What are the best style of breaks for downhill bicycle racing?

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by Terri, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Terri

    Terri Guest

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    I'm new and I'm asking alot of quesiton so here is another.
    I want to get into down hill road racing. What's the best style of Brakes for this? Can I do with out the front brake to cut down on weight?
     
  2. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Certain death, and you'll only save a couple hundred grams.
     

  3. HandsomeRyan

    HandsomeRyan ♥'s Bicycles

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    Front brake is more important to riding than the rear is. (Although I suggest you keep both brakes.)

    The "best" brakes as far as power and modulation are hydraulic disc brakes.
    If best = lightest you'd need to look at lightweight road calipers.