For enough riding fun, you not only need a fast bike, but also good brakes, because you can only get the best performance out of your bike with precisely adjustable brakes. Most city, cross, racing and trekking bikes use rim brakes. These are distinguished in different designs:
Side pull brake (racing bike brake)
In this design, both brake arms are mounted centrally above the wheel pincer-like. The actuating arms are arranged on one side and are operated by a so-called Bowden cable. Due to the long lever arms, the side-pull brake requires more hand force to release the brake.
The mid-pull brake was used until the 90s on almost all sports and racing bikes. In this design, two short brake arms are arranged on a separate carrier plate. The shorter arms bring much higher braking power compared to the lighter side-pull brake.
The cantilever brakes are also operated with a cable, but hardly ever occur on today's bicycles. Until about 20 years ago, however, this type of brake was found on many bicycles.
The V-brakes are still widely used today and are mainly installed on city, touring and children's bikes. Two brake arms are attached to the fork legs and brake pads are pressed onto the rim flanks by means of a cable. This variant of rim brakes is adjustable for the layman and so, for example, the brake pad change can be done on your own.
Hydraulic brakes such as the Magura HS 33 basically work like a normal V-brake rim brake, but there is oil in the brake lines and no cable. This type of rim brake features extremely high braking power and weather independence.
Whatever brake system you need for your bike, you will find it in our online shop. We have rim brakes for every bike ready for you