DISC BRAKES VS V-BRAKES

2021-10-14 21:55
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When riding a bicycle, we usually have several types of brakes, you can choose, the main one is V brake and disc brake, then they have what advantages and disadvantages, the following to explain to you.


Advantages of Disc Brakes:

  • They are unaffected by weather extremities like rain and snow.

  • Disc Brakes do not damage the rims of the tires.

  • They are easy to install and configure.

  • Removing the tires off of bikes with disc brakes is relatively easier.

  • The conditions of the rims (wet, dry etc) does not affect the brakes and braking performance.   

Disadvantages of Disc Brakes:

  • Given their structure, disc brakes tend to be heavier than rim brakes.   Disc Brakes tend to be expensive.

  • The fork of the bicycle needs to be disc brake compatible.

  • Disc Brakes can complicate the mounting of a rear kick stand.

  • Disc Brakes can add stress on the spokes of the wheel.   

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Advantages of V-Brakes:

  • V-Brakes are a lot less expensive than disc brakes.

  • They are easy to maintain and replace, even on the go.

  • V-Brakes add no strain on the hubs or spokes.

  • They do not hinder the mounting of a rear kick stand.

  • Spare brake shoes and braking components are easily available in the market.   

Disadvantages of V-Brakes:

  • Can cause wear on the rims.

  • The braking performance is affected by water and mud.

  • The brake shoes need to be regularly replaced.     


In conclusion, Disc Brakes and V-Brakes have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages.

While there is no obvious indicator that one kind of braking mechanism is superior to the other, the notion that there is exists. So you should really be thinking of what you're willing to compromise on and what you think is priority. In the end, it is really a personal preference and priorities that should be considered when making a decision regarding the kind of braking mechanism required for your bicycle.