disk brakes. I don't own any, but from what I've read, they seem to be "best of both worlds".
If I'd be onto getting a new bike/build, that's what I'd lean towards.
Why not just cable discs?
From what I've read (no personal experience), the big improvement of disk brakes over rim brakes (other than braking in wet conditions) can be
better found on hydro brakes compared to mechanical disk brakes: smoothness, possibility to have the desired braking power with less force on the levers. Also, I've read that cable (mechanical) disk brakes have only one moving pad (the other pad being fixed )and this makes fine-tuning the brakes harder. Hydros have 2 moving pads hence a greater distance from the disk in the rest position.
The stated advantages of cable (mechanical) disk brakes are that it costs less: in many cases, the brifters can remain the same. In case of a fall, replacement hydro brifters are harder to find and cost more.
Now come the cable-actuated hydraulic brakes. They are stated to provide the best of both worlds:
- simplicity, lower cost and versatility of brifters + cables
- modularity, low effort, easier to fine tune, low maintenance of hydros
It wasn't the initial question, I agree, but I think it does bring an interesting complement to that question (or to the answers, rather).
I'm sure this subject can be easily searched and found on the web with articles from people who have first hand experience, unlike myself.