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Disc Brakes

Disc brakes are one of the most powerful bike brake types on the marketplace and first choice for mountain bikes since control over the bike in extreme conditions is utmost as well as for casual non-competitive cycling and many new hybrid and commuter bikes. Check out our offers and find your new disc brakes here.

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Why disc brakes?

Disc brakes have undisputed breaking power advantage over the rim brakes, drum brakes and coaster brakes. They have been overtaking the cycling world through and through, despite a couple of drawbacks. But let’s take a closer look at them one point at the time:
  • Stopping power – they are powerful enough to bring a mountain bike hurdling downhill to a halt. That is one of the reasons why they firstly became popular with the mountain bikes and gravel bikes, but the road bike cyclists have started favoring them over the rim brakes too.
  • Wet and muddy conditions are no obstacle – they are not any worse in wet conditions, while rim brakes then lose quite a lot of the breaking power.
  • They are heavier - and that would be their main, maybe the only drawback. Disc brake can add up to a pound of weight compared to rim brakes, which for racing bikes is a significant fact to ponder on. For the others the advantages of the disc brakes far outweigh their weight.
Size of the rotor is actually directly influenced by the type of riding and what is expected from the brakes. So, for the road bikes the compromise is found in the smallest size of rotor 140-160mm, so that they can enjoy the power of disc brakes, but they keep their size at minimum and their weight, which after all is not at the expense of the performance, since the road bike is lighter than the others and they ride on the smooth surfaces. For mountain bikes they are larger 160-200mm, last one being fitted on downhill bikes. They need to be larger, mountain bikes are heavier, terrain is rough, riding style is tough and the larger area is good for quicker cooling off.

Types of disc brakes

Disc brakes can be mechanical or hydraulic.
  • Mechanical disc brakes – work with cables, just like traditional rim brakes. They are cheaper to buy and easily taken care of at home.
  • Hydraulic brakes – work with sealed tubes filled with hydraulic fluid. They ae more expensive, but are becoming more and more popular because they are very reliable, so less maintenance is needed and the breaking is more responsive.

Disc brake pads

There are two types of disc brake pads:
  • Resin or organic brake pad that are made from organic materials like rubber, glass. They give better sense of bite and are quieter, but they wear out quicker, especially in muddy conditions.
  • Sintered or metallic disc brake pads are made of metallic grains bonded under high pressure. They are more resilient in wet and muddy conditions, and so are recommended for use in mountain bikes
It is easy to clean your disc pads and the rotor. After detaching the parts, clean them thoroughly with a soft cloth and some isopropyl alcohol. Make sure they are all absolutely dry before reassembling the disc brake.

Take a look at our offer

At Velo Deals you will find the best deals on various disc brakes for all types of bicycles. If you have any questions in regards to purchasing your brand-new disc brake, feel free to contact us and we will be more than ready to assist you!