Hi Guys, I'm new to this forum but not to cycling. Just to get things warmed up, here's my first post:
Lately, there's a lot of discussions surrounding brakes. Sure, one of the most important aspects of a cycle but how much mojo are we willing to give for a good pair? and which pair?
I've ridden (a lot!) V-braked bikes and disc'd versions and here's my two cents - discs, though a little expensive and heavy, are light years ahead in performance and durability. Not to mention the response time during the monsoons/wet conditions inclusive.
Absolutely Tapesh. Moreover, with the approaching monsoons, I don't really trust the V-brakes anymore!
On tarmac, V brakes will stop you just as effectively as discs. Period. If race bikes can stop effectively using dual-pivot brakes or even canti brakes, you can be pretty sure that your mountain bike will stop just as quickly with V-brakes.
You do NOT need disc brakes on the road, rains or no rains. And I say this having a pair of pretty high-end Hope Tech X2 disc brakes on my MTB. Those come handy on steep trails - on tarmac, I have never missed them. Hell, I just rode Manali-Leh on a road bike with canti brakes and never had a problem with stopping.
At the speeds that most people here ride their MTBs on tarmac, and given that most people here dont have $500 hydraulics on their bikes, this is a very theoretical discussion.
In reality and given the riding that most people here do, a V-brake has the same real world stopping power as discs, period.
It is quite funny that people are convinced that disc brakes are the be-all/end-all for their MTBs which are ridden at around 20-25kph, whereas roadies who ride at 30-40kph get by just fine with rim brakes.
If you cannot stop safely with V-brakes while riding in the city, you dont know how to brake.