Disc Brakes –v- V Brakes

So is this news or old news?

With Canyon, Giant and Merida all set to launch new road bikes with disc brakes in time for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix we discuss the merits or otherwise of disc brakes on your road bike.

It was only in the middle part of last year that Professional Road Teams received the green light to test disc brakes in competition. It seems that we are going to see more and more pro riders this year sporting discs on their road bikes.

So do you need disc brakes on your Sunday ride or commute?

Well let’s start by looking at the advantages of disc brakes.

The first advantage is the power that the brakes provide to stop you, especially if they are hydraulic. Well if you have a good set of rim brakes and they are set-up correctly we would say that they will stop you just as well. The only proviso would be if you are carrying a lot of weight be that personally or luggage!

One thing that disc brakes do certainly have an advantage over V brakes is modulation. Not heard about much in the coffee shop chatter as this is more a mountain bike term and is certainly more important to a mountain biker than a Sunday rider of commuter on the road. So, really not that important to you.

Finally perhaps something that might be a benefit and that is all weather durability. With wet weather fairly much a guarantee in England especially winter months then disc brakes are certainly a benefit as V brakes are severely affected by wet weather.

So overall we would say stick with your rim and calliper system. The disc brake is heavier, more complicated for you to maintain or repair on a ride, especially hydraulic, and you will need a new bike compatible for the fitment of disc brakes. If you have more than one set of wheels then you can wave goodbye to them as well! Finally the cost of disc brakes is much higher than calliper brakes.

Mention this article when bringing in your bike for any work and we will service your V Brakes for free! Parts extra.

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