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Old 10-06-2009, 05:03 AM   #12406
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Damn, I'm looking for a (cheap but good) bike for my gf, she's 5'8" long legs but I think that's still too tall a bike for her...
Yeah, I thought of you, actually, but it's definitely too big.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:29 AM   #12407
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Really ? Surely if you have enough braking power to lock the wheels up, you pretty much have all you need
The more effort you are putting into braking, the less effort you can put into steering/ bunny hopping the bike. i cold lock the wheels up on my 1988 Schwinn with U-brakes but the brakes were so weak that at the end of a down hill I would start to get arm pump. When I had arm pump it would be harder to control the bike.
Now if I only have to use one finger to control the speed of the bike, I have a lot more energy left over to throw the bike into corners and hop logs with.

Old cars and motorcycles could lock up the wheels with drum brakes, but why do they all have discs now?
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:31 AM   #12408
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The more effort you are putting into braking, the less effort you can put into steering/ bunny hopping the bike. i cold lock the wheels up on my 1988 Schwinn with U-brakes but the brakes were so weak that at the end of a down hill I would start to get arm pump. When I had arm pump it would be harder to control the bike.
Now if I only have to use one finger to control the speed of the bike, I have a lot more energy left over to throw the bike into corners and hop logs with.

Old cars and motorcycles could lock up the wheels with drum brakes, but why do they all have discs now?
OK, that makes sense about having more control/less arm pump.

As for drum V disk brakes on cars, one word: Heat
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:23 AM   #12409
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As for drum V disk brakes on cars, one word: Heat
That's actually an issue on bicycle brakes, too. An extended downhill with rim brakes can get the rims hot enough to blow a tire. And downhilling MTBers often deal with brake fade even with discs.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:35 AM   #12410
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Cantis?
Vs?
Disks?

Discuss:
For what style bike?

Mtn? Hydro discs are hard to beat. Vs (linears) if you're a weight-weenie or riding a lightweight singlespeed.

Road? Normal calipers work fine.

'Cross? Cantis. Calipers don't have enough mud clearance. Vs don't work well with brifters (wrong cable pull). And discs aren't euro enough - none of us are ever going to beat Jonathan Page or Niels Albert - best we can do is look good trying.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:43 AM   #12411
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That's actually an issue on bicycle brakes, too. An extended downhill with rim brakes can get the rims hot enough to blow a tire. And downhilling MTBers often deal with brake fade even with discs.
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:15 PM   #12412
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offroad? disks only! My favourite brand is Hope for hydraulics, these are my latest pair:

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Old 10-06-2009, 10:20 PM   #12413
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I had those rims built up on a set of original Chorus hubs: the rims were nice and wide, had a nice ride, but were soft and did not last long at all. The rear lasted maybe a few thousand miles before it self destructed. Pro built, I might add. Also, those Mavic cassette hubs put quite a bit of dish in the wheel, the left flange is way far over, more than the same era Campy and way more than Dura Ace. Might be a pretty set of wheels, but not for long. I love the old stuff, btw, not dissing your choices, just some input on stuff I have experience with.

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I have a triplet of Campy Omega XL clinchers I'm gonna lace into a pair of NOS Mavic 571/2 hubs



Similar to these:

Laced into:


Gonna be a Niiiiiice riding wheelset! The Omega XLs are most similar to Mavic's MA40, just a little wider and a little shallower. Mmmmmm comfy!

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Old 10-06-2009, 10:42 PM   #12414
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I had those rims built up on a set of original Chorus hubs: the rims were nice and wide, had a nice ride, but were soft and did not last long at all. The rear lasted maybe a few thousand miles before it self destructed. Pro built, I might add. Also, those Mavic cassette hubs put quite a bit of dish in the wheel, the left flange is way far over, more than the same era Campy and way more than Dura Ace. Might be a pretty set of wheels, but not for long. I love the old stuff, btw, not dissing your choices, just some input on stuff I have experience with.
No worries. They self-destruct, I'll relace some other rims on to the hubs.

I have some Reflex Ceramics on a pair of 571/2s now... They stay round and true, so I'm hoping the Campy rims do too.

I rode a pair of these on a buddy's bike 'way back when' and liked the way they rode, so I tracked em down.

Worst case, I make em into a 'Sunday ride the classic steel bike' set of wheels.

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Old 10-07-2009, 05:12 AM   #12415
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on a trail around the corner from my house



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Old 10-07-2009, 09:19 AM   #12416
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Do you old guys know that Binda's are now $50+ a pair!

just got some NOS from Holland.
Bay area, huh?

I know people up there...



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Old 10-07-2009, 03:19 PM   #12417
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on a trail around the corner from my house



Looks familiar... anywhere near Mt Coot-tha by any chance? I used to live in Toowong and would ride many of the trails in the network of park lands all around there.

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Old 10-07-2009, 05:48 PM   #12418
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:17 AM   #12419
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Looks familiar... anywhere near Mt Coot-tha by any chance? I used to live in Toowong and would ride many of the trails in the network of park lands all around there.

not too far, i rode at gap creek for the first time on the weekend just gone, i'm new to brisbane but it was awesome. my pics were taken at bunya, just off dugandan rd.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:21 PM   #12420
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offroad? disks only! My favourite brand is Hope for hydraulics, these are my latest pair:

Those are great brakes. I have the mono mini pro version (the ones with the carbon levers and titanium hardware). I haven't touched them in 2 years...bolt and go. They work perfectly with xtr centerlock rotors btw.
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