reohn2 wrote:I can't speak for hydraulic discs,but the Avid BB7's provide far better braking in all conditions than any other type of brake I've used,and are an absolute doddle set up and maintain which is minimal, and by far easier and less trouble than rim brakes.
Have you used Dura Ace 7800/7900/9000 calipers?
I had 7800's with Kool-Stop "salmon" pads and they were more powerful than my BB7's are now.
On the 7800's I could risk entering corners faster (not even racing, it is an instinct you acquire when using those brakes!) but on the BB7's I wouldn't dare ride like I used to on those Dura Ace calipers.
Maybe its the stock pads I got with the BB7's and there's softer pads out there but I would rather get more life out of them, they are powerful enough, but not like the 7800's were.
There's too many variables but I would stick to discs now, I am sure a good hydraulic disc brake beats the best rim brakes, but then you're stuck with hydraulic and the chance of it leaking.
You can't have it all.
You can have powerful brakes and a risk it might leak (hydraulic disc).
You can have powerful brakes and brake pads wearing out your rims (high end road calipers).
You can have reasonably powerful brakes that don't wear rims out and won't leak (mechanical disc where it has to be the BB7 because nothing else compares).
All I care about is wearing out expensive parts (like decent rims that are going to be £50 a pop to replace when that eventually happens) and it working properly all the time. With both rim brakes and hydraulic disc brakes you have those problems of rim wear and it leaking... so to me only mechanical disc makes sense for long term usage and ease of use.