The disc brake - Best braking performance in any weather!
Your eyes follow the trail, which meanders wonderfully into the valley with wide curves! Good to know that you can fully trust your bike brakes! If you expect maximum braking power, regardless of the weather and external influences, you will not get past a disc brake! Not only the downhiller has appreciated the benefits of a disc brake for many years, but also the crosscountry rider, cross biker and touring rider. Loaded with heavy luggage, steep or long runs are a particular challenge for the driver and the brakes. One reason why touring bicycles are already equipped with disc brakes more often at the factory. In addition to the high braking performance, the brakes are very convincing with their excellent metering and braking performance. The heat development of the brake discs is kept as low as possible by means of cooling fins, so as to always allow optimal braking performance
Mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes for the bicycle
A hydraulic disc brake for the bicycle is operated with mineral oil or with DOT brake fluid. These systems can withstand even the most extreme conditions and thus represent the optimum of a bicycle brake. The mechanical disc brakes are very convincing in addition to a very good braking performance with the simplest maintenance and care, as here "only" a cable is used instead of oil.
With the size of the brake disc, you can significantly influence the braking performance. For light XC bikes mostly 160 mm and for Enduro's 180 mm brake discs are used. For downhill and freeride bikes, brake discs with a diameter of 200 mm are used because of the higher load. Please note that the use of a larger brake disc must be approved by the manufacturer of the fork and you need the appropriate adapter to mount your brake calipers.
In our shop you will find not only complete brake kits, but also accessories such as adapters, vent kits, special screws or brake pads for disc brake.
DOT or mineral oil is used on most hydraulic disc brakes to transfer power from the brake lever to the brake pistons. These brake fluids have the following differences:
DOT has three different versions DOT3, DOT4 and DOT5. They consist of two different bases. While DOT5 uses silicone oil, the basis of DOT3, DOT4 and DOT5.1 is glycol ether. Here the difference lies above all in the boiling point and the viscosity. Since DOT can mix with water, it has a much higher boiling point than mineral oil. In contrast, mineral does not mix with water, which means that it starts to boil in the brake pipe from 100 ° C and the so-called fading increases. This means the brake has a pressure point loss and the risk increases. The disadvantage of mineral oil is equal to the advantage. Since it does not mix with water, the quality remains constant. DOT, however, should be replaced once a year to ensure optimum braking performance. ,