terry from the hill

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  1. terry prowse

    terry prowse New Member

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    G'day people, I'm about to buy a new mountain bike to tour Asia and the area. then off to ,I hope, Africa. Want disc brakes ( a must have ) due to the number of times i've had to take pads off to ride on muddy roads. Must be strong and have a very good front end. no rear suspension. stainless spokes, and all other fittings. I tow a BOB Ibes. Anyone got any idears what I should look at. Or what I should stay away from. Am buying in Australia. :confused: Thank you Terry [email protected].
     
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  2. Rockslayer

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    Sounds like a great place/s to tour.
    I know what you mean with the muddy roads. About discs brakes, they are great but just a few things to keep in mind,
    They don't like water, especially dirty water, dust, grit, mud nothing worse than a clogged or jammed caliper/piston. Replacement parts may be hard to come by, parts can be very specific. Discs can bend and can be a nightmare to fix on the go. Emergency repair / Maintanence can be more complicated sometimes impossible without some extra tools.
    Unless you are doing some fast / downhill technical terrain where you need constant braking control it's may not be a necessity. A good set of disc brakes can set you back a few hundred more. Other than that I love them when they are working and totally loath them when they are not.
    V brakes have less parts which means less can go wrong. parts much easier to come by.

    Alot of makers have touring models with headshocks. These can easily fit paniers, have flat bars for bar ends etc..
     
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    terry prowse New Member

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    Thanks for your answer mate. will look into them a bit more though I think I will end up with them. Regards Terry:cool: :rolleyes: :confused:
     
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    No worries, as long as you pay a little attention to the brakes cleaning if htey need it etc. they are relatively low maint and great to use. They will give you advantage in mud an not jam like on your v brakes. Just take special care in especially transit and removing and replacing the wheels making sure the discs align before tightening the wheels. Pack the wheels best you can in order to protect them and the discs. (baggage handlers are shocking:mad:) Get the plastic slots/spacer for between the calipers so you dont close them when the wheels are off and discs out while transporting the bike. they can be tough to pry open. Goodluck.:D:cool:
     
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