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Disc Brakes on touring bike?(6 posts)

Disc Brakes on touring bike?stinkfoot247
May 12, 2003 7:37 PM
What are your opinions on putting disc brakes on a touring bike. I read something about someone else doing it a while ago, and it seemed a good idea with rain and weight in mind. I saw Vanilla bikes can come with a disc brake mounts on their frames. So opionions pleaze.
Sounds like a perfect use to me...peter1
May 12, 2003 7:44 PM
Since on a tourer you'd be riding in the rain, with a load, nothing like dry, reliable brakes. I'd go for mechanical rather than hydraulic for reliability. Just carry some extra pads with you...I wonder how beefy the front fork would have to be? Most mtbs with discs have front shocks with thick stanchions.
NO lack of reliability w/ hydraulic brakes...HAL9010
May 13, 2003 9:44 AM
This is certainly true with Magura. Magura also makes a hydraulic rim brake which gives you all the power advantages of hydraulic but will fit a bike without disc tabs on the fork or stay. See the Magura USA site: or the parent Co. site(in Germany, in english):

There is NO leak problem with Magura hydraulic lines. The Hydraulic line will last far longer than the cable on an Avid. Not that there is anything "wrong" with Avid disc brakes. Maguras are install and forget, self adjusting and trouble free. If you go with a disc, the pads will last far longer than std. rim pads(Magura rim brake pads are very long lived too).

The Magura rim brakes have levers that will fit road diameter bars. The disc brakes on the other hand have levers that fit only Mtn. diameter bars. This is true for all makers of hydraulic disc brakes(for bicycles). So what type of bars will you/ do you want to have on your Tourer?

Also check out this users group that has links to Hayes and Avid; Magura Cult Homepage: .

re: Disc Brakes on touring bike?big fred
May 12, 2003 8:55 PM
I love 'em on my touring/cross rig. The ones on Vanilla bikes are all custom but worth it.

Avid makes a short pull mechanical disc specifically made for road levers, and let me tell you after my first panic stop, they work great!

Where did you get them fendersstinkfoot247
May 13, 2003 10:11 AM
I love the fenders. Thanks for info too. How is your vanilla bike, they seem a little pricy to me for steel, but I like their polished lugs and the disc brake mountings.
Rivercity bicycles in Portland ORalansutton
May 13, 2003 3:48 PM
Dave makes them.