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What type of brakes is better, rim brakes or disk brakes?

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Don't forget to factor in your weight, riding style, type of bike, even the climate you'll mostly be riding in. If, for example, you ride in Canada in winter (or even Northern Europe in summer!) you might welcome the extra confidence the stopping power of discs can bring. For me the slight weight penalty is a price well worth paying for the predictability and reassurance in harsh conditions. For whippets on carbon fiber ultra lightweight racing machines or even general cyclists on hybrids etc, disc brakes make very little sense, and global travellers and cycle tourists, who might find themselves in remote parts of the world where spares are hard to come by, tend to favour cantilever brakes. Really, it's horses for courses and only you can decide what is most appropriate for your intended use.

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Depends on the type of bicycle you have. Disk brakes come as standard on mtn bikes these days. The best are hydraulic actuated. The others use cable. Disk brakes are powerful and are the leading cause of people going over the handlebars because they don't use them with the rear brakes properly. Road bikes have rim brakes, some better than others. The best bikes and rim brakes are almost as good as disk brakes. Disks are being developed for road bikes but have struck some problems. Not the least being weight and increased torque twisting the wheels. As with any type of brake, the performance is more a factor of maintenance than anything else.

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In general: for nuances and more consistent powerful brake throughout all conditions, you should prefer disk brakes. However you may want to know that they are a little heavier than the rim brakes. If you prefer lower price and lighter set, however you are willing to compromise a little on performance, go with the rim brakes.

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