Which Is Best? Mechanical or Hydraulic Disc Brakes On Touring and Bikepacking Bikes
Mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes? It’s still a hotly-contested competition in the touring and bikepacking world.
While hydraulic brakes now dominate most bike categories of cycling, the criteria is a little different for bike travellers, as reliability and simplicity play a much larger role. Do you use the more complex but higher-performing hydraulic brakes? Or the more simple mechanical system that doesn’t quite perform as well?
I’m starting to get a LOT of inquiries about disc brakes as my most recent resource on touring bike brakes was written way back in 2011 (oops!), so let’s work out what is better in 2020.
In A Nutshell: Mechanical vs Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Mechanical Disc Brakes: Easier to maintain yourself, but require more maintenance generally Powerful enough for most touring applications More of an on/off brake feel Very unlikely to fail in remote areas Typically cheaper, although not so much these days Hydraulic .... Continue Reading at Cycling About