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Disc-Brake Maintenance?(3 posts)

Disc-Brake Maintenance?timfire
Apr 18, 2003 10:37 PM
I'm considsering switching my front brake to a disc. But what I was wondering about was maintenance. Are disc fairly maintenance free, or do they require constant attention? When riding in the dirt, do they get dirty & need to be cleaned?

What I'm interested in is the consistancy of discs in varying conditions, but I don't know that I want to simply trade consistancy for higher maintenance.

re: Disc-Brake Maintenance?Dan Cas
Apr 19, 2003 4:51 AM
I've had them on my mtb for a couple of years and I would say they are maintenance free.I only mtb in the winter,so they see nothing but mud,slush,ice,etc and they make bike cleanup much easier.

I recently bought a road set for my cross bike along with a dimension fork and they work great.However,since I have 6 rim brake wheelsets and only one disc set,I'm probably going back to rim brakes because I dont want to build a bunch mire wheels.If you want a bargain on this stuff,shoot me an a0maik at

you'll be fine!Steve_O
Apr 20, 2003 6:09 PM
Disks brakes are pretty idiot-proof. I've been running Avid Mechanicals for 2 years on my MTB and absolutely love them. Recently I went to an gathering at the Berryman Trail in MO. Two days and 30+ miles of muddy, wet MTB'ing and the disks worked perfectly. No forearm pump or brake fade like traditional V brakes. I almost felt sorry for the guys with rim brakes on the trip...

As for cross applications I think disks would be great. My only concern would be to make sure you get a fork with vertical dropouts or lawyer tabs. Take a look at this thread...