Mountain Bike Brakes
After the Mountain Bike Frame
, the Mountain Bike Brakes are probably the next most essential pieces in your bike. When it comes to the braking system, the first thing you can think of is that its primary purpose is to stop the bike. However, it is important to know that brakes have other tasks, too. Aside from stopping the Mountain Bike when necessary, the Mountain Bike Brakes also help in re-directing your bike and maintaining balance.
Types of Mountain Bike Brakes
- Disc Brakes
The Disc Brake system is considered as the most efficient since the braking performance is not hindered by water or mud. Disc Brakes perform well under any condition since these are located in the middle of the wheel. These remain dry even when biking on a wet trail. However, Disc Brakes tend to be heavier and more expensive.
- Rim Brakes
The Rim Brake system is lightweight, inexpensive, and offers good braking performance, as long as the rims are kept in good condition. Rim Brakes do not work well on wet or muddy roads.
- V- brakes
Mountain Bike Brake systems have come a long way from coaster brakes. Nowadays, linear pull-type brakes or V-brakes are standard in all ranges of Mountain Bikes. First used in 1992, V-brakes are lightweight, easy to install, and inexpensive. However, V-brakes are not very suitable when biking on wet roads. The cables will be prone to rust, unless these are greased on a regular basis.
The type of brakes to use really depends on your preference. If money and additional weight do not really matter as long as there is consistent braking power in all conditions, go for Disc Brakes. If you are not a fan of riding on wet or muddy roads and you prefer lightweight and inexpensive brakes, use Rim Brakes. There are other types of Mountain Bike Brakes which are more specialized to meet the demands of different riders.
Learning how to use the Mountain Bike Brakes properly is very crucial in Mountain Biking. Timing is of the essence when braking. Please visit our How to Use your Brakes
for more information.