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I wrote this in a different thread but copy it here for posterity. Disk vs rim brakes is, I've found, a contentious topic. This is just my take on it, opinions will obviously vary:

Pros of disc brakes:
o Strong action
o Less affected by mud and water
o Unaffected by warped rims
o Pads last a long time
o No rim wear and tear
o No heated rims or tire blowouts on long descents
o Disc-specific rims can be slightly stronger
o They look cool, let's admit it!

Cons of disc brakes:
o Put more stress on spokes
o You need a dished wheel, even in front
o More beefy forks required, since stress is put on one side
o Some risk of pulling front wheel out of the dropout due to torsional stress
o Weaker rear wheel, since more dished both sides
o Can complicate rack attachment due to position of disk housings in relation to rack mount points
o Complicates rear kickstand mounting, same reason
o Less standard worldwide, more likely to need FedEx to deliver
o Pads become useless if you get oil on them
o Disc rotor is smaller than rims, so heats up more quickly
o On long descents, red hot rotor can heat up hub (bad for bearings)
o Disc rotor can still become damaged in transit, harder to replace
o Disc brakes often need re-adjustment and often squeal for no apparent reason

Pros of rim brakes:
o Simple, standard system
o Properly adjusted, can stop any bike
o Cheap replacement blocks
o Better mechanical advantage using rim
o No dishing of front wheel necessary
o Less stress on spokes
o Less wheel dishing = stronger wheels
o Less torque stress on front fork
o No tendency to pull front wheel out of dropouts
o Don't interfere with rack attachment
o Don't interfere with rear kickstand mount
o They let you know when your rim needs truing
o No risk of heating up your hubs on long descents

Cons of rim brakes:
o Wear and tear on rims
o Risk tire blowout from heating up rims on long descents
o Affected by water and mud
o Not always as strong as disc
o Don't look as cool

Summary: They both work, they just have different strengths and weaknesses. Pick your poison according to what aspects matter most to you.

I have also had problems with rims heating up on steep downhills. Here's the thread I posted on it, with some interesting discussion of the issue:


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