I'm planning on buying a new trek 520 touring bike this week. I have the option between disk brakes and rim brakes.
What would you recommend? +k for good advice.
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SFBis this a troll thread? seriously op?
snappedDisc all the way, the weight is about the same and you get a lot more power and reliability out of discs.
True it is a bit more difficult when you have to change the pads but if it is for a touring bike it wont be very often, maybe once a year(depending on use).
MACAQUERim breaks CAN provide more power than disks. It's just physics. They exert more torque for the same frictional force. Hydraulic rim brakes are used on trials bikes for this reason: they can stop and hold you on a fucking dime. That being said, for 99.9% of riding applications, go with discs. If you're going to be riding in the rain at all, go with discs.
snappedTrue, on a trial bike it makes sense since you wheel will never be going fast and hard when you have to use it. if you try and get the same brake force out of a rim brake going 80km/h as you will from a solid disc brake you will rip everything apart and you would need so much more force to pull the brake hard enough
MACAQUEYup. Rim brakes can't dissipate heat nearly as well as discs, so for high speeds they're almost useless