Angstrom wrote:I don't think the discussion about discs is about how good they are. Wether hydros or cable actuated, consensus and feedback is plentiful to say that, in general, they're "better" than rim brakes.
But the OP's question was whether to choose between cable or hydo discs
The question being asked to each of us (for which there isn't a good or bad answer):
"Are the advantages worth :
a) the cost
b) the possible increased difficulty to solve a problem on the road (and decide the likelyhood in one's particular case)
c) the risk, although statistically very limited and which happens in well identified situations in which proper handling can prevent it?"
Different people, different answer.
It wasn't the question but go on then I'll play.
In answer to:-
a)If by 'cost' you mean over and above rim brakes.If you want consistently good braking in all weathers,don't want rim wear,a grey sludge covered bike and londer lasting brake pads,discs are worth the extra cost.Some may complain that a disc equiped bike needs a harsher riding fork,touring bikes that'll take a front rack and load already have a harsher riding fork.
b)there is more difficulty repairing discs roadside,but then you have weigh up how often they're likely to need repairing.My cable discs of choice can be stripped and repaired(with a service kit which needs to be carried and weighs no more than 50 to 100g)roadside in approx 30 to 45minutes.
There are many,many experienced expedition touring cyclists on heavy laden bikes in far flung places using discs,both hydro and cable.
I strongly suspect it's because they find them a better braking system for that kind of touring.
I don't quite understand c),could elaborate?