Disc or shoe brakes. Purchase guide and opinion.
When buying a road bike, many cyclists are trembling when it comes to choosing the brake system. The disc brakes They are fashionable and it seems that if you are seriously assessing the option of renewing your old bicycle all commercial catalogs push you towards the purchase of this system.
"Shoe brakes are a thing of the past," "the disc brakes better," "all this is a sales strategy," "the disc brake is better than the shoe”… .. you have probably heard opinions of all kinds in reference to this topic. Everyone is able to talk and most cyclists, for some reason I don't know, feel especially comfortable when it comes to giving free advice to the teammates.
Let those who are not going to scratch their pockets sing and completely forget everything that has reached your ears so far.
The team of the Broker's Exchange are decisive people and for this reason we have prepared a buying guide with the pros, cons and an informed opinion about the disc brake and shoe brake. As you can see, neither the disc brake is the panacea that some claim to have found nor the brake shoe is doomed to removal.
Truths and lies about the disc brake
It is time to put in check and in question everything that is said in the stores and cycling clubs. He has to speak loudly and clearly about this move that so many discrepancies are generating between the community of the two wheels. For this, nothing better than affirming or denying some myths that run through the networks at the rhythm of vertigo.
-The disc brake is better: To affirm that the disc brake is always better than the shoe brake is somewhat daring. The braking quality is better and with the wet road there is no color compared to a conventional bicycle. However, affirming all this strongly can be far fetched since the brake shoe retains important attributes that still appear as a competitive advantage. Weight or price are a good example of this. In a global assessment it may be true that the album is benefited, but we cannot affirm this without adding important nuances to the argument.
-The disc brake is more expensive: Flatly yes. At the same product quality the disc brakes are more expensive than those of pad or shoe. Taking a look at the Shimano catalog is more than enough to realize that a disc brake set comes out much more expensive than one with brake bridges. The difference in price is getting smaller and the manufacturers seem to be making real efforts to offer competitive prices that justify this new system beyond a strictly commercial issue.
-The disks are dangerous: The arrival at the professional squad caused great controversy because of the associated risk involved in the use of disc brakes. Physically it is an element that can be sharp in the event of a fall, but I think this should not be a variable that can condition our choice. The falls are already dangerous so it is not advisable to think beyond. I assure you that if you see yourself immersed in a montonera what will less worry you will be the disc brakes.
-The disc brake is heavier: Riding a bicycle with disc brakes obviously results in an increase in weight on the bicycle. If you are one of those who are obsessed with the power to weight ratio, it is best to mount a system with conventional brake bridges. The shoe weighs less than the disc and it is easier to get a light bike.
-With rain the shoe does not brake: All cyclists have lived the disastrous experience of having to roll in the rain. The wet asphalt is a true skating rink and the shoe brake costs a lot to stop the bicycle. If you have to draw wet curves there is no doubt that the disc brake is infinitely better.
-The disk lasts less: People say the disk needs more maintenance. This may be true at the adjustment level but I assure you that as far as durability is concerned, conventional brake pads last less than those of discs. If you go out to roll in the wet the disc does not spend even half of what some brake bridges do.
-The disc is more rigid: To say that the disc makes the bicycle more rigid is absolute nonsense. What makes the bicycle more rigid are the through axles. A system that incorporates virtually all bicycles with disc brakes and that is of great benefit to the cyclist's performance.
Disc or shoe brake Which is better, and why?
It is true that the disc brake has unquestionable advantages. In objective terms braking quality is much better. It is easier to reduce the speed and less time is required to stop the bicycle.
In addition, in adverse weather conditions the disc keeps its performance intact. Tire brakes tend to present serious problems when the road is wet and for countries where it usually rains the disc brake may be more advisable. If you live in a dry and sunny climate I don't see the need to pay the price difference.
Precisely at this last point comes another important issue for the conclusion. The disc brake is more expensive and in my opinion, its purchase will only be justified when the components are not altered.
By this I mean that I do not see much sense to buy a bicycle with disc brakes if this means having to give up a better group or wheels with better performance for a matter of budget. My recommendation is that you begin to seriously value the purchase of the discs if your budget is more than 2500-3000 euros. For a lower price range it is best that you focus on the components and accessories of the bicycle.
Brands are increasingly offering more competitive prices but the difference in price remains significant and therefore should be considered as a variable to be taken into account.
Another issue that is clearly favorable to disc brakes is the rigidity. For me this is the great technological breakthrough and the great attraction of the disc. The thru axles give an extra stiffness point to the bicycle and at the level of power transmission and use of forces the disc bikes are still two points above. Hence the best sprinters in the world have been using for some years Aero bikes with disc brakes.
As for the weight everything will depend on the use that you are going to give to the bicycle. If you are a cyclist who does not care about brands and who enjoys cycling in a non-competitive way, disc brakes are a great investment. On the other hand, if you are a cyclist who competes or has in mind the achievement of certain objectives and does not have a very large budget, it may be that the brake shoes are the best choice. In addition to a good amount of money, you will save a few extra grams that always come in handy when the road itches up.
Finally, only the aesthetic issue remains to be assessed. The designs with disc brake are more and more worked and the aerodynamic bicycles with disc are a real visual pleasure. Aesthetics is also relative. If you like fine, elegant and climber-profile bicycles, the disc may not be suitable, but if you are looking for an aggressive, eye-catching and rodent mount, do not think about it any more and head towards this system.
And you ... are you more disc brake or conventional system? Send us your opinion through the comments.