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Old 06-16-2011, 01:44 AM   #773
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Originally Posted by LowDog View Post
I guess you never rode in rain/mud with normal v brakes before, otherwise you would recommend disc brakes to everyone and their moms.
Hehe, I have indeed ridden with cantilever brakes in all weather conditions except snow. They are definitely worse in that case, but at least they aren't annoying and squeal like disk brakes in the wet.

I think a big benefit of disk brakes is that the pad adjustment doesn't change if you dent your rim. The power and modulation really depends on the type of brake. I've used some hayes that were equal or worse than the cantilever brakes with some nice koolstop pads. Then again I've used some Avid Elixirs that blow everything out of the water.

Either way, I was speaking more to the suspension matter. A nice rigid or hardtail (maybe 29er, but I've never ridden one so I can't suggest it) with disk brakes would be a lot better than a crappy full suspension bike. Once the beginner finds out their limits and what kind of riding they want to pursue, they can buy a better bike for that type of riding. Personally I went from a rigid mountain bike to another, larger rigid mountain bike, to s 8.5" travel downhill bike which was overkill, and then to a 6" travel all mountain bike.

Look at that subtle jet-black coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a 6mt.
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