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Disc Brake Basics

Disc brakes became all but standard equipment on mountain bikes a decade ago, and as time has gone on have become more and more prevalent on city bikes. What once was an esoteric piece of equipment that only the most informed or well-to-do had on their bikes, disc brakes have trickled down to the entry-level price range in some cases, and for good reason. Besides the greater stopping power offered as compared to rim brakes, discs work consistently no matter the weather conditions, are less prone to contamination from road grit, and aren’t affected by an out of true rim from missing one too many curb hops.

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