Alan B wrote:Finally got the plumbing done.
I take it by these suggestions that the stock brakes are a bit weak. That's my impression so far, but I haven't done any big descents yet with mine. Are they up to it? Or do I need to upgrade first??
The bikeE steerer tube may be 1-1/4", isn't it?
How do the drums compare to disc?
Since it is a steel fork I suppose a disc mount could be welded on.
The Shimano XTR V Brakes I put on my Mountain bike are pretty nice. Not sure if they would fit on the bikeE, but they might.
The drum brakes are allegedly very close in braking power to discs, especially those 90mm S-A hubs. Also, they are all weather and basically maintenance free for about 10k miles.
I tried an XTR V brake on the front and had clearance issues.
I have used the brakes coming down steep descents, they do okay, but they don't inspire confidence!
One of the issues though is you don't want too much braking up front on one of these because of how the weight is distributed. Very light in the front, so too much brake and you can lock up the front.
I think a big disc up front is probably overkill. I would really love to try the hydro rim brakes. I've been keeping an eye out for a used set for cheap, but no luck yet.